Thank you for your support this year. You have helped young men and women receive an education and a path to a better life – young people like the one who shared his experience with us.
“When I was five my father taught me the Tibetan alphabet and to read and write using a wooden block as a book and a sharp bamboo stick as a pencil. We were poor, but my father valued education. Early one morning in 1987, when I was seven, my father and I left our home. We walked for several days to a town with an airstrip. There we took a small plane to another town, where we then got on a bus. After a three-day bus ride we arrived at the Menri Bon Monastery in Northern India.
I came to the school to be a monk, but when I reached the monastery the Abbott sent me to school saying that I was too young to become a monk. I joined the Bon Children’s Welfare Center (BCWC) and for eight years I had the opportunity to live there and study at the Central School for Tibetan Children in Dholanji.
Days became months, and months became years. I worked very hard in school and earned many prizes in drawing and handwriting competitions. In 4th grade, I came in third in an all India bird drawing contest.
In 1997 I completed the eighth grade and started to learn Tibetan Bon philosophy, as well as grammar, poetry, astrology, astronomy, traditional art and ritual practices. I had the opportunities to attend workshops at a number of monasteries and institutes throughout India. I became involved in the Emory Tibet Science Initiative and through that received a scholarship to study western science at Emory University.
In May 2013, I graduated from Emory University and came back to Menri. I took my Geshe exams in March 2014. It is perhaps the greatest achievement of my life. Currently I am working in the library at the monastery. In my spare time I am writing a book about Buddhism and Biology. None of this would have been possible if my father had not brought me to the Bon Children’s Welfare Center. I will be forever grateful to him and BCWC.”
Thank you again for your support for this work. The BCWC is helping orphans and poor children gain a high quality and therefore life-changing education. We have attached our year-end newsletter to this report and hope you will take a few minutes to read it.
Thank you so much for your continued support and interest in our project! As you can see above, the students at the Bon Children’s Welfare Center (BCWC) were all given new backpacks! Thank you for helping give this gift to the children.
We’d like to share with you a short essay written by a young man named Lhawang. Lhawang is in the eleventh grade, and has written about the value of education both in his life and for everyone. While many of the students are orphans, some to the students like Lhawang have come to the BCWC because there are no opportunities for an education in the villages where they live. Coming to the monastery is the only way that students like Lhawang can receive an education. Here is a bit about his story, in his words.
The Value of Education
In my childhood, it was my thinking that getting an education was a boring venture and would be a complete waste of my time. I didn’t want to study in my school life, but I was completely wrong. One day my father advised me very seriously that nowadays education is in so much demand that without education people can’t do anything and it is a vital part of life. A person without education is like a man without eyes. If we have education we have a great chance to become an engineer, a doctor, a teacher, a pilot, a writer, any other respectable job, even prime minister of a country. Education makes us more perfect human beings and teaches us how to live with other people. These traits are developed in us just because of the education that we get in our life here at school. Life here at school is the most joyful and the happiest period in one’s life. Every day we get to learn new things. In school the teachers show us the right path of life. We get many opportunities to do different activities for our betterment. We also have a lot of time to study. So, the students should give their studies their full attention. If we don’t’ have an education, we cannot get jobs and cannot fulfill our ambitions of becoming a successful person. We all should know the value and significance of getting an education. My father has completely changed my life by giving me this simple advice. My father told me that I have to study hard because I am the eldest son of the family, the oldest of my brothers and sisters, so I have the greatest amount of responsibility. Thus, it becomes extremely essential for me to get my education in a proper way. For this reason, my father sent me to this monastery. There was no way for me to get an education in the village where I lived. Once I came here I began to study hard for my future and for my family. Now, I am in the eleventh grade and am working hard to fulfill the responsibility that is on my shoulder. I now understand the value of an education.
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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.”
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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
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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!
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