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TD receives UBC Scholarship

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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 …

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SMD Sports Day Celebrations

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Our annual SMD Sports Day is always a much anticipated and exciting event for all the students, faculty and staff at SMD. This year’s event was held on January 31 and organized by Tenzin Loden with assistance from SMD senior students and teachers. The event opened with a marching parade by the school houses and the school band. It also …

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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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Compassion Health Centre

Compassion Health Centre, Tsum Valley, Gorkha

Dolma Sherpa is a SMD alumna who finished her paramedic training in Kathmandu. After working as a teacher at SMD School for a couple years, she recently had the opportunity to go to Tsum Valley in the Gorkha district to work as a Health Assistant at the Compassion Health Centre. Read more about her impact at the clinic… I had …

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SMD Girls on Tibet Soccer Team

SMD students, Lhakpa Bhuti and Tsewang Dolma, are at a football training camp in India right now with the Tibet Women’s Soccer team. In one week they fly to Vancouver to play in the Vancouver International Soccer Festival (VISF). They are super excited, and we have a feeling this trip will blow their minds! The team was supposed to play …

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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 …

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SMD Building Repair Update

Nepal Earthquake Renovation at SMD School

April 25th marked the second anniversary of the M7.8 earthquake in Nepal, during which we lost the use of our main classroom building. So many people helped us and so many continue to help. Bless your hearts! The retrofit started in July 2016 (it took over a year to receive government permission). Our ‘C Block’ building (the main classroom building) …

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Introducing Wangchuk Tenzin

Our new Principal at SMD School, Acharya Wangchuk Tenzin, started with us in April 2016, taking over for interim Principal, Lama Nyima Dorje. A former student of SMD, Wangchuk went on to higher Buddhist studies in ‘Shedra’ (monastic university) after he gained some management skills working in different parts of Thrangu Rinpoche’s organization. With his kind heart and his understanding …