The idea was to fund the students, referred to as fellows, through their higher secondary education and, depending on their abilities and motivation, help finance a few of them through university. Originally, the fellows lived at home. But the daily commute was four hours, so Samaanta decided to help them with access to student dormitories. As it evolved, the program was able to provide fellows with career mentors in fields that interested them and it organized seminars and community service programs in the students’ villages.
Jayanta Tamang spent his early years in the high hills of Solukhumbu before moving to Kotdanda, Lalitpur. His father worked as medical assistant in the region, and married Jayanta’s future mother, a local from Solukhumbu, during his time there. He attended the local school (Tulasa Devi) till fourth grade but was then forced to move to Bishwamitra Ganesh because the local school only catered to the primary
“I understand how things work now. Some people with 58 percent, 60 percent, have already been admitted in these good schools, even Science stream. These are the people who will grow up to be doctors and engineers. As for us, we don’t have the money to fill out the forms for these schools, let alone fulfil our dreams. I am sad to understand how