Running a kindergarten in Sama, a remote Himalayan village serves as a beacon of hope, offering children the chance to receive a quality education, embrace their cultural roots, and contribute to the future growth of their community.
We currently have 45 students enrolled in our kindergarten, all aged between 3- 6. We follow Montessori education which focuses on hands-on, self-directed learning that allows children to explore and discover the world around them at their own pace. These activities foster independence, critical thinking, and a lifelong love for learning. Our kindergartens operate from morning 8.30AM to evening 4PM each day, six days a week with a nutritious hot lunch at noon and an afternoon snack.
The kindergarten provides a nurturing environment for young children to develop essential cognitive, social, emotional, and physical skills during their formative years. We believe establishing an educational foundation at an early age sets the stage for lifelong learning, creating a strong basis for future academic pursuits. The kindergarten integrates local culture, traditions, and language in the curriculum, helping preserve the community's unique heritage. We also teach and provide children with health, hygiene careand proper nutrition through lunch & snacks, positively impacting their overall well-being.
Children learn social skills, teamwork, and effective communication through interaction with peers, teachersand through various other activities. We also try our best to involve parents in their children's education, encouraging active involvement and support in their learning journey. Our kindergartens offer a safe and structured environment for children to learn, play, and develop, especially in areas like Prok which has verylimited recreational facilities. These also prepares children for a smoother transition to primary school, reducing drop-out rates and ensuring continued education.
Education empowers the local community by equipping children with the skills and knowledge needed to engage in broader society, contributing positively to their community's growth. Early education increases children's opportunities for better education, employability, and overall quality of life as they grow thus, breaking the cycle of poverty.
Samagaun village is located in the Nepalese High Himalayas within the Manaslu Conservation Area, by the Tibetan border. This conservation area is divided into Nubri and Tsum valleys. Sama, based at 3,500m above sea level, is one of the 10 villages of Nubri and is located at the foot of Mount Manaslu, the world‘s eighth highest mountain.
The community donated a plot of land the size of 24x24m, which is located in the heart of the village for the Kindergarten. The building includes three classrooms, a teacher‘s room, washrooms, a kitchen, and a dining room. Classrooms on the south side have a passive solar heating wall. The construction of the kindergarten was funded by Rokpa International.
SPONSOR A CHILD
The cost to sponsor a child is US$ 1,200/ Year or $100/ Month.
If a full child sponsorship is too much, you can still help through a partial sponsorship by teaming up with some friends, colleagues, parents, or a community group. In such a case, you will be contributing US$50/ month = $600/ year each.