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Covid-19 Update from SMD School

SMD School prepares for COVID-19

Dear friends and supporters of SMD School near and far: We’d like to send you all a heartfelt Tashi Delek and a brief update on our situation at SMD in Kathmandu. We’re all fine at this stage. We closed SMD School to outsiders over two weeks ago and everyone coming inside (including nuns, monks, other day scholars and staff) have …

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New Song: Pray for the World

Pray For the World - Music Seeds International & SMD School, Kathmandu

Ross Green of Music Seeds International has done it again! This is his third song-writing/recording project with SMD School students in Kathmandu, resulting in “Pray for the World,” just released in time for Losar (Tibetan New Year)! As usual, the students chose the topic and wrote the lyrics. Check out Thrangu Band perform their new song with Ross: Ross also …

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Healthcare for Nar Phu Villages

Opening of new health clinic in Nar Phu

SMD School alumna, Choden Yangchen Lama, worked with Dr. Gosia Trubshaw to reopen the clinic in Choden’s home village of Nar in the District of Manang. Following is a report of Dr. Gosia and a short film that exemplifies the background of the Himalayan Children at SMD School. *** MEDyARTE Charity has recently reopened Thrangu Rinpoche’s Nar Satek Monastery Clinic …

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Thrangu Express ~ SMD’s Student Paper

SMD School Thrangu Express

SMD Students have created their own newspaper for all friends, family and supporters to enjoy. Click on the latest issue and enjoy the read! December 2019: Issue 02 September 2019: Issue 01 Jan-Feb 2018: Issue 07 December 2017: Issue 06 November 2017: Issue 05 September 2017: Issue 04 August 2017: Issue 03 July 2017: Issue 02 June 2017: Issue 01

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Pasang reflects on SMD School

Senior student reflects on SMD School

Thrangu Rinpoche established SMD School to help Himalayan children preserve their own language, their culture and their Buddhist way of life. He encourages our students to go into education and healthcare—both sorely lacking in the mountains of Nepal. And, another triumph! Pasang Lhamo Lama B017 is leaving us to work on a degree in Public Health. She writes: “Subject: Thank …

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Dolma Tsering’s Experience at ISAK

Dolma Tsering from Gorkha disrict is an SMD alumna. She won a scholarship at the International School of Asia Karuizawa (ISAK) in Japan to finish her grade 11 and 12 studies, pursuing an IB (International Baccalaureate) diploma. Right now, she is back at SMD for the summer break and shared her grade 11 experience with us. The first few days …

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Gyurme’s Vision for Lho, Gorkha

SMD alum Tsewang Gyurme in Lho village, Gorkha Nepal

SMD alum Tsewang Gyurme from Lho village, Gorkha district, started Grade 11 in the Management stream last July at HIMS (Himalayan International Model School), about half an hour’s walk from SMD in Boudha. While he still gets to board at SMD, he and six other alumnus are finishing their grade school education at HIMS, as we are too crowded to …

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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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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 …