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SMD School Summer Update

SMD School Karate Kids

This summer SMD School students had a lot of fun and excitement with many extracurricular activities being offered. They certainly think it’s fun to take breaks from studying. Our support staff, Buddha Tamang with his black belt Karate skills, has successfully developed an SMD Karate program that the kids are loving…and now they impressed us all with their new Karate …

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Reflections from Junu Dimdung

Junu Dimdung

My name is Junu Dimdung. I am a proud graduate of Shree Mangal Dvip Boarding School (SMD) in Nepal and Shawnigan Lake School in BC, Canada. Unlike many children at SMD who come from the high Himalayas in northern Nepal, I am from a destitute village named Mankawnpur Gadhi in the southern part of Nepal, where there was no electricity, …

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Accepting over 40 new kids

SMD School students finished their last day of the 2018 – 2019 school year on April 5th. We had the best exam results this year for years. Every year, after finishing the “Iron Gate” exams, our Class 10 kids go on pilgrimage to the Buddha’s birthplace, Lumbini. Their escort and teacher was our nyerpa (monk manager) Tashi Gyatso. The same …

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Richard climbs Everest for SMD

Richard Dale Everest Fundraising Climb

Richard Dale, a former host dad of one of our alums in Switzerland, is coming back to Nepal end of March to join an expedition to climb Mt. Everest. This climb will be his second attempt to summit the final of the “7 summits”. He has spent the last eight years training and travelling to all seven continents of the …

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Nutritionists at SMD

Holistic nutritionists, Maria and Arantza from Mexico City, came to SMD in September to share their knowledge about nutrition and meal planning. They became part of our family the moment they landed. Following is a summary of their experience: Last September, we had the extraordinary opportunity to teach holistic nutrition for four weeks at SMD School for Himalayan Children in …

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Tribute to a Mentor

Harry Pigot at SMD School

Harry Pigot first visited SMD School when he was studying at Neuchatel Junior College, a Canadian school in Switzerland. At the time, he said he’d come back when he finished an engineering degree. He finished the degree at UBC and then spent a year mentoring SMD students, co-founding Himalayan Makers’ Guild (HMG) and Code Club with Tashi Choeden Lama B716. …

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Film for Change

SMD alumna, Dolma Tsering Lama, recently finished the IB (International Baccalaureate) program at UWC (United World Colleges) ISAK in Japan. She won a full scholarship at Wheaton College MA in the USA to study film as of fall 2018. As so many people are still illiterate in the mountains of Nepal, she thinks short films are a way to bring …

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SMD School Spring Update

This time of year is always bustling with energy at SMD School, and it has been eventful over the past couple of months, to say the least! Here are a few highlights of our activities: We held our final exams for the year from March 22 to 30, followed by results day on April 5 and a short two-week holiday …

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Celebrating 30 Years!

SMD School Celebrating 30 Years

Can you believe it? SMD is turning 30 this year! Thrangu Rinpoche founded our school in 1987, and it is thanks to you, the friends and supporters around the world, that we are well and thriving. We had a couple rough years since the M7.8 earthquake on April 25, 2015, followed by over one hundred aftershocks and the fuel crisis. Kids …