The history of the Sapana School

the first plan

In 2005, after many talks with Dhruba Giri, Herman Hümmels wife Marianne Doorenbosch, visiualised Dhruba's dreams = Sapana


Dhruba Giri

Dhruba Giri, managing director and founder of Sapana Village Lodge, a successful tourism business project, and the chairman of Sapana Village Social Impact (SVSI), a non-profit company, is the great promoter of the Sapana School.


Dhurba was born on May 18, 1979 as a son of a farmer family in Sauraha, Nepal. Although the poor circumstances, he early got inspired by the encouraging words of his father. From the beginning, he not only wanted to be independent, but also to serve and develop his community, as well as to sustain the characteristic landscape of the local area.

Dropping out of school in his early childhood, he started working as a waiter in K.C.'s restaurant at an age of 13, until one day, he met Judit Hümmels in Sauraha, Chitwan, who believed in his abilities and his dream. Judit and her parents collected money in The Netherlands, so Dhurba could start to run his own hotel business at an age of 19 – with the ambition to help the local people of this region. ***

the concept


In 2006, Dhruba Giri met Elsa Geilman an education expert from the Netherlands. He told her about his dream to start a school; Sapana means dream in Nepali. That's how they started dreaming together.

In constant consultation and the exchange of ideas, it became clear that more support was needed. In Nepal an NGO was founded and in the Netherlands a friend was asked to participate. She, as manager and education expert, set up the Sapana School Foundation to give the project a broader base.
Partly with financial help from abroad, a school was actually built.
This international cooperation led to the opening of the Sapana School on 2 May 2016

*** Despite not having an academic education, his small hotel became a huge success. Soon after the hotel a restaurant followed. After three years of renting the hotel, it became clear that the location would not offer the right opportunities for further development. The Hümmels family started a foundation in The Netherlands (Stichting Do-It), and with the help of the Dutch government, Stichting, FEMI and many others, Dhurba could buy a piece of land in 2004 and started the construction of Sapana Village Lodge.

With family members and close friends in the informal NGO Sapana Village social development Dhurba spent many hours talking about


the future school and other social projects

The lodge today accompanies 30 tourist rooms to host up to 60 people. In addition, over time and with the financial help of others, he realized an office building including a library, a lounge bar and restaurant, accommodation for his about 39 employees, a chain free elephant park, a small temple and many more.

Throughout his ventures, Dhurba always was driven by his sheer will and determination. He had desires, and, in order to realize them, he grabbed every opportunity to learn and grow personally, what nowadays makes him a well integrated and respected member of the local society with healthy connections to the local officials and the government of Nepal.