Our presence in Nepal began in 2007 with the construction of the school in Dhuseni, called “Monaco”, which is a three day walk north west of Kathmandu. It is equipped with solar panels, showers and toilets. The local villagers themselves asked for this school. It is operated by the Franco-Nepalese Cultural Association of Avignon. When it opened in 2009, we provided all supplies and other school equipment to the 120 students.
In 2012, an extension for an additional classroom was financed by MAP. On October 26 2011, HSH Prince Albert II laid the first stone of a new “model” building for the Secondary High school of Rigaon, that is co-financed by MAP, the D.C.I. "Monaco Office of International Cooperation” and Namaste association.The school will include 12 classrooms for about 300 students, a computer room, laboratory, library, staff room, principal's office and toilet facilities. It represents a major priority for Rigaon, one of the poorest districts of Nepal, which is isolated in the Himalayas at 1,800 meters altitude.
Since 2009, a member of the Board of directors visits every year the village of Rigaon in order to control the works and to be attentive to the villagers' needs.