In rare moments of stillness when I got to sit by the sacred lake Tso Ngonpo, I felt so grateful to return to Tibet for Machik's Summer Enrichment Program 2013 (SEP).
One of the students I got to know this year was Karma, a lanky boy from Yushu, Eastern Tibet. One cold evening I asked him how he liked SEP so far. In his usual thoughtful manner, he replied: “This opportunity is precious to me. In my hometown, I never get to talk with people from all around the world.”
Karma's eagerness to connect with others is a core part of the SEP experience. Whether working alongside each other serving daily meals or rambling over green mountains in the evenings, I once again saw the possibilities that arise from opening our hearts to new encounters. This is the beauty of SEP.
I am thrilled to share with you a video filmed and edited by Khashem Gyal, rising young Tibetan filmmaker and marvelous SEP volunteer. With assistance from students in his photography class, Khashem has beautifully captured the spirit of our intrepid SEP community. Please check out the SEP 2013 video here: http://vimeo.com/80841517
Thank you for making this summer possible for many young Tibetans like Karma!
We recently returned from Tibet where your gift is helping promote learning and excellence among young Tibetan students. Thank you for supporting a summer of learning for over 90 participants. We hope you enjoy the following snapshots from the summer!
#1: This picture show the vast ocean-like lake in Eastern Tibet on whose shores we held our program
#2: Students are taking an exam to place them at appropriate levels in English and Tibetan classes
#3: In a province with over 1 million Tibetans, these two girls supported by Machik ranked 1st and 5th among all Tibetan high school students. Tsering (1st rank, right) and Sangye K (5th rank, center) attended the Summer Enrichment Program this year and have now entered a prestigious university in Beijing.
Thank you and best wishes from the team!
After many months of long days and late nights preparing, we are excited to be just three weeks from the start of Summer Enrichment Program 2013! We share some highlights of this year’s program (July 12 - Aug 10, 2013) with gratitude for your support:
Through curriculum design, expert guest speakers and activities, SEP this year will focus on two themes:
Environmental Conservation – Tibet is a key natural ecosystem in which some of the highest rates of climate change have been documented; andCommunity Service Leadership – This is an expression of Machik's core value of building stronger communities through service to others.
Gifts of any amount will help this unique program promote intercultural exchange and learning among Tibetan, Chinese and global youth! 2013 SEP cannot happen without your support, Thuji che / Thank you!
Dear Machik Friends,
This past year, we had the opportunity to serve as coordinators of Machik's Summer Enrichment Program.
From start to finish, putting together SEP 2012 was an incredible challenge! We were learning on our feet and overcoming obstacles the whole way through - from our unexpected relocation to the city of Kunming, to the long search for a stage for the students' final performance.
But we have also never laughed, cried, danced or sung as much as we did this past summer. It was especially a joy to work with students from the Shigatse School for the Blind. SEP opened our hearts in all directions and we will never forget the spirit of solidarity that connected us all - Tibetans, Chinese and young people from around the world.
Thank you for supporting our work in Tibet! Check out this video Ellie made for us to remember SEP 2012. And we hope you will see that this fiercely determined program shows what a better, brighter future for Tibetans and Chinese might one day look like.
Tenzing Wangmo Gyatotsang & Ellie McCutcheonCo-Chairs, Summer Enrichment Program 2012
The Machik Team wants to share pictures from the Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) with you. SEP 2012 brought together Chinese, Tibetan and Global volunteers for a month to teach and learn from Tibetan children from mostly rural backgrounds.
We had our share of difficulties. The day before we were scheduled to start the program, we were told it would be advisable to move the program to another location due to heightened political sensitivities. Our volunteers and team responded to this with the resilience that drives the success of our work in a region of the world that is often unpredictable and difficult to work in.
Within 48 hours we secured another location and moved. And over the next 4 weeks, the magic of SEP unfolded! Educational enrichment, personal transformations, strong communities of trust for continued collaboration and learning...this and so much more was achieved thanks to your generous support and donations!
Please enjoy the pictures from the program. We hope you enjoy them!
We are grateful to you for making this work possible. Thuji che! Thank you!
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