The Himalayan Library Shami Bhanjyang higher secondary school

shami bhanjyang library maidi

Introduction:

ABOVE THE HIMALAYA TREKKING, a small school library called “The Himalayan Library” has been established in Maidi Ukhubari Dhading.

The library gets support from  Puru Timalsena, managing director of Above the Himalaya Trekking, and Mr. Jim and Mrs. Carol Jonen, our honorary members from the U.S.A. Mrs. Val Riches from Australia also helped a lot with this project with some money she has and is also involved in many other social projects in Nepal. One of the other helpers for this great project is Mr. Bryan Leonard from Ottowa Township High School, located in Ottowa, Illinois, in the U.S.A. Mr. Ray Williams and Mr. Petre, a high school student from the U.S.A., are also assisting with this project.

the himalayan library maidi

Mr. Felix Erbing, with his two friends John Mayes and Vancelee Hunt, brought some books. They bought them for US$1000 from the U.S.A.; we appreciate their help.

It is about 108 km from Kathmandu.

The Himalayan Library Shami Bhanjyang Higher Secondary School is situated in Maidi VDC, 19 km west of Dhading District headquarters, about 108 km west of Kathmandu. The Shami Bhanjyang School is the apex of the public educational institution. Among the five VDCs, Maidi, Dhola, Khari, Nalang, and Salang are meant to be densely populated. Approximately thirty thousand people live southwest of Dhading district in the rural mid-hill area.


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    Current Situation:

    We recently started this small library called the Himalayan Library Shami Bhanjyang Higher Secondary School.

    We are in the early starting phase and still short of funds, so we have only a few books available. These books, which the school offered to us, are located in the library room. We have about 1000 students at the school from grade 1 to +2. They need books for children up to +2. We don’t have enough books yet to offer our +2 students in education, commerce, and arts.


    Why the Himalayan Library Shami Bhanjyang Higher Secondary School?

    SamiBhanjyang Higher Secondary  School was established in 1969 with the joint help of the people of five VDCs, and it has become a small society. The students who join the school are all from different races, castes, and areas. Although the school has existed since 1969, they have not been able to provide a library for their students. Neither the Nepalese government nor anybody from the private sector seemed to be making an effort to build a library at this school.

    Currently, the school accommodates over 1000 students. Due to the lack of books available, these students are all forced to learn only from their one provided textbook and follow the traditional and sometimes dull way of studying. No new approach to teaching has been practiced for decades. The students cannot acquire new knowledge or do any further research in areas they are interested in.

    As a result, many students fail their national exams, and those lucky enough to pass them have many difficulties searching for future opportunities. When they go to college or try to find a good job, they have so much competition from students from other private and well-established schools, and they suffer from the lack of proper education and development. They will lose opportunities, and most of the time, they will also remain unemployed.

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    Here are the reasons we need a school library

     

    To provide textbooks in the card system to students who can’t afford their books, facilitate teachers’ and students’ teaching-learning activities, provide extra sources of knowledge, and utilize the learners’ leisure time.


    Future Plan:

    At the moment, we are already happy with the few books we can supply to the library. But we want the library and the possibilities and knowledge of these students to grow!

    We plan to add many valuable resources for the students (both lower class and graduate students), such as books, magazines, or journals.

    Looking for your help:

    We have made a good, solid start to the library with the sum of US$1500.

    But we need more books covering fields and subjects, and another room with furniture to run this library even better in the future. Growing up, going to school, and learning more in the library means a future for the children.

    Our target is to raise another US$3000 by the end of this year.


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      Donate!

      It’s easy—we’ve set up an online donations page where you can pay via Visa or Mastercard.

       

      This is where you can help:

      You can help by donating to the library. For administrative reasons, we ask you to give a minimum of $25US.

      Your money will be used to purchase books in English for 1st to 12th-grade students. The books were purchased with your donation. Afterward, your name will be on the front cover with the date and contribution.

      After receiving your help, you will get a letter of appreciation from the library.

      Donate now. Become a member of the team. Who made the first library in the remote hilly region of Nepal? (Maidi VDC Dhading District) a reality!

      Suppose you are planning to visit Nepal shortly and would like to see the result of your help and donations. Above the Himalaya Trekking will be more than happy to assist you in visiting the area and its newly established library!

       

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