Education  Nepal Project #31872

Tsharka Tibetan Elementary School, Dolpo, Nepal

by International Community Development Foundation
Tsharka Tibetan Elementary School, Dolpo, Nepal
Students in new uniforms and new classrooms
Students in new uniforms and new classrooms

The 2019 school year at Tsharka School in Dolpo, Nepal, is almost half finished. The new classrooms are largely complete. Students now have better conditions in which to study and learn. The school campus is being transformed!

Tenzin, the only student to have started his education at Tsharka School and completed tenth grade in Kathmandu, returned to Tsharka to teach for two months during his summer vacation. He plans to complete his education and become a government-qualified teacher — and hopefully return to teach at Tsharka School.

A generous donor provided school uniforms of blue fleece jackets and track suit pants for the students.

ICDF remains committed to paying the salaries of our energetic School Coordinator Samdup and excellent long-term teachers Tse-Wang and Thupten. They provide the foundation for the education of our students: the interaction between teachers and learners.

Teacher Tse-Wang teaching younger students
Teacher Tse-Wang teaching younger students
Tenzin teaching during his summer break
Tenzin teaching during his summer break
Religious shrines in Tsharka (Chharka)
Religious shrines in Tsharka (Chharka)
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Heading back to school
Heading back to school

In April, the families who spent the winter months in Kathmandu, or elsewhere at lower elevations, returned to Tsharka. Our School Coordinator, Samdup Tsering, bundled up all the school supplies for the coming school year so they could be transported on horseback from Jomsom, over the high passes, to the school. At the beginning of May, the students returned to school for this school year, which will go through the end of October. Because the school term is shorter in Tsharka than elsewhere in Nepal, the students have to cover more material each day. Despite this, our students have been showing good progess on the standardized tests they take at the end of each year. This year, the students will enjoy studying in the new, bright classrooms that were completed last year. With more students enrolled this year than ever before, the school is bustling with activity!

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This is the winter season in the high Himalayas. Tsharka village is covered in snow and the high passes that one must cross to reach the outside world are impassable. Many of the villagers and their families move to lower elevations during the winter months. Our School Coordinator Samdup Tsering spends the winter with his family in Kathmandu, preparing for the next school year. He must collect all the materials that students will need in the upcoming year — textbooks, notebooks, pens and pencils, art materials, sports equipment, and everything else — and package it for horses to carry. In April, he and the other villagers will return to Tsharka and get ready to start school at the beginning of May. In the photo, you can see that at the end of the school year in October, snow has already started to fall.

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This school year – in Tsharka the school year goes from May 1 through October 31 – was a very successful year. The school building project, which has been underway for three years, was completed and thirteen new classrooms are now in use. The NGO Dolpo Tomorrow built four classrooms and the NGO Chay Ya built five classrooms (with blue roofs). Two classrooms, which were constructed by the District Education Office in 2010 and which were cracked and crumbling, were demolished last year and the materials were used in building four new classrooms (with red roofs). The District Education Office funded a new block of toilets, improving hygiene at the school. A new greenhouse, funded by Chay Ya, has been built to supplement the greenhouse which was built by the NGO Drokpa in 2010. The decision was made to demolish the original school building, built in 2004 by the NGOs Room-to-Read and ICDF, and reuse the wooden beams in new construction. The demolition of the old building will begin next year. Tsharka School campus is being transformed. In the photo above, the new classrooms can be seen in the background, as a student receives a kata for passing his exams.

With the new wind generator donated and installed by the NGO Himalayan Currents, the school now has enough power to light the new classrooms, recharge telephones and computers, and operate a printer. The wind generator is visible at the top of the pole in the photo above.



The new buildings and activity at the school have prompted more local families to get involved in the school. The crowd at this year's school picnic and achievement ceremony was the largest ever. Students performed traditional dances in authentic dress donated by Lama Pema and his organization, as shown in the photo above. The school is the cultural, as well as the educational, center of Tsharka.


Enrollment is increasing. Of the 120 children in Tsharka, two-thirds of them are now enrolled in the school. Some of the remaining children are sent to boarding schools, but as Tsharka School facilities improve, parents are deciding to keep their children at home and enroll them in the local school. We are actively trying to convince parents whose children do not attend school to allow them to do so – and we are successfully enrolling more children each year.

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New Wind Power Generator Successfully Installed
New Wind Power Generator Successfully Installed

This summer has seen exciting new developments at Tsharka School. School Coordinator Samdup Tsering has been instrumental in attracting donations for the school from several NGOs and individuals. The salaries of the School Coordinator, two teachers, and the cook -- the real basis of the school being the teachers and the information they convey to the students -- continue to be covered by ICDF, through its Global Giving project.

Wind Power Generator: Peter Werth, through his organization Himalaya Currents Inc., provided a wind-solar hybrid power system for Tsharka School. In May, he brought the wind generator and other materials to Crystal Mountain School, Dho-Tarap, Dolpo, and presented them to School Coordinator Samdup Tsering. With the help of a specially trained teacher from Tingyu School whom Peter sent, the power system was successfully installed in July. The power system provides light to the entire school building and can also power other electronic devices including a computer, printer and projector. Wind power has made the school a brighter and friendlier place to study and learn.

School Enrollment Day: On July 17, School Coordinator Samdup Tsering and the teachers conducted an "Open School Day" program to encourage villagers to enroll their children in Tsharka School. The program was suggested and sponsored by Doreen Kindermann from Switzerland. Seventy children are now enrolled Tsharka School, out of 120 children in the village. Some of those remaining fifty children are sent to private schools outside of Dolpo, but most do not attend school at all.

Doreen brought gifts of pencils, books and chocolates and she donated money with which the school bought hygienic items including soap, tooth paste, tooth brushes and handkerchiefs for every single school-age child in the village. During "Open School Day," teachers distributed the gifts and hygienic items to all the village children, as well as clothes and shoes brought by the team of the NGO Chay Ya and school bags donated by Lama Pema of Tsharka.

The program worked so well that ten new students were enrolled by their parents that day. ICDF's goal is to have all the village children enrolled in their local community school.

Open School Day at Tsharka School
Open School Day at Tsharka School
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International Community Development Foundation

Location: Fort Lupton, CO - USA
Project Leader:
Barbara Euser
Fort Lupton, CO United States
$29,047 raised of $40,000 goal
235 donations
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