The Srongtsen School (http://www.srongtsen.edu.np/) is located in the heart of Kathmandu, with grades preschool through 11th and comprised of both boarding students and day scholars. Miraculously after the April 25th earthquake and its residual effects ravaged much of Nepal, all of Srongtsen's 700+ students, teachers, staff, and administrators are safe and sound. However, though still standing, all of the buildings at the school (offices, dorms, auditorium, and classrooms) sustained some degree of structural damage. Local engineers estimate that the damages will cost $70,000-$80,000 USD to repair. The students who dorm are currently staying outside as long as possible and at times tenting out in their soccer field, with cold temperatures at night and storms rolling through frequently, due to fear of further damage and aftershocks.
There are currently many charitable organizations from which to choose for immediate donations. As the news and updates from Nepal die down, aid will still be needed in the next weeks, months, and years to come. While the Nepalese try to find stability and relief going forward, rebuilding Srongtsen School will help expedite the normalcy of daily life for its students. There have been no updates about the families of the children, but the school remains a constant support for them nonetheless. Many of us from NYU have been to this school two years in a row and can attest to how the entire community is wonderfully spirited and kind. This is a place we hope to continue to visit and provide as much care (dental and otherwise) as we possibly can.
The Tibet Fund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that has worked with Srongtsen School and a number of other communities in Nepal for the last 30 years. The Tibet Fund will ensure all of the donations raised through this CrowdRise page go directly towards the repairing of Srongtsen School. All contributions made to 501(c)(3) charitable organizations are tax-exempt.
Thank you for your consideration toward a cause that is so special and personal.