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Green Tara Child Haven School

Location: Kathmandu, Nepal

Website: www.childhavenmontessori.com
Program Established: 2009
# of Children: 230 Ages Served: 2.5 to grade 7

Immediate Needs:

  1. Funds to complete the purchase of Montessori materials.
  2. Donations to cover the expenses for a former resident of the Child Haven home to take the full AMI training in Chennai, India.
  3. Support with operating costs to cover teacher salaries and building expenses.
  4. Assistance with the cost of improving the learning environment of the grade one class so children can continue on their path to full development.
  5. Funds for ongoing teacher training, including supporting AMI trained volunteers to travel to our school.


Contact Person: Matthew Sneyd
Contact Information: matthew@childhavenmontessori.com
Child Haven International, established in 1985, cares for over 1200 destitute children in eight homes located in India, Nepal, Tibet, and Bangladesh.

The Child Haven International home in Kathmandu currently cares for 120 children from 2 ½ to 17 years old. In 2000, CHI opened the Green Tara Child Haven School, which now enrolls 230 children from the home and the local community. Over 60% of the children are on full scholarship. The remaining children pay less than $7 per month.

Child Haven International is devoted to providing the children in its care with the best educational opportunities possible, while stressing the Gandhian principles of equality, non-violence, self-reliance, simple living, and respect for each individual’s native culture.

With these goals in mind, and with the support of trained Montessori teachers, CHI began two Montessori classes for its nursery and kindergarten children in March of 2009. Following a two year plan, we have now transitioned to two fully functioning bi-lingual Montessori environments, each operating according to AMI principles with 35 children between the ages of 3 and 6.

This represents one of the most complete implementations of the Montessori Method in Nepal. Our materials are purchased locally whenever possible, with the remaining materials coming from a high quality manufacturer in Shanghai.

Our future goals for the program are to obtain the additional materials and cabinets that are required and, most importantly, to support our teachers until they are fully proficient with the Montessori Method.

Our teachers have taken a short local training, and our AMI trained volunteers have been providing supplementary training, modeling and guidance, but additional AMI training will be of great benefit. We appreciate your support in providing funds to allow for the continued success of the Green Tara Child Haven School and to give our children the benefit of a quality Montessori education.

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