The beginning ...

In the summer of 2005, Mara Casella moved to the Himalayan mountains in Northern India to launch, in close cooperation with Marianne Aerni, a friend from Geneva, a humanitarian project in favour of disabled children and young people. In Leh (Ladakh's capital) they created together from scratch "Munsel", a small specialized school, destined to be transformed also into a training center for local teachers and point of reference for families confronted with the problem of disability. In 2008, the Munsel School (Musel literally meaning "out of darkness", "out of ignorance") was inaugurated at 3500m above sea level. Respecting old traditions, the name was chosen on the recommendation of a great Lama. The monk who was consulted gave his approval to the school project, as well as outlining its spiritual way.

Mara Casella

Mara Casella, who grew up in Bellinzona, is a special-school teacher with a vast experience in teaching and educating handicapped persons. From 1991 to 2001 she was the pedagogical director of the adult section of the 'Les Buissonets' Institute in Fribourg and, at the same time, she taught with the integration service in Romont (Canton Fribourg), which deals with the support of handicapped children integrated into elementary and middle school classes.

Since 2010 a spontaneous support group has also been active in the Ticino (Switzerland).