Suryadaya is a primary school in the
tiny village of Bakhang in the Nepali Himalayas. The village is very remote and
is an eight hour drive and a further eight hour trek from Nepal’s capital,
The village itself is home to 200
families of Tibetan origin who still speak Tibetan, practice Buddhism and live
a Tibetan way of life.
There are 85 children in Bakhang and
they all go to Suryada school.
Even though a lot of people in
Bakhang were born and raised there, most do not speak Nepali and the majority
of adults never had the opportunity to go to school. This makes it very
difficult for them to get jobs, even in the bigger towns or in Kathmandu. So in
Bakhang, people rely on unpredictable farming to earn a living - growing what
they need to eat and keeping and trading livestock.
That is why education is so important.
With a good basic education, the
village children can go on to further studies at bigger towns or in Kathmandu.
This gives them a much better chance of getting the jobs they need to live
secure, independent lives.
There is very little money in the
village and most families struggle with the daily basics of food, clothing and
shelter. They simply cannot afford to pay any school fees and so the school relies
heavily on any funding it can get from charity and individual supporters.*
Living Mindfully has partnered with
Golden Flatts school in Hartlepool to raise money to provide the school with
some much needed resources and support.
At the moment, the school has no
computers at all and most of the children have never even used a computer.
We are raising money to buy two
laptops for the school so the children can get comfortable with using them as
soon as possible – a crucial skill they will need for their future education
The school was totally destroyed in
the two massive earthquakes which struck Nepal in 2015.
Tibet Relief Fund paid for the
reconstruction of the school which was rebuilt using ‘earth brick’ technology
by the villagers themselves and a local organisation, Build Up Nepal.
The new school is now complete and
children are returning to classes but there is no money for running costs going