Welcome in the village 

of the Sherpa community Hile Nigale 

"Without adequate education we will remain isolated, backward and poor. Our native language and culture are in jeopardy of extinction. The survival of our community depends upon the education of the younger generation and our ability to face the challenges presented by global warming. We must improve and adjust our agricultural practices and community work with the changing times." 

Sonam Sherpa

“I have been deeply touched by the kindness, warmth and openness of the people within the Sherpa Community of Hile Nigale in the hills of Nepal. The teachers have invited me into their classrooms where I have witnessed the joy of learning expressed in the children’s eyes and made apparent by their determined and focused attention. It is my heartfelt desire to use the knowledge gained throughout my life to contribute to the wellbeing of this community.” 

Doris Kuhn

The project

The project supports a kindergarten and primary school in a remote Sherpa village in the hills of Nepal near the Tibetan border (Village Hile Nigale). We aim to obtain quality education as the foundation for improving people's lives and sustainable development. We therefore encourage a shift in didactics from teacher-centered teaching to student-centered learning. 

For keeping alive Sherpa culture and language we support the rebuilding of a monastery, that was destroyed at the earthquake 2015.

Additionally we support after school classes in a new community center for children and adults (start probably end of 2019) with English, Tibetan and Computer lessons. Furthermore, we aim to build on the goals of the Sherpa community: to awaken feelings of transparency, honesty and accountability in youths in order to encourage them to remain in Sherpa communities.

Nepal, a developing country, is dynamic at its own speed. In the critical situation which now exists between the different ethnicities in the country, Sherpa is the one ethnic group lagging behind in education and every other sector of society (this even in the 21st century where Nepal is a republican state). Therefore, in order to facilitate financial, social, cultural and ethnicupliftment, and to benefit the Sherpas in Jiri Municipality, experts from Switzerland and Austria are helping to achieve the objectives of quality education.