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Pamplin Society

Fundraising Silent Auction & Concert for Shree Mangal Dvip School in Nepal

Date: February 17 2012 7:00pm Location: Smith Hall Albany Quadrangle

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Smith Hall Albany Quadrangle

The Pamplin Society of Fellows at Lewis & Clark College is hosting a fundraiser for Shree Mangal Dvip in Nepal, a school for Himalayan and Tibetan refugee children. The event will include a silent auction, presentation, and performances by the Section Line Drive, an a cappella group from Lewis & Clark, along with other local combos and performers.

The school’s director, Shirley Blair, will be giving a talk on the history of SMD, describe the current educational environment, as well as discuss their plans for the future. The event will be held in Smith Hall and Albany on the Lewis & Clark campus on Friday, February 17th, at 7p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Shree Mangal Dvip Boarding School (SMD) was established in 1987 by the Tibetan teacher, Thrangu Rinpoche and currently houses and educates over 600 students. Its aim is to nurture the culture, language and Buddhist way of the Himalayas, and to give Himalayan children the tools to build a better future and help their own people back home.

These children come from remote areas in the Himalayan Mountains where they must sometimes walk a week to get to the nearest road to come to the school. The villages often do not have access to medical care, electricity, education, sanitation, or roads. The children who come to the school are clothed and fed and given an education in English and Nepalese. The best students go on to high schools and colleges both in Nepal and abroad.

Currently SMD has a school complex in Kathmandu, Nepal, which is overcrowded. They are therefore raising funds to build a new sustainable facility outside the city, which will house more students, be earthquake-proof, and have gardens.

Lewis & Clark College is located at 0615 SW Palatine Hill Road. Parking is free on campus after 7pm. For more information, call 503-768-7960.

Now in its 16th academic year, Pamplin Society’s membership includes 20 current students and more than 100 alumni. Membership is extended to seven students each year as they begin their second year at the college; the students embody the characteristics outlined by Dr. Pamplin: an exceptional blend of intellectual talent, the habit of physical fitness, personal integrity, and the willingness to shoulder the burdens of leadership. 

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