Frequently Asked Questions
If you’ve read through the site and still have some questions, the following FAQ’s might be helpful. Also, please do not hesitate to contact us directly.
No government in Kathmandu has ever seen fit to address their needs—Himalayan folk live without running water, sanitation and electricity. There is not enough food (close to half the children are stunted) and the people have no access to health care or education.
Thrangu Rinpoche’s aims are to help Himalayan people preserve their language, their culture and their Buddhist way of life. SMD School offers free education, housing, medical and dental care to hundreds of Himalayan children.
Also, tell your friends about us, share our website and like us on Facebook.
All monies donated to Rinpoche’s international charities get to us, but not immediately. Donated funds are accumulated in the country of origin and are wired once a year, because each wire transfer costs money. Once funds arrive in our account, they are converted into Nepali rupees (NRs can’t be exchanged into other currencies).
We advise sponsors to give some small items as well as the main gift. This allows your child to share with all the other children in her/his dorm room. Small gifts which can be shared are meaningful because they allow kids who have nothing to practice generosity, as the Buddha taught.
CHILD’S NAME & ADMISSION NUMBER,
c/o SMD BOARDING SCHOOL, PO BOX 1287,
What about email correspondence?
Sorry! Our children don’t have much access to the internet—we have hundreds of children. Our computer lab is the only access they have to the internet and connections are extremely slow.
Note: We instruct our children not to ask sponsors for anything. If your child asks you for anything, please email Shirley.
Tell your friends about us, share our website (www.himalayanchildren.org) and sign up for our quarterly newsletter. Like and share our Facebook page (facebook.com/ShreeMangalDvipSchool).
Do you have any connection with an independent school that would provide a scholarship for one of our students? We are too crowded to offer Grades 11 & 12. Many independent schools overseas have generously provided full ride scholarships, enabling our students to finish high school.
For more information or to help in any way, please contact us.