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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 Health Assistants Save Lives

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Pran Maya Khadki comes from a small village called Namo Buddha, where our founder, Thrangu Rinpoche established Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery. This is also where SMD Branch School for monks is. After she finished Class 10, Pran Maya took the three-year Health Assistants (paramedic) training.  When the earthquakes hit in 2015, Lama Sangay, one of our monks in Malaysia raised …

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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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30 years of free education

SMD School for Himalayan Children 30th Anniversary

On November 20th, SMD School held a grand celebration to commemorate 30 years of free education for Himalayan Children in the presence of the founder, the Very Venerable Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche, the Khenpos and Lamas of Thrangu Monastery, and many SMD alumni. Some of them shared their life journey and expressed with gratitude the important role that the free education provided …

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Tashi Dolma Helps Nubri Villages

Tashi Dolma on Larke Pass

Tashi Dolma Lama is one of our SMD alumna who won a scholarship to finish her high-school diploma in Canada at Bishop Strachan School in Toronto, Ontario in 2011, after which she went on to complete her Bachelor of Arts & Sciences Degree at Quest University in Squamish, BC, Canada earlier this year. She writes to us about her recent …

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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! 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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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 Graduation Day

SMD Graduation Day 2017

SMD alumna, Sangita Tamang, her friends and the SMD administrative team, organized a ‘SMD Graduation Day’ on July 15th for the grade ten graduating class (SMD school is unfortunately too crowded to offer grades 11 and 12). The program opened at ten o’ clock with Thrangu Rinpoche’s long live prayer. Among the honorary guests were representatives from Rinpoche’s monasteries and …

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Sonam Colours his Dreams

Sonam Gurung, SMD alum and artist, just returned from Red Cross Nordic United World College in Norway, where he was studying on scholarship to complete grades 11 and 12. While there, he presented a project proposal to make art classes available to SMD School students after class, hold art exhibitions and produce new generations of artists at SMD. His project …

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SMD Alumni Graduate in Canada

SMD Alumna Dechen Dolma graduates from UVic

We are so proud of SMD alumni Tenzin Sherpa and Dechen Dolma who graduated with their bachelor degrees from Universities in western Canada this month. Dechen came to SMD from the remote Himalayan village of Lho, in the Nubri region of Nepal. As one of our outstanding students, she finished Class 10 with us, after which she won a scholarship …