Advisors of the School

Elsa Geilman

In 2006, as a member of the Medical Checks for Children mission (from the Netherlands), I met Dhurba Giri in Chitwan. He is the manager of Sapana Lodge, Sauraha, where our team stayed during our medical checks for the children in the area. He told me about his life and the life of his people, the Tharu. As I saw hima gain in 2007 and 2008, we became friends and he told me his dream of the future.
I share Dhurba’s dream and I want to help him to make his dream come true. Not only for Dhurba, but also for his family, his friends, his people the Tharu and for the sake of mankind as a whole. For together, we are one : together we make a good world.
I will reach all the people who are needed to make Dhurba’s dream come true.
Elsa Geilman, education philosopher, didacticion and counsellor.

Marie-José van der Sandt

Marie-José got to know the concept of Sapana School through her friend and former colleague at the teachers trainings college Utrecht (SOL the Netherlands), Elsa Geilman. She got to share the enthusiasm for this special project with Elsa. When she was asked to co-operate with her (in 2008), to take over the stick so to say, to take care of a good network, to perform good support of the NGO in Nepal as well as the start of the realization of Sapana School, she took this as her task after intensive and careful thoughts. After Marie-José’s meeting in July and October 2009 with the members of NGO Sapana Village Development Centre Nepal and the president Dhurba Giri in Nepal, she was convinced about the chance of success of the project. She decided to form the foundation Sapana School for the fundraising and other possible support of the project. Marie-José worked from 1973 as an art teacher and teachers training/didacticion in Higher Education Institutes and since 1986 a manager in Higher