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MAP has financed two schools in Rigaon region, which included a group of 27 villages located at 1.800-2.000 meters in the Himalayan mountains, a two day walk north west of Katmandu. Since 2009, a member of the board , often accompanied by a group of volunteers ,has gone there every year to follow the projects and to listen to the needs of the Tamang population (8.000 inhabitants and 1.500 students in total).

Dhuseni Primary School

Our presence in Nepal began in 2007 with the construction of the " Monaco School" in Dhuseni ( Buddha Mandir Primary School, Ree - 6). It is equipped with solar panels, showers and latrines. The local villagers themselves had asked for such a school. At its inauguration in 2009, 100 school children were provided with various school supplies and equipment. In 2012, an extension to host an additional class was funded by MAP. 

By the end of 2016 there were 74 pupils in the school, 39 girls and 35 boys.

Rigaon Secondary School

On 26th October 2011,HSH Prince Albert II laid the foundation stone for a new "model" building for the Ree Gaun Higher Secondary School, which is co-financed by MAP, DCI and the Monaco Namaste association. The School has 12 classrooms for nearly 300 students, a computer room, a laboratory, a library a teacher's room, the director's office and bathrooms.

After fixing major damages caused by the earthquake, we eventually completed building the secondary school at the end of December 2016.Afer over 5 years; the school is now functioning, to the great delight of Rigaon villagers and pupils. At the end of 2016, there were 357 pupils in the school, 166 girls and 190 boys.


On 25th April 2015, a terrible earthquake struck Nepal, particularly this region of Rigaon, which is also one of the poorest districts of Nepal. The School of Dhuseni was completely destroyed. The High School, on the other hand, which had been inaugurated the day before the earthquake in the presence of a large delegation of MAP and Namaste association, had to undergo major restoration works.

In 2015, MAP contributed in a post earthquake urgency aid: We bought iron sheets, blankets and polars

In spite of everything, the schooling of pupils could take place in makeshifts classes near the building. Finally, the 356 students could step in their new High School on 22th December 2016 to the delight of all. 

In 2017,MAP's major concern was the reconstruction of the Primary School in Dhuseni, in accordance with anti earthquake standards. With the approval of the geological study of ground stability, Udeep, our coordinator is keeping a close eye on the site, in order to have the new structure ready before the end of the year.


In March 2017,a member of the Board visited the site to estimate the requirements and make sure the building Company was professionally reliable. 






Recent activities


Field mission

  • From October 26 to November 6, 2022, Nancy Dotta, Nicolas Ryter and a group of about ten volunteers went to Rigaon to follow up on the projects and conduct an on-site needs assessment.

Schools of Rigaon

  • MAP has repainted the walls of the elementary school of Salleri and Dhuseni, as well as those of the Highschool of Rigaon. 8.371 € 

Scholarships and student monitoring

  • Follow-up of the schooling of the pupils of Rigaon, as well as of the 19 higher education scholarship holders supported. As a reminder, since the beginning of the program, more than 35 scholarships have been financed, with the first scholarship recipient who started teaching this year in his home village, in Choke, in order to set an example for future generations. 34.934 €


  • Construction of the first Community Recycling Center by the social enterprise DOKO Recyclers, which will allow for better waste management and efficient recycling, and visits by the teams on site. 15.677 €
  • Distribution of 400 Little Sun solar lamps to the students of Rigaon Highschool and Salleri Primary School. 4.800 €
  • Creation, installation and inauguration of the orientation table located at the end of the botanical path, at 2.500 meters with the ecoclub of Rigaon during the last field mission. 9.719 €


Rigaon Schools

  • MAP financed maintenance and renovation works in Salleri and Dhuseni elementary school, and in Rigaon Highschool. 12.069 € 
  • A canteen and a storage room were built, and meals for 70 students were provided. 16.774 €

Scholarships and student follow-up 

  • The monitoring of the schooling of 500 students and the awarding of undergraduate scholarships to deserving students have been renewed, with additional scholarship recipients. 19.779 €
  • Since the beginning of the program, more than 30 scholarships have been financed. The first scholarship recipient began teaching this year in his home village, setting an example for future generations.

Environmental Project

  • Our technical partner, DOKO Recyclers, will bring its expertise to this ambitious 3-year project. Several field visits are planned. 2.161 €



Scholarships and student follow-up

  • The follow-up of 500 students continues, with the attribution of additional scholarships this year. 25.000 € 

Environmental project 

  • The first phase of the environmental project, which aims to promote better waste management and valorization of Rigaon territory, was launched in early 2020. A botanical trail was inaugurated. 7.973 €



After 10 years, the NAMASTE association, which had been founded and chaired by Nancy Dotta, has taken on a new impetus: during its Extraordinary General Assembly of October 21, 2019, it was indeed decided to continue this wonderful adventure through MAP.