Projects

 



We are helping Lhundrup (15 month baby), and his mother (Peyla) to join Slovenia, as in India they have no family, and very little support.
Peyla is 18, she escaped from Tibet two years ago, and found herself pregnant arriving in Dharamsala. Situation there is not good for them. In Slovenia they will get stability,... health support, good environment, etc. But beside the time and care we are ready to provide, other considerations are of concern (such as financials).

 

Help us to help them!


Your support could be sent directly to AMCHI by bank transfer or direct cash donation, or to Lama Shenphen Rinpoche who will be taking care of them on a daily basis, by Paypal: (Contact Paypal: shenphen.rinpoche @ dharmaling.org)




- While performing your donation thank you to add the mention "For Lhundup and Peyla" -


For any informations please contact :
- Annette: 00386 40 125 512 (Slovene - Croatian speaking)
- Lodrö: 00386 40 272 698 (English - French speaking)


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PROJECTS IN canadianviagraonline.biz TIBET

 

Background

Kharnang region is one of the remotest rural areas of eastern Tibet. The nearest town lies about 80km away, and nomadic tribe inhabits the region. Event though, we are moving into the 21st century, this high plateau has been remained underdeveloped and the life still continued identical to itself since century. The issue of advancement and development in other world is unheard to them

The community pays tremendous respect and reverence for the monastery, which is nestled in the hills away from two to three hours walking distance from their tent camp (woven from yak wool), who are shifting their base seasonally depending upon the availability of the vegetation to their domestic animals. The monastery plays a very vital and constructive role in their social and spiritual development. They seek their learning through monastic education. Apart from that, majority of the citizens is illiterate though their devotion and gentleness are out standing.

 

Between 1996 and 2000, the people of the ethnic Tibetan nomadic region suffered some of the worst snowstorms and drought in recent history. This has had a drastic impact on the environment and livestock, the very basis of survival for these nomadic people. Many herders lost up to 90% of their Yak and sheep, leaving them and their families destitute. The annual income is only about 31 euros per person.

With literacy as low as 10%, these people have little opportunity to access alternative livelihoods. Access to food is beyond the means of many. The opportunity for families to send their children to school, almost nil.

 

Keeping in view of the above genuine problems facing to the people of this region, the monastery administration has decided to launch few projects in order to develop the community of the Kharnang area. After local consultation, Amchi decided to get involved in some of them, in which our experience and contacts could bring some benefits.

 

Institute of higher Buddhist studies

An institute for learning and education is of the first importance to develop and enrich the human Knowledge and understanding. This institute will be a place where monks can learn Buddhist philosophy, dialectical studies, Tibetan, and literature.
This project involves the construction of five classrooms, a library, and staff quarters. Beside funding, monthly food allowances for 150 monk students is necessary. The estimated cost of the construction will be around 14 000 euros. Thi sum is based on the assumption that the monastery has its own contracting authority and thus the cost would be much less than usual market prices.

 

Dispensary project

Health has always been a Major concern of community development. It is a basic requirement, not only for the fulfillment of the human aspiration, but also for the enjoyment all mankind of a better quality of a life. Living up with better healthy life could contribute to the better community development.
Since there is no provision for even a clinic in the region, these nomads have to travel about 80 km to seek even first aids attention. In Most emergency case, the patients hardly survive. They have a strong faith in nature and most of the time they try to recover through herbal and healing partition. The chance of recovery is feeble and lots of them succumb to death. Keeping these fundamental problems in view, the construction of a diagnostic room, patient's ward, laboratory, doctor's residence, and dispensary staff residents is necessary. In all, we need to built 16 rooms. Beside this, an ambulance is essential in order to take the most serious patients to major hospitals in the city, which lies at a distance of about 2 to 3 hours , with very bad roads. The dispensary also needs a permanent residential doctor and two staff nurses, as well as donations to buy Medicines for the patients.

 

Old age home

One of the biggest problems of the Kharnang regions, are the old age people. whose ultimate desire is to live nearby the monastery. Nomadic tribes often have to shift their base camp according to available vegetation for their domestic animals. Due to this reason, older people cannot move physically with the rest of their family members, and try to find a place close to the nearby monastery, which provides food for some of them.

There are more then 50 old age people residing near the monastery under very poor conditions, mostly looking after themselves. Having an old age home for them would be really solving a big problem.

 

In order to improve their living conditions, the old age home project is imperative in the Kharnang region. The project requires an initial stage of construction of 16 residential rooms along with a kitchen, a storeroom, few toilets and one big generator. A part from that, we need a fund for monthly food allowance of about 16 euros per month for about 50 old age peoples, this project would cost around 46 000 euros and can be made possible only through your kind and generous help.

 

Conclusion

The problem faced by the people of Kharnang region have remain unsolved till now, because no official administration has ever undertook the development of any project in this region. These communities are much relaying on the monastery for every major problem. The monastery administration is paying attention to their needs, but due to the lack of sufficient financial ability and support, has not been able to solve their problems entirely. As the spiritual head of the monastery, Jamyang Rinpoche has responsibility to attend their basic problems and is sincerely trying to launch these projects for the improvement of facilities and decent living conditions of the local community.


"I, therefore, appeal to all generous and kindhearted people to make your valuable contributions and extend your support in making that above-mentioned project in to a reality.
Sarva Mangalam & Tashi Delek."

Yangtrul Rinpoche, Project Manager

 

PROJECTS IN INDIA

 

Actual situation in India :

After the arrival of the refugees in India , the cultural, politic, religious structures have been re-established. The monastery naturally became the guardians of the in-heritage and preservation of what was know and brought from Tibet . Naturally during the reconstruction of the cultural microcosm, and the organization of the living of people having lost all what they had during their flee, lay people turned toward the monastic ones. They were better organized, honest and trustful, could take in charge the education of the younger.

Many of them were high scholars with knowledge of all branches of science. This first role of depository of the core of the Tibetan way of life evolved under the impulse of monks and especially of His Holiness the Dalaï Lama. They took care of what they had, and worked at the re-establishment of what they've lost.

Many projects emerged, with short and long terms views. Many of these were initiated by monks to help the local populations. Till nowadays, the monastic organization is a reference for those who want to ensure a good education to their children. Many Tibetans living in remote places in Ladhak or mountains, are sure to find within those structures a high educational standards, free of charge, where the child will not be turned away if the family cannot provide any financial support.


Inner organization in India :

Tibetan monasteries are often organized in little houses where one or more adults take care of children. All ages are living together, the elders teaching the younger ones, and providing the material necessities of life. The atmosphere and way of caring is the one we can find in any families. The children follow the school dispensed by the monastery, take their meal partly with the monastery, partly at home, where the adults make the relay. No child is left apart, alone in an unfriendly environment. One house contains many children of the same age, often coming from the same place with a common background.

Nobody is forced to remain a monk, and those feeling no vocation for the religious life can easily give back their vows and return to the lay life.

In between they will have had the opportunity to get a usual education following ethical principals. At teenage they will make the choice to pursue philosophical studies, or medical studies, help more practically the monastery, make a practical apprenticing, learn arts, etc..

 

Lacks and needs:

Although the faith and will are presents, the different structures often lack money. The number of students increases every year, but not the sources of income. In the sole monastery of Sera-Jhe for example, it's only recently through the kindness of a food fund established by a foundation, that the monastery is able to provide breakfast and lunch to all the monks. But with a population of around 6000 monks, the quantities needed every day are enormous.

Young monks arriving are of course always welcomed in the existing houses. But sometimes the increasing number gives birth to surpopulation. Difficult when you are a student, having to take care of three young monks living in the same 6 square meters as yourself, to study in good conditions.
Insalubrity is often encountered, by lack of structures, and lack of proper education.

The answers are often simples, to provide a financial support to the one in need, and to help build the basic necessary structures. Nevertheless such actions have to be done within a proper frame, to avoid all abuse and un-useful help.

Financial support should help cover the basic needs in order to leave the person to concentrate on his studies, without worrying for food, clothes and basic medical needs.
Building the basic structures implies to build adequately to the real needs, in sizes and not to fall into excessive luxurious buildings.

Education fees for primary school are usually easy to cover. But when the same children enter high school the fees are almost impossible to cover for most of the families. For all the families whose children have chosen a lay life, higher education is most of the time a dream and a frustration.

 

Projects and work in progress:

The actual sponsorship system established by AMCHI provides support to children in India and Tibet. This system exists since 1986, some of the current sponsors are sponsoring the same child since more than 12 years. Trough the years AMCHI was able to build showers in different places, helped to built and equip a little dispensary, organized the expedition of little material and medicines.

Now that the situation of such refugee camps and monastery is worldwide known, the situation is materially improving. It is a good sign for the local population, but incites to more carefulness in what and how is built.

One of AMCHI's project in India is to built showers and toilet blocks, in houses regrouping from 100 to 300 monks, where the facilities are often limited to one big tap for 50 persons, and a few old toilets. Impossible in such conditions to wash all the body, which is a very delicate situation in India , where lots of germs exists and simple wounds easily degenerate.

These constructions will be followed by a basic education of young and adults monks on hygiene. Why to wash, the effects on health, how to properly wash.

AMCHI also set up a fund for education to pay the fees for the children wanting to learn. In cooperation with the school and the families, and following strict and practical rules for it.

India being a wide country, it happens often that some families are living in remote places, where almost no education is possible to find. In such case the children have to leave the family and go to some relatives. There they have to attend a boarding school. Usually and with great financial struggle, the children can receive a primary education, and a college education. But after the costs of boarding and school become so high that the biggest part of them have to give up their education.
We are actually paying the boarding and school fees for one child. The cost is around 700 euros every year. Without help it would be impossible to maintain this help, and give the same chances to more children.

 

If you would like to contribute to one of these projects, it's possible to make a donation
to the education fund, the health fund, or to see the children needing sponsors on the sponsorship page