Educating Tibetan Refugee Children and Youth

Jun 25, 2014

Double Your Donation at Noon EST!!

Students at BCWC
Students at BCWC

Starting at Noon EST today you can double your donation to Creating Hope International (CHI)!! GlobalGiving and Microsoft YouthSpark are offering $200,000 in matching funds, but the funds will go fast! The last time they offered a 100% match funds ran out in just 15 minutes.

If you’d like to help CHI, please visit our project page right at Noon EST.

One of the students from the monastery says, “I began studying at the school in my village in Nepal, but the school did not offer many subjects. At the age of six I came to the Bon Children’s Welfare Center to continue my education. I study English, science, Tibetan language, social studies and math. I hope that after I graduate I can go back to my village to help to educate others. I will forever be grateful to the leader of this school. This school has changed my life.”

Thank you for your support of our project to educate Tibetan youth. We hope that you will take advantage of the matching opportunity today at noon EST!

Apr 16, 2014

The Value of Time

The Front of the BCWC Hostel
The Front of the BCWC Hostel

We would like to share another piece of work written by a 12th grade student a the Bon Children’s Welfare Center.


The Value of Time

To realize the value of one year

Ask a student who failed in his or her exam

To realize the value of one month

Ask a mother who gave birth to a premature child.

To realize the value of one week

Ask an editor of a weekly magazine.

To realize the value of one day

Ask a daily wage laborer who has six mouths to feed.

To realize the value of one hour

Ask a person who missed the train.

To realize the value of one second

Ask the person who survived an accident.

To realize the value of one millisecond

Ask a person who won a silver medal at the Olympics.


Bonus Day Today!!!

Today beginning at NOON EST, all donations to this project will receive a 50% match as part of the Microsoft Youth Spark program.

If you’re up for the challenge, be on the site to give right at NOON EST!

The last time this challenge was offered, funds ran out in just 15 minutes, so log on early to help AIL take advantage of matching funds!

Apr 15, 2014

Poetry written by a BCWC student

Young Student with a Flower
Young Student with a Flower

We’d like to share a poem that one of the students at the Bon Children’s Welfare Center wrote to be included in the 2013 yearbook.



There is a garden

Near my hostel.

In the garden

We can see flowers.


Rose, sunflower and marigold

Make the garden beautiful

Red, yellow and blue

Make the garden colorful


Flowers are beautiful

They are fragrant

They are colorful

I like flowers


I plant flowers

I water flowers

I take care of them

Because I need the beauty forever


Youth Spark Bonus Day Challenge!!

On Wednesday, Microsoft will be offering a 50% match to all donations made to this project! If you’re up for the challenge, be ready to give right at Noon as funds tend to run out very quickly. (Last time they were gone in only 15 minutes!) 

Donations from $10-1000 will be eligible for the 50% match. As an added bonus – recurring donations will be matched at 100%!! We hope that you will take advantage of this awesome opportunity!

Feb 28, 2014

Articles from the BCWC School Magazine!

Young Students Preparing to do a Bollywood Dance
Young Students Preparing to do a Bollywood Dance

Dear Friends,

Thank you so much for your support!! Your generosity is helping Creating Hope International to provide much needed support to the Bon Children’s Welfare Center in Dholanji, India. In our reports, we usually relay events at the Center to you, but today we’d like to share with you articles that the students published in their yearly magazine, So-Dra.

The Menri Bon Children written by Jigmey, Class 12

Menri Monastery is a Bon Monastery, situated in a small village called Dholanji. Menri is a refuge for about 500 Bon children whose number is increasing every year. All the children in Menri are take care of by H.H. the 33rd abbot Menri monastery. Most of the children are orphans or semi-orphans who have come from the Himalayas and other places. They come to Menri for their education and refuge in Bon Children Welfare Center (BCWC) and Bon children home (BCH). In Menri they are given modern education along with traditional Bon culture and studies. Most of them are from families who are interested in gaining knowledge about precious Bon culture. There is a school for the Bon student called CST Dholanji. This is being managed and observed by the Government of India.

Initially, most of the boys of Menri were trained as monks and the girls as nuns. But nowadays, they have a choice of becoming whatever they want. There is also Bon children home where boys and girls who do not want to be trained as monks and nuns are taken care or and are taking education at CST Dholanji.

All the children including young monks and nuns attend the school. This is situated in the valley below the monastery as education is regarded as absolute necessity for the future of children as well as of the society.


Education is Important written by Phurba, Class 6

Education is most important thing in our life. Education is as important as air because it gives better life and opens the opportunities of the life. Those who lead a good and luxurious life are only by the virtue of education. Education gives self confidence and self satisfaction. Education makes a man right thinker and correct decision maker. A man without education is like a pen without ink. In this world education is important because education develops a lot of brightness in our life. It is only education which makes doctors, officers, teachers & engineers. Education is as important as the air we breathe. So, if you want to be a good and successful person in your life then you should work hard in your studies.

We have included several pictures that we hope you will enjoy. The picture at the top is of young students getting ready to perform a Bollywood dance. Below you can see the students showing off their new jerseys which they wear when competing on their newly formed sports teams. Also below, you can see the younger students showing the new backpacks they received which feature the BCWC logo.

Again, thank you for supporting the students at the Bon Children’s Welfare Center!


Showing their new jerseys
Showing their new jerseys
New Backpacks!!
New Backpacks!!
Dec 3, 2013

Daily Activities of Students at the Monastery

Young Students Reading Storybooks
Young Students Reading Storybooks

Dear Friends, 

We want to end 2013 by thanking you for all of the support you have given to the Tibetan children attending school at the Menri Monastery. Your generosity allows these students to continue to receive a high quality education which will have a positive impact on the rest of their lives. 

Before we share more information about the day-to-day lives of the students, we want to let you know about an amazing opportunity to make your donation go even further. Today, beginning at noon EST (9am PST), all donations to this project will be matched by Microsoft as part of #GivingTuesday! There are $250,000 in matching funds available, and matching will only last while the funds do, so if you plan to give, please do so early in the day! This is a wonderful chance to double your donation, so please help Creating Hope International take advantage of this opportunity. 

During this summer and fall, we have been giving you a peek inside the daily schedule of students at the monastery. We have given you their schedule, told you about the ‘houses’ that the students live in, and the big brother/big sister program to foster a sense of family. We have also given you a glimpse in to the activities that students participate in for fun. Please look back at our past project reports to learn more about these activities. 

In the evening, while the older students work with the monks, the younger students spend time learning to read in Tibetan and English. As you can see in the pictures, the students really enjoy reading from their storybooks! 

The older students also really enjoy reading and during the holidays they are often given special books to read. Below you can see a picture of the students enjoying their holiday reading time.  The older students also enjoy writing, and organized contest where students were to write poems in English, and then recite them in front of the whole school. The pictures sure make the competition seem like fun! 

Finally, all of the students take part in daily chores. Below are pictures of the older students taking time to clean their bedding.

We would once again like to thank you for supporting the education of these students. Your generosity is making a difference in their lives. Thank you. 

Reading during the holiday
Reading during the holiday
Poetry Competition
Poetry Competition
Poetry Competition
Poetry Competition
Older Students Cleaning
Older Students Cleaning

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Toc Dunlap

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