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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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TD receives UBC Scholarship

Tsewang_Diki_SMD_School_Alumna

SMD School alumna, Tsewang Diki (‘TD’), recently graduated from grade 12 at Shawnigan Lake Boarding School in British Columbia, Canada. Not only did she do so with flying colours, but she also won a full-ride, four-year scholarship to the University of British Columbia (UBC; among the top 50 universities in the world) in Canada to study sciences. TD says that …

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NASA Astronaut visits SMD

Our new school year is off to a great start and we’ve been busy—we’ve had many visitors, club and sports activities, a fire puja, an election, Environment Day, Hostel Night, and more. One of the key highlights was the visit and presentation by American engineer and former NASA astronaut, Sandra Hall Magnus. The kids were riveted by her talk. She …

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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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Tsering Namgyal reflects on SMD

“I recently attended a conference on sustainability in Nepal. Once the conference had ended, the networking activities had come to a grinding halt, and reports on Nepalese economics were filed, I decided to visit a school for Himalayan children. Shree Mangal Dvip (SMD) boarding school lies just a stone’s throw from Boudhanath Stupa, a revered Tibetan Buddhist spiritual site in Nepal’s …