“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.