The Friends of Sermathang is a UK based support group which has
grown out of volunteers and friends who have either worked in or
visited the Yangrima Boarding School and the village of Sermathang
in the Helambu region of Nepal. We were initailly started after
our chairman's son worked at the school, and the chairman visited
him. The original volunteers came from the GAP
Activity Projects scheme which places people in their gap year
(year off before university) in projects around the world. The Project
is managed by Anthony Lunch and Gopal
Recently the GAP involvement with the school ended, as under Nepali
regulations they must rotate the schools to which volunteers are
sent. This left a potential hole in the school, as the children
would no longer be able to benefit from the experience of being
taught by the volunteers. The support group stepped in, and as well
as raising funds for the school, they have started a programme for
ensuring that volunteers keep coming to help out at Yangrima. You
can find out more about this in the volunteer
section of the site.
We have provided a message to visitors
to the school. This is available for trekkers who visit the school
as part of their trek on the Helambu circuit. There are also two
short video clips available. They need you to have Real
player on your computer to view them.
2000 Anthony Lunch returned to the village for the first time since
1990. You can read his report of
what he found after 10 years of working tirelessly for the village
from the UK.
We have now
started a new project in Kakani, 3 hours from Sermathang. Find
out more about this exciting new development.