The Children Of Sikkim
The Children of Sikkim supports Sikkimese children through primary, secondary and higher education.
In 2004 Samjyor was 10 years old. Unpaved mountainous roads made travelling daily to school impossible and his parents were too poor to pay for living away from home - his prospects were minimal. Then sponsorship transformed his education. Now in 2017 he is a post-graduate law student at Delhi university, with a bright future, looking to go back to Sikkim and help development.
Our history is that in 2003 Dutch and English educational volunteers founded Sikkim Himalayan Academy at Buriakop in Sikkim. This is a primary school of about 70 pupils. It was funded by a Dutch Trust Stichting Kinderen van Sikkim and in England, The Friends of Sikkim Himalayan Academy. Volunteers from all over the world were organised from UK to assist the Sikkimese teachers and give the children a wider horizon.
Now, The Friends has become a Trust, The Children of Sikkim. With the Dutch Trust we concentrate on supporting children from about 10 years old through the whole of secondary education and into college or university. They must be from Sikkim from families for whom such education is otherwise impossible. In this way we are able to directly change a child's life prospects.We also think we this will indirectly help Sikkim. We believe cultural and family ties will draw these young adults back, where they can contribute to the development of Sikkimese society.