Originally the Tiplyang Project was formed because it was already clear on Elizabeth's first visit in 2009, that even if we were able to build a new school the village community would need ongoing support for some time before they themselves were able to fully support sustaining a high standard of education in the school and exemplary school attendances.


Furthermore, being an agrarian, minimal-cash economy, the village itself was in desperate need to find other means of making money and providing employment, if it was to stem the tide of emigration, particularly of young people, either abroad, or to Pokhara or Kathmandu.


The private funding available was sufficient to build the school as a joint project with the villagers, who provided the manual labour, and the GWS, who provided the design, engineering and project management on the ground.


However funds for the long-term ongoing support needed for the school community would need to come from a sustained fund-raising effort and the Tiplyang Project was formed to do this.


The ongoing support can be nominally divided into four main categories.


These are:


School Related Expenditure


  • Direct financial support to ensure children’s well-being and attendance at school through scholarships and provision of a midday meal (tiffin).

  • Direct financial support for the employment of extra teachers and support staff ( care taker and amah).

  • Teacher development and training - this is been on-going and extensive, at all levels from pre-school to lower secondary.

  • Provision of school equipment and sports equipment well as stationery and books.


Health and Medical support


  • Medical check-ups for the children and women in the village.

  • Financial support for men to travel to existing medical camps.

  • Payment of medical, travel and accommodation expenses for those in need of specialist medical help in hospital in Pokhara.

  • Training in hygiene for staff and children.

  • Dental program for the whole community.

  • Employment of a school ‘hygienist’ to ensure standards of hygiene are maintained.

  • Provision of Soap, toothbrushes and toothpaste for the children at home and at school.


Economic Development Support (we have not had the funds or resources yet to do any significant work in this arena, although it is desperately needed)


  • Provision of sewing machines to the mother’s group.

  • Commissioning and sale of handwoven bags from mother’s group.


Building projects (joint projects with Villagers and GWS)


  • Building of 3 extra classrooms at the Tiplyang school.

  • Building of a kitchen and a dining room/community space at the Tiplyang school.

  • Building of four new classrooms for a neighbouring school at Kaphaldanda.


All these projects have come about in response to the direct appeal of the local community, or as a result of discussions with them about their concerns.