Since 1988, the AaZ association has helped the children of Zanskar benefit from a quality education while preserving their own culture and traditions

Association Suisse pour l'Aide au Zanskar

School girl at the LMHS in Zanskar

Founded in 2013 december 2013, the Association Suisse pour l’Aide au Zanskar (AaZ-CH) helps children in Zanskar have access to quality education without giving up on their local culture, language and traditions.

Since then, it has been collaborating with the French association AaZ (founded in 1988) to support the development and ensure smooth operationsof the Lamdon Model High School in Pipiting, near Padum, in the Zanskar Valley (India)

To date, the school has nearly 300 students, from kindergarten to the final grade, and its success rate is among the best in Zanskar

The school can also take pride in having recently achieved its goal of gender parity, both in terms of students and teaching staff.

The Lamdon Model High School (LMHS)

Lamdon Model High School is located in the Padumplain (Zanskar), near the village of Pipting, at an altitude of 3600 m

Every year it welcomes about 300 pupils (almost 50% of them girls) divided into 12 classes: two years of nursery school, followed by classes I to X (primary and secondary schools)

The school yearbegins in Marchand ends in November, given the harsh weather conditions and freezing winters

Although it is a private school, the LMHS is subject to the same obligations as all schools in the Indian Union: programmes, controls, examinations, authorisations to open new classes, etc.). The school is periodically inspected by the school authorities of Kargil District and the Ministry of Jammu and Kashmir State.

An eco-friendly residential building

LMHS / New Residential Building

As one of the top schools in Zanskar, the LMHS attracts students from remote villages

Due to the lack of road and transportation infrastructure, these students cannot return home during the week or even throughout the whole school year

To remedy this situation, our association financed the construction of a boarding building that can accommodate between 20 and 25 students.

Completed in the fall of 2019 after 3 years of work, the residential facility should have welcomed its first occupants at the start of the school year in March 2020. Unfortunately, the covid-19 pandemic decided otherwise and we hope that it will be rescheduled for the 2021 school year.

Do you want to help?

Become a member

The strength of an association primarily depends on the number of its members. AaZ currently has over 600 members in France, Italy, Switzerland and the USA.

Sponsor a child

Becoming a sponsor means that a boy or girl in the heart of the Himalayas can go to school for 10 to 12 years with your help. This is an important moral commitment on your part.

Support the school

By subscribing to a school support, your commitment allows us to improve the school's daily operations, to replace a defective sponsor or to respond to an emergency situation

Make a donation

You also have the possibility of supporting our work by making a one-time donation of the amount of your choice. This will then be used to finance specific projects related to the LMHS.

Latest news from Zanskar

Professeurs préparant les cours à distance

Remote learning for LMHS students

Following the Covid-19 pandemic, the LMHS was only able to open for 8 days this year and since mid-March, students have been studying by remote learning.

The new space, in line with new standards

Summer 2020 works at the LMHS

The Managing Committee is taking the opportunity of the forced closing of the school due to Covid-19 to carry out major work on the campus.

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