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SMD Sports Day Celebrations

SMD Sports Day 20187

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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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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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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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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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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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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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 …

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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 …