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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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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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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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School life in Nepal: A Day at SMD

School life in Nepal

School life in Nepal varies across the country but at SMD School, we follow the Nepali government curriculum complemented by the teachings of the Buddha. A typical day starts early for everyone: our kids wake up at 5 a.m. (6 a.m. in the winter), wash their faces, brush their teeth and dress in play clothes. Breakfast is at 7 a.m., …

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From the High Himalayan Villages

Nar Village Nepal

Our kids come from some of the most remote and highest Himalayan villages of northern Nepal, from villages that have no electricity, no toilets, no sanitation, no hospitals, no telecommunications and no schools. They come from northern districts with romantic names like Mustang, Dolpo, Humla, Mugu, Manang, Gorkha, and Solu Khumbu. Some of the villages are four to 14 days …

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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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Sangmo reflects on ‘Senior’ Life

Life as a Senior at SMD School, Nepal

We came to experience different stages of life in SMD Shool and Senior life is one of them. ‘Seniors’ are those who stay as part of the school after finishing Class 10. We provide services to the SMD family according to Rinpoche’s aim. There are certain criteria to becoming a Senior. Every senior is chosen according to their performance during …