Our 2019 Goal is $40,000!
So what will $40,000 accomplish?
Our priority for 2019 is to ensure the operations of all the schools are fully supported; teacher salaries, books, stationary, school uniforms, food, supplies, critical repairs etc.
2019 Projects in Brief
Saldang will require support for general operations of the school and we will determine the exact portions of the budget that we will cover when I meet with Pema Wangyal in Dec of 2018. We expect that some of our funding will be allocated to project teacher salaries and some to school supplies such as books, pens, rulers etc., school uniforms (traditional chupa), warm socks (we like to supply warm socks each year!) and basic sporting equipment like skip ropes and footballs. There is a high likelihood that we will need to provide some funding for roof repair. A long term solution to this problem is needed but for now, we can cover existing structures with plastic to get through a year or two more.
$20,000 for the school at Karang. This school has lost all other funding sources so we hope to provide a much higher level of support to them this year.
We also hope to provide several of their graduating students with scholarships to continue their education beyond grade 5. Pema Gojor Gurung, the school coordinator for Karang, has been working tirelessly to find funding for a hostel in Kathmandu and to qualify his students for discounted school fees at the Tibetan exile school where Altitude Project currently supports Tenzin Norbu.
$2,000 for the school at Ku as another one-time grant. This extremely remote school was brought to our attention earlier this year by Peter Werth, a philanthropist who works building sustainable energy and water projects throughout the Upper Dolpo. We were able to provide a grant of $1,500. Together, with a variety of NGOs, we cobbled together enough funds to keep this school going in 2018.
In December we will be meeting with Pema Tsering Gurung, the coordinator of the school in Ku, to learn more about their needs.
Tenzin Norbu, Saldang Graduate
We will continue to support Tenzin Norbu as he enters class 9 at a Tibetan exile school in Kathmandu.
Saldang School only goes to class 6. The schools at Karang and Komas go to class 5. To continue their education, students must move to Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal and a world away from the Dolpo. Please read more, these are truly amazing kids!
And, if we exceed our goal, we will contribute to a teacher training program that is currently being discussed by REED, Rural Education and Environment Development Centre. This training program will provide a huge benefit to the quality of education in the Upper Dolpo.
REED’s activities focus on imparting quality education through teachers’ training, child protection, environment and climate change, gender and social inclusion, and learning & life skills.
It always seems impossible, until it’s done.
– Nelson Mandela.