The Students

The children’s age varies from the youngest being 5 and the oldest being 18.  Some of the girls are orphans, others have no family members that are able to care for them due to extreme poverty or poor health and others have no access to schooling due to the remoteness of their homes or nomadic lifestyle.

At present we have 51 nuns coming from different villages and remote regions of Nepal.  All come from impoverished families struggling to survive economically and  physically within farming communities.

Our newest students:

Recently, five young girls together with their parents and siblings arrived at the school from Dolpo, a very remote area in Western Nepal.  The two families walked for 9 days from their home village to get to the nunnery school and asked the head lama to consider admitting their daughters to enable them to have an education.

None of the girls (aged 8 to 11) have had a chance to attend to school as there are no schools anywhere near their village.  Their parents, brothers and sisters are also uneducated and illiterate and when asked to sign the admission forms, all of them did so using their fingerprint instead of signature.  But despite this lack of education both sets of parents have very strong determination to provide education to younger ones.  How could they be refused?