Education for 13,000 Children in the High Himalaya

$6,374 $14,626
Raised Remaining


Providing primary education for 13,000 ethnic Tibetan children living in poverty in one of the most isolated and extreme environments in the world: above 10,000 ft in the Indian Himalayas.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Children have to walk miles to reach an ill-equipped classroom, without heating or electricity in temperatures as low as -40C, & typically with an absentee teacher. The curriculum is based on things from plains-India and irrelevant to the children’s mountain lives. It is also in Hindi or English rather than their mother-tongue. Consequently literacy levels range from 0%-40%, the drop-out rate 48%, & communities remain trapped in poverty. 13,000 children across 600 villages will benefit.

How will this project solve this problem?

Establish 136 Supplementary Schools, 5 Resource Centers and 17 Resource Libraries, and train 272 local teachers. 38 of the Supplementary Schools in the most remote villages will be provided with solar energy to ensure heating and power.

Potential Long Term Impact

Children in the High Himalayas all have access to high quality primary education; girls equally to boys. The community recognizes the value of culturally relevant education that gives them livelihoods opportunities; reducing poverty.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $6,374

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $6,374 .  The original project funding goal was $21,000.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).


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Thanks to 95 donors like you, a total of $6,374 was raised for this project on GlobalGiving. Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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Karuna Trust

London, England, United Kingdom

Project Leader

Steven Murdoch

Staff Member
London, UK United Kingdom

Where is this project located?

Map of Education for 13,000 Children in the High Himalaya