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Shree Mangal Dvip School

Shree Mangal Dvip supports girls and boy in crucial aspects of their life and health and in acquiring a modern education. Through no fault of their own, these children and their families have been forced to live in paralyzing poverty and are extremely grateful for whatever support they get. They are born into Buddhist families, and as such, are outside the caste system that stratifies and controls life in Nepal for so many. They are considered of lower worth that those in the caste system and pay a terrible price for living in their home country. They need our help! Supporting these children is great Menla activity and pure joy. As a donor your information is never shared with other charities, and you will not receive ongoing solicitations for funds. Please help in any way you can.

You learn more about the school, including this brief summary that I extracted for use here, at and

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How much does it cost to sponsor a child’s education for an entire year?
SMD Girls studying

Status USD
Boarder 935
Day student 420
Monk 480

Sponsorship rates are set at the start of each school year. We lost 30% of our buildings in the recent earthquake, and our costs rose 36% in the first seven months after the quake. We cannot access the big hall (shrine hall), dining hall, Library, Computer Lab, Science Lab, many classrooms and offices. Two classes are in the garage, and the academic office is on top of the generator. Many classes are outside in temporary shelters. And starting school on April 26, 2016, + 75 children are without sponsors.

2. What does sponsorship cover?
· Day Students Fees cover everything for day students (education, school clothes, school supplies and a hot lunch)
· Boarders Fees cover education, school supplies, room and board on a 12-month basis, clothing, medical and dental care, etc.

3. A full sponsorship is too much for me. Can I still help?
Yes! You can do a partial sponsorship (we arrange that) or you can go together with some friends or colleagues. ANY HELP IS GREAT!

4. I’m worried that I won’t be able to sponsor throughout a child’s entire school career. Can I still help?
It’s a good sign that you’re thinking so far ahead, but don’t worry! We understand that things change. If you start, but can’t continue, let Shirley know.  We’ll find another sponsor.

5. Do people choose a child to sponsor from the photos?
Sometimes they do. Many just tell me to choose one.

6. Can I connect with a child I sponsor?
Absolutely! Write us at: Send your addresses (snail and e-mail) and the kids will be glad to stay in touch.

7. Can I get a receipt for tax purposes if I sponsor or donate?
Yes, if you are in Canada, the US, the Eurozone, Hong Kong or the UK. Please contact one of Thrangu Rinpoche’s non-profits, or visit

Or, in USA see
Himalayan Children’s Fund
c/o Debra Ann Robinson-Menzies
P.O. Box 15644
Beverly Hills CA 90209 USA
Or, donate online:

If you are a government employee, you can donate through the combined Federal Campaign CFC Designation Code 88367

In Canada, see
Namo Buddha Foundation
Public Fdn Reg. # 888437621 RR 0001
c/o Treasurer  Betty Wong
PO Box 46898, Stn. D,
Vancouver, BC, Canada V6J 5M4

SMD studentsYou can make a secure on-line donation at Note: canadahelps charges 3.9% of the donated amount.

Donations over $500 can be made by cheque made payable to “Namo Buddha Foundation, for SMD School”. Please mail your cheque to NBF at the address given above, or visit:,

You can support a day student for about $44 CAD per month, or a boarding student for about $100 CAD per month. This relatively small amount can make many lives shine—the child’s, his or her family’s and community’s, your own and eventually the world’s. As future representatives of their earth-connected, disappearing culture, these children have much to offer. Appended are photos of some of the students you can support.

For other questions, contact Shirley in Nepal at: