Dhuseni is a village located to the west of Rigaon, at an altitude of 1,450 m. 

Until 2006, the primary school in this village was in a very bad condition: the building, extremely dilapidated, was at risk of collapsing. The association Monaco Aide et Présence provided the funds for its reconstruction; the funding was requested by Jean-Marc Nowak, the Monegasque mountaineer who has supported the action implemented by ACFN since his expeditions to the Himalayas. 

The new school has three classrooms for the primary level, one classroom for the nursery level, a library and toilets (WC and showers): it is a model rural school in Nepal. It accommodates 140 children, who are happy to have such pleasant and functional premises. 

During 2008, the association Monaco Aide et Présence (MAP) provided the funds for new furniture for all the school's classrooms. Monaco's Office of International Cooperation funded the construction of a protective wall around the playground.


The School in pictures


The Shree Santi School in Salleri currently accommodates 110 pupils: 69 girls and 41 boys.

The school has 3 classrooms, so there are 35 pupils on average per class, although the rooms are designed for approximately 15 pupils and are not fitted out appropriately.

Furthermore, as far as the physical conditions are concerned, the building is dilapidated, the number of windows insufficient and the size of the existing classrooms inappropriate: teaching and studying is also a problem due to the lack of light and air.

The current school

In January 2009, the villagers of Salleri consulted each other and asked for help to rebuild their school. They provided a larger, and above all safer plot of land than the land on which the current school stands, which is situated near to a landslide where the children could fall and injure themselves. The former building will be used as a sewing workshop, the first in the region, which will help the women of the village to gain some independence.

After her trip in February 2009, Nancy Dotta decided to help the children from the first village on the Rigaon hill.

Funds were raised thanks to the "Arty Spring" campaign conducted with the help of the Métropole Hotel.. Good progress has already been made to the foundation work on land financed by the villagers themselves, who have been working hard despite the difficulties inherent to the location and lack of equipment.




The children of Salleri will soon be able to benefit from a school similar to the one in Dhuseni, built in 2007 thanks to Monaco Aide et Présence (MAP).




Plans of the new school 



The work has been completed. The new school was officially opened in October 2011 in the presence of H.S.H. Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene.

In February 2012, a second opening ceremony took place in the presence of close to 20 participants who travelled over from Monaco.

The Salleri School in pictures 



NAMASTE is working with the International School of Monaco to sponsor two children who live in Dolpo, a remote Himalayan region at an altitude of over 4,000m. Pupils in Monaco are closely monitoring – in a spirit of exchange – Urgen and Kunga's progress and are covering their school fees.

During our stay in Kathmandu, we visited Kunga and Urgen in the Manasarovar School where they are being educated thanks to the support of students from the ISM (International School of Monaco). The commitment and dedication of Ms Tsultrim Sangmo, the headmistress, have encouraged us to foresee further sponsorships in the future.