Welcome to the Surya Civic Association web site

Kargyak is an isolated village situated in the Indian Himalayas in the altitude of 4200 m above sea level and it is one of the last places where the original Tibetan culture still survives. Until recently, there was no school in the village and the children had no other chance but either to leave for distant boarding schools or never to learn to read and write. In September 2009 the Surya Civic Association finished construction of the specially designed “passive” school-building heated by sun, fully ecological and also compatible with local structures also in terms of appearance.


News from Kargyak

Me and Tonda - by: Jan Werner - 2017-11-09

Writing about Kurghiak and the Sun school project and several months after having returned to one's normal life turns out to be harder that expected. Not just because the memories gradually expire. Not even because there's little time to sit down and write as one gets sucked back into the (post-)modern way of life. The real challenge is to turn the Himalayan experience into written word: it would seem a few mountains have quite some power and as soon as you cross one of the passes (in our case it was Penzi-la), the climate, language, culture, religion and (almost) everything else changes. Zanskar is simply different.

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Tsomo and Chodon - 2017-06-17

The ex -Sun School students Tsomo and Chodon, who are still supported by NGO Surya at their further studies at "high schools", have successfully completed class IX. at DAV, private school, in Manali.

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Calendar 2017 - 2016-11-23

format portrait, 315 x 450 mm, 13 large pictures. price €10 + mailing order at: kalendar@suryaschool.org thank you for your support.

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Volunteering in Kargyak - 2016-08-29

We were walking two days Himalaya’s beautiful nature from Padum and we have started our voluntary activities in Kargyak. The village is located 4200 meters above the see. The life here is difficult but people are nice and smiling.

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