The children in the film and their families have had to make a painful sacrifice: To lose contact for many years for the chance of an education.
For many people (including ourselves) the idea of total separation from family for twelve years would be unthinkable, but Nima, Tsering Deki and Jeewan's stories in the film are not unusual in Nepal and beyond: There are 25 similar schools in Kathmandu alone and in every one of those there will be children who are bravely attending city school while their families are out of all contact in the mountains. Similar situations exist in the Indian Himalayas and elsewhere: globally an estimated 6 million children live away from family in schools and institutions, despite having a living parent. (Source: Unicef & Lumos). Nepal is the sixth poorest country in the world.
As Joanna Lumley said: "Imagine being away from your family for 12 years!"
So the aims of Children of the Snow Land are:
Since making the film, we have started a non-profit organisation, Snowland Journeys, to help the children, school and communities featured in the film for the long-term, with these aims:
By raising awareness about the film and screening it far and wide, you can help build a support network for the children of the Himalayas. If you can’t see the film at a cinema near you, then we can help you organise your own screening.
If you’d like to contribute directly to the children at the school, you can do so via a donation to our non-profit organisation Snowland Journeys.
Snowland Journeys provides direct, practical support in the form of guided ‘Journey Home’ treks to reconnect children with their families and also ongoing education support, mentoring and life skills training for Snow Land School children and graduates. Snowland Journeys also helps build sustainable livelihoods for the remote mountain villages of western Nepal.