Schools in Nubri and Tsum
Educational resources in the highlands of Nepal have a history of obstacles and limitations. Isolated locations and a lack of teachers contributed to a high drop-out rate among students. Often a parent’s only option was to send a young child away to Kathmandu or India where they could obtain a secular or monastic education through the help of foreign sponsors. Children educated away from their native areas rarely return home; out-migration threatens the future viability of the highland communities. Nepal SEEDS is dedicated to developing the rural school system in Nubri and Tsum so children can obtain a quality education while living within the cultural environment of their community.
Gauri Shankar Primary School, Sama Village, Nubri

Sama is a village on the border with China. Before Nepal SEEDS involvement started in 1997, not a single child had received a first grade education. Initially a small day school, the Gauri Shankar Primary School evolved through the efforts of community leaders Ula Jigme and Phurbu Tsewang into a boarding school serving nearly 100 children from kindergarten through grade six. As a local boarding facility it allows students to concentrate on studies after classes instead of farming and household chores.
The Gauri Shankar Primary School is considered by Nepal’s Ministry for Social Welfare to be a model for rural education that lessens the trend of young people moving to the cities. The school teaches the standard Nepali government curriculum and provides a culturally relevant education that includes Tibetan language, local history, and nature conservation. Nepal SEEDS pays the salaries of three teachers and provides instructional materials and food.
Headmaster Phurbu Tsewang’s commitment spans a decade and represents the dedication of Nepal SEEDS teachers who choose to remain in their communities to uplift the welfare of local children. He has forged relationships with other organizations to assist in developing the school. Today the Gauri Shankar Primary School has the reputation of having the best teaching methods in the Upper Gorkha District, and villagers are enthusiastic about the education offered by the school. A parent notes, “Now I use only my fingerprint as a signature; my son will be able to read and write his name.”
Sisneri, Chitlang, and Bhorle Schools  
Nepal SEEDS has worked with the Tamang, Newar, Brahmin, and Chhetri inhabitants of the Makawanpur and Rasuwa districts for over 10 years, funding school construction and renovation, teacher salaries, and instructional materials. Our presence in these schools improves facilities, enriches curriculum, and gives rural youths greater opportunities for a quality education. In Bhorle VDC of Rasuwa District Nepal SEEDS provides salaries for three teachers at Janakalyan Primary School, three teachers at Suryodaya Primary School, and one teacher at Jwalamukhi Primary School.

Teacher Mayadevi Poudel has worked with Nepal SEEDS for over 10 years where she fulfills an integral role in developing the local school system. She was recently appointed School Headmaster by the Nepali government. In Makawanpur District Nepal SEEDS supports a teacher who focuses on environmental health at Sisneri’s Bandevi Primary School, and a teacher at Kalidevi Primary School in Chitlang. Nepal SEEDS also supports a teacher’s salary at Manakamana Primary School in Pharping, Kathmandu District, considered a model school in the area. The community strongly supports the school and donates labor and supplies.
Shree Manakamana School for the Deaf

Deaf children in Nepal are socially marginalized and provided minimal opportunities to learn and attain independent and dignified lives. The Shree Manakamana School for the Deaf combats this problem by providing over 100 deaf students from kindergarten through ninth grade a safe and healthy place to learn and develop independent life skills. Since 2008 Nepal SEEDS has provided assistance through annual donations of food and the salary for a teacher.
A major problem at the school is lack of water; staff and students used to walk half a mile to an unreliable well, and even further during the dry season. This time-consuming chore detracted from studies, and was especially dangerous for these children who have difficulty sensing and avoiding dangers such as wild boars and falling rocks.
In 2012 Nepal SEEDS helped build a system to pipe water directly to the school for drinking, bathing, toilets, washing clothing and dishes, and growing vegetables on garden plots. A reliable water source dramatically improves the children’s health and wellbeing through better sanitation and nutrition. Additionally, the water system relieves children from the physically demanding task of fetching water from a distant source. More time for studies and a healthier environment enhances the Shree Manakamana School’s ability to provide opportunities for deaf children to lead productive and dignified lives.
Nepal Seeds Scholarships

Read about our 2013 scholarship recipients from the Daniel Kafle Memorial Fund.

In 2006, Nepal SEEDS provided a scholarship to Shyam Pudasaini to pursue his dream to become a doctor.  Shyam recently completed medical school at Dalian University in Dalian, China. During his five years of schooling, Shyam was ranked in the top 10% of his class, earning him a Dean’s award, all while learning Chinese! Shyam returned home in July 2011 and now works at Patan Hospital. He is committed to providing medical care to rural communities supported by Nepal SEEDS. In this video he returns to his birth village and talks how he plans to use his education and skills to improve the local healthcare situation.

In 1998 Nepal SEEDS provided scholarships for two boys and two girls from Nubri to attend school in Kathmandu.   The long-term goal was to provide them with the educational skills that can benefit people in their remote valley. In 2010 Dawa Norbu completed his education and now works as a teacher in his home village, Sama. Nyima Samdup completed his studies in social science in 2012 and recently accepted a teaching position at Gauri Shankar Primary School in Sama. Tsewang Sangmo and Pema Diki are in nursing school and plan to bring health care improvements to Nubri after completing their education.


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Nepal SEEDS supports a number of other schools in Nubri, including in Prok and Tsak villages. In Tsum we support the Chule-Nyile Primary School and the Buddha Primary School in Chhekampar. We fund teacher salaries, instructional materials, and daily milk as a nutritional supplement. Strong community support for the schools has developed throughout Nubri and Tsum. As one community leader reported, if students are absent from school he goes to their homes and tells the parents, "Without education we are like blind people."