Project #2415

Improve education for Nepali girls and minorities

by The Santi School Project


In remote villages in Nepal, we build and repair primary schools and provide specialized early childhood education training for local teachers, because government-sponsored training is limited.
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Before we opened the Santi Primary School in May 2008, there was no school in a Tamang village in Ramche, a rural area in the mountains of Nepal's Sindhupalchok district. About half the people in the village are Tamang, one of the smallest indigenous ethnic minorities in Nepal whose members often face discrimination. After we built the school, we discovered that many of the surrounding schools lacked resources; either they needed books or renovations or their teachers lacked training.


We're addressing the problem in 3 ways. First, we provide specialized early childhood education training for teachers at our school and at surrounding schools. And, we make renovations to schools. Finally, we're providing classroom materials.

Long-Term Impact

Barely half of all children complete primary school in Nepal. We have found success by making learning fun with more child-friendly classrooms. The children want to come to school, their parents are satisfied, and teachers are happy with their jobs.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


10-minute documentary about Ramche and our school
Baltimore City Paper article about the project
a look inside the classrooms
inauguration ceremony: Shree Santi Primary School

Organization Information

The Santi School Project

Location: Ellicott City, MD - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Christopher Heun
Halethorpe, MD United States