The Marshyangdi Boarding High School

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Our Story

The Marshyangdi School is a K-10 boarding school located in the Nayabazaar district of Kathmandu. We are building a new facility in Raniban that will be able to house twice as many students, expand to be K-12, offer a more open green setting, as well as be structurally resistant to earthquakes.


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Our Mission

“Others Before Self” — The motto of the Marhsyangdi School.

In 1993, Sonam Lama built the Marshyangdi School to provide a safe place for the children of Nepal to receive a quality education. The school currently provides education, room, board, and health care to 210 students from all over the country. Some attend as day students from Kathmandu, but most students are boarders, coming from remote villages in the Himalayas, including the Langtang where villages were buried from avalanches triggered by the 2015 earthquakes

Since it’s inception, Marshyangdi School has provided quality education and a loving community, striving to serve the poorest of the poor students by finding them foreign sponsors to fund their education.

As with most of Nepal, the earthquakes in the spring of 2015 rocked the school. Five beloved students died, and others lost parents, siblings, and other relatives who provided love and financial support. The rented school buildings are still standing, but damaged and not safe. Thus, our goal is to build a new, earthquake-safe facility in Kathmandu that can host twice as many students.

Not only do Marshyangdi students receive a high quality education, but they do so in a loving environment that provides health care, food, housing, and a sense of family. Many of the students come from villages and lives that were not able to meet those basic needs.

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Meet Us


Sonam Lama, principal and founder (pictured above far left)

Prakash Tamang, vice-principal and boarding house master (far right)

American Board

Shereen Sarick, President

Mark Rothman, Treasurer

Griffin Bohm, Vice President

Rocky Altman, Secretary

Paulina Vander Noorda, Board Member

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Marshyangdi School is 100% supported by private philanthropy

Contributions from people like you provide the students with an education, food, a roof over their heads and community so they can thrive.

Donors may sponsor a student by making an annual donation to cover the cost of tuition, room/board, uniforms, and more. In exchange, donors receive a photo, report card, and handwritten letter from their student at the end of every semester.

The other primary fundraising initiative is our capital project to build a new school facility. After the 2015 earthquake in Kathmandu, our current campus was badly damaged, forcing students to sleep outside in makeshift tents. As a result, we are in the process of raising money to build a new, earthquake safe school that would double the capacity of the school. For more information, click on the brochure below:


To help the school and the students, please consider donating.  You may choose to address a check to “Friends of Marshyangdi School” and mail it to:

Friends of Marshyangdi School

133 Prospector Rd Ste. #4102

Aspen, CO 81611

If you would like to learn more about the school, and who we are, you can check us out.

By mailing a check you allow us to use 100% of your donation for the benefit of the school and children. However, if you are unable to mail a check, you can also donate by pressing the “Donate” button below, although PayPal will take 6% of your total gift as a service charge.

Donate Button

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Learn More

To learn more about the Marshyangdi School, education in Nepal, what we’re doing, where your donations go, and any other questions you may have, visit our FAQs page.