People in the Project

Who for Whom




Every project lives through the people who are involved. In this case that means the children, who are the central concern, and their teachers and supporters of every kind, Nepalese as well as European.
 

The children

There are currently 20 children living in the school. Here we present them from the youngest to the oldest. They come from villages near and far, many of them even from Upper Mustang, which is two days away on foot. They all come from families, who would be unable to send their children to a good school, were it not for the free facility at the Medical Center.

 
Dolma Tsering

Born 2008 in Jharkot,
2 siblings, joined the boarding school in 2013.
Dolma Tsering, also known as Nani Dolma (little Dolma), needed two attempts to cope with being away from home - now she's fine!
 
Tashi means "luck" in Tibetan and that suits sunny Tashi Dolma. When necessary she gets stuck in just like the big kids! Tashi Dolma

from Tangya.
Born 2006,
2 siblings, came to us in
2013.
 
Tsering Yangdon

from Phaylak, east of Kali Gandaki.
Born 2006, 2 siblings, came to us in 2013.
The third in a band of young newcomers in 2013, reserved, tenacious, loves pastels ...
 
Came to the boarding school when she was 4, which was not an easy start. Now she's the ringleader among the young ones, a happy bundle of energy. Tsering Lhamo

also from Phaylak.
Born 2006,
2 siblings, at the school since 2010.
 
Pasang Choedon

comes from Gyaghar in Upper Mustang..
Born 2006,
3 siblings, at the school since 2012.
Pasang Choedon is the April weather of the group: when she's happy, the sun shines - her gloomier moods are heavy storms ...
 
Cheerful Tenzin Tsewang loves Momos (and they're rare, because they're a lot of work) and... maths! Tenzin Tsewang

comes from Phaylak, on the other side of Kali Gandaki.
Born 2006, 1 sister, joined us in 2014.
 
Tsering Wangmo

from Sandhak in Upper Mustang, joined us in 2014. Born 2006, 2 siblings
Tsering Wangmo is a thoughtful little girl. She loves to read and always looks forward to English lessons in particular.
 
Tsering Mentok is Lhakpa Tsering's sister and just as headstrong as him. When she grows up, she wants to be a policewoman!

Tsering Mentok

also from Sandhak - a long way away! Born 2005, 3 siblings. Joined in 2014.
 
Kelsang is a serious, mature, sporty girl, close friends with Pemba Lhamo and Lhakpa Wangmo. Kelsang Gurung

Born 2004 or
2005 in Jharkot,
2 siblings, with us since 2012.
 
Pemba Lhamo

Born 2005 in Jharkot,
2 siblings, came to the school in 2012.
Pemba Lhamo's family lives in Jharkot, but she still spends most weekends with her big "school family".
 
We have known Lhakpa Wangmo since she was a baby. She's always up for anything, yet is reliable and capable at school. Lhakpa Wangmo

Born 2005 in Jharkot, the third in her year from this village. 2 siblings, joined us in 2012.
 
Dolma Gurung

born 2004, comes from Manang, beyond Thorung La. She has 2 siblings and has attended our school since 2014.
Dolma Gurung loves the Tibetan language, and she knows what she'll be when she grows up: a teacher. Perhaps here ...
 
Mischievous Tsering Dharkey is the only boy among the newcomers in 2014, but gets on wonderfully with the girls. Tsering Dharkey

born in 2003 and comes from Dzong,
2 siblings. Came to us in 2014.
 
Pema Wangchuk

from Gyaghar in Upper Mustang. Born 2003,
1 sister, at the school since 2010.
Pema Wangchuk is a peaceful young boy, who can nonentheless be very light-hearted. Holds the position of "Guardian of the craft supplies".
 
Lhakpa is enormormously gifted with language, mischievous and outgoing. She is a pillar of the young community. Lhakpa Chenzom

from Ghara in Upper Mustang. Born 2003,
2 siblings, joined the school in 2007
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Angya Gurung

comes from Phaylak, like Tsering Lhamo. Born 2003,
2 siblings, at the school since 2010.

Angya, a slight, friendly boy, can lose himself in drawing. We were quite amazed when we then saw him playing football...
 
Almost always in a good mood, this girl loves to sing and dance - and does so very well. crocheting headbands, playing UNO... there's always something to do. Palsang Lhamo

from Chuksang in Upper Mustang. Born 2002,
2 siblings, came to the school in 2010.
 
Bhujung, whom we met as a cheerful little boy, has become the clown of the group. He dreams of having his own bike... Bhujung Gurung

also from Phaylak, 5 hours on foot from Jharkot.
Born 2002,
3 siblings,
joined us in 2007.
 
Lhakpa Tsering

comes from Sangdak.
Between 2002 and 2004 (we believe even later),
2 siblings, at the school since 2012.

Lhakpa Tsering has a childlike, almost quirky, kind mind. He takes an interest in everything and anything can become a toy for him.
 
Karchung Lhamo is an independent, mature girl. She runs the library together with Pema Yangdon. Karchung Lhamo

comes from the village of Surkhang in Upper Mustang. Born 2001,
1 border, at the school since 2009.
 
Pema Yangdon

from Ghara, Surkhang in Upper Mustang.
Born 2000,
3 siblings, at the school since 2010
Pema Yangdon's temperament really shines through when she sings and dances along to Nepalese hits.

...and because it's fun to look at the photos that we replaced with newer ones, here is the Student Archive >>

People in charge
mohan gurung Mohan Gurung is the head of the school, English and Maths teacher and educator; he lives 24 hours a day with the children, manages the shopping, reconstruction measures, meetings with the village committee and with the school committee and much more. mohan gurung
His wife and children live near Pokhara, he only sees them in the holidays. Mohan's family is from Jharkot, but he grew up in India. When he was 21 years old and visited the village of his ancestors for the first time, Tsewang Norbu, the project director at the time, offered him employemnt as part-time English teacher – and Mohan stayed.Mohan's story >>
mohan gurung Tsering Dolkar teaches Tibetan. Like Mohan she lives full-time with the children at the centre. Apart from teaching she attends to the daily issues of the boarding school, is the motherly contact person for the children and by leading the daily morning and evening pujas she is also responsible for their traditional religious education. mohan gurung
Tsering Dolkar's family is from Tibet. Like so many others, after the Chinese occupation of their native country her parents fled to Nepal, where Tsering Dolkar was born in a refugee camp . Tsering Dolkar about herself >>
Rishikant Rishikant has been working as the school's cook since 2009. He is from the Terai, the tropical lowland of Nepal. When we first arrived in Jharkot he was new as well and quite guarded. In the meantime he has developed an affectionate relationship with the children who add lots of chili to his already quite spicy dishes... Rishikant
     
 
Former students

Children who have "outgrown" our school have the opportunity to receive further education, or job training according to their talents and interests.

Our project team looks for the right solution for each child and keeps in regular contact with them. You can see how everyone is getting on in the
........................................................................Student Archive >>
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