Mara Casella, Professor of special education, has had a long journey
also on the personal interior level, to fulfill her dream:
she moved from Switzerland to work with disabled children
in Ladakh in the Northern Himalaya.
Respecting the culture and local traditions she built
the small Munsel school. The name meaning "leaving the dark - leaving ignorance" was chosen on the recommendation of a Lama.
2021 will also be an important year: the new Choglamsar site
has been completed. When the Coronavirus emergency is over
will be able to accommodate more students, even full-time.
Meanwhile, teachers continue to keep in touch with families
and take homework home.
We are a Swiss group of friends of Ladakh, the circle of which is growing bigger and bigger, even beyond the Swiss boarders. These people endeavour in various ways to help disabled children and youngsters of Ladakh with an appropriate school.
What do we do
The spontaneous group, which was formed in Switzerland , contributes towards the development of the projects launched by Mara Casella in 2005 aiming at also supporting the inhabitants of the most isolated villages.
The Munsel Society is actually focusing its work on the continuity and the quality of the initiatives by supplying the local population with the know-how and the tools necessary for a future autonomous management.
Donations – Every contribution (however small) and all the initiatives aiming at making our projects known to the public have enabled Munsel School to continue developing
Events – Benefit dinners, small markets, information evenings, slideshows and other events enhancing encounters and moments of sharing have been the cornerstones of all our activities
Voluntary Work – we are always open to cooperation with ergotherapists, physiotherapistes, music therapists as well as, for ther practical jobs: gardening, repair
Where we operate
Munsel School is located a few kilometres from Leh, the capital of Ladakh. The country, crossed by the Hindu Holy River, is the northernmost of the States of India. The summits of this predominantly desert strip of land exceed 7,000 m.
The surface is about twice that of Switzerland.