🌊A Smile Begins with Jullay!🌊 – World Water Day Edition

–”With running water at the school, we are staying cleaner.
This makes me feel better—inside and out.
It is as if by being cleaner, my body feels
lighter and stronger.”
~Stanzin Padma, Siddhartha School dormitory student (2015)
For World Water Day, our student Stanzin Sherab honors mechanical engineer Sonam Wangchuk as his hero. This Ladakhi invented and built the prototype for the ice stupa which is used in water mitigation by farmers in the Ladakh region. In February of 2014, he created a two-story artificial glacier in the shape of a stupa that could store 150,000 liters of winter stream water. Given that these ice stupas melt before the natural glaciers, farmers can use this water and begin planting earlier.
The painting of Sonam Wangchuk and the essay are by Stanzin Sherab, a Siddhartha School alum.  

Watch This Amazing Video about the Science behind Wangchuk’s Ice Stupa
“Sonam Wangchuk is my hero because he created an engineering system which helps produce food for the community. He is an inspiration to me because of how hard he worked in school and how active he has been in improving basic life things. In 1995 he established Operation New Hope, which led to educational reforms in the village government schools in Ladakh.”  ~Stanzin Sherab, alum
About the Artist: Stanzin Sherab is in 12th grade at the Government Boys Higher Secondary School in Leh. He has chosen a bachelor of arts degree. History, geography, and English are his major subjects. He would like to work for the Education Department after graduating from school. He likes to play football and cricket. If you are interested in supporting the education of children like Sherab, click here.
Fun Fact:
Did you know that Siddhartha School’s campus had no running water for 20 years?
Watch the Story about GO Campaign and Running Water at Siddhartha School
For more than 20 years, Siddhartha School operated without running water on campus. Water was shipped in by a special tanker truck and stored in a large holding tank on campus. The supply would scarcely last a week. With the generous help of GO Campaign, as well as numerous private donors, Siddhartha School built the infrastructure for irrigation and access to unlimited drinking water for all staff, teachers, and students. This simple addition shifted the lives of our children, enhancing their health and ability to focus on their studies.
Siddhartha School Project
Watering the Minds and Hearts of Ladakh’s Youth
since 1993

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