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. For example, in 2019 Samjyor is in Delhi studying for a master’s degree in law, having been sponsored from 2003.
We also think 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.