Homegrown Help for Deserving Students in Nepal

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.

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Featured Scholar

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

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Level Playing Field

“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

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Current Samaanta Fellows

Sharmila Tamang

Sharmila Tamang is proud to say that she is the first girl to complete the SLC from the Tamang community in her area. From a remote area of Lalitpur, she used to walk an hour to get to school every day. She lived with her mother and her grandparents, who earn their living through subsistence farming. She completed her schooling from Shree Buddha School

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Anita Tamang

Originally from Nuwakot, Anita lived with her aunt in Lubhoo, Lalitpur. Since her mother passed away a few years ago, her home environment was not favorable for her to continue her education, so she decided to come to Lalitpur for her studies. She had to work under extremely trying circumstances to support herself during her school years. She finished her 10th grade from Siddhimangal

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Bibek Shrestha

Bibek Shrestha is from Baluwa, an hour’s walk from the main road in Kabhre. With very little land in their name, his mother, a single parent, supports him and his younger brother by working as a daily wage laborer. His mother looks to him to do well at school to support the family. Bibek has cultivated his resolve to excel in school as a

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Suraj Parajuli

Suraj comes from a remote village in Sindhupalchok, one of the hardest hit districts after the earthquakes. His family lost their home along with all their belongings in these earthquakes. These tragedies have not affected Suraj’s enthusiasm to work hard and look ahead into the future. He has a passion for animal science, and he wants to become a veterinary doctor. He is now

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