Dear Global Giving Donors,
Thank you so much for your support of our project to educate Bon children. As you may already know, these children have various backgrounds that have led them to being educated at this monastery. Some are orphans, other children are from poor families who decided the best way for their child to be educated was to send them to the monastery.
While at the monastery, the boys are referred to as monks, and the girls as nuns, but none of the children are committed to the monastic life until they are old enough to make this decision for themselves, and are not expected to become life long monks and nuns. They are expected to choose the path that is best for them when the time comes.
In our last few reports, we have shared with you their daily schedule and a few details about the structure of the school. In addition to their studies, the students get to participate in a variety of different athletic activities, both for fun and to help them bond with the other students.
As you can see in the picture above, the male students participated in a basketball competition. Each of the four houses that the students live in put together a team for the tournament. (As we told you in the last report, the students live in four ‘houses’ while they going to school at the monastery and the other students in these houses serve as a sort of surrogate family.) We heard that the students had a great time participating in the tournament, and cheering on their teams!
The female students weren’t left out of the athletic competitions either. They participated in a badminton tournament between the various houses. Pictures of the girls’ competition can be seen below.
It’s great to see the students having such fun and participating in activities outside the classroom!
Again, we’d like to thank you for your support of Creating Hope International’s project supporting the education of Bon children. Your support helps the monastery to provide a high level of education to the students in its care. Thank you.
We wanted to give you another look into the lives of the students studying at the Bon Monastery in Dolanji, India. In our last report we shared the students’ daily schedule and told you that students are placed into four ‘houses’. Each house has been named after one of the people responsible for spreading the teachings of the Tibetan Bon. The names are Dru-tsang, Zhu-tsang, Pa-tsang and Meu-tsang. These houses have various competitions throughout the year. Below you can see pictures of a costume competition that the students participated in. (We would really like to know what the student dressed as an alien used to turn themselves so blue!)
Each one of the younger students is paired with an older student who acts as their big brother or sister. The big ‘sibling’ generally helps the younger student adapt to life at the monastery. Together the students will eat a simple and delicious breakfast of Tibetan tea, bread, jam and eggs, before the older student helps the younger student get to class. (The top picture of this e-mail shows some older ‘brothers’ walking their younger ‘brothers’ to school.) Since all of the students studying at the Monastery are living far from their families, developing this bond between older and younger students helps to foster a sense of family and togetherness among all of the students.
The students at the monastery come from very poor homes or are orphans. The students are so thankful for the support that you give to them which allows them to attend school at this Monastery. As you can see from the pictures, the students are receiving a very high level of care while living and studying at the Bon Monastery, and your donations help to make that possible for them. Thank you so much.
School is currently in session at the Bon Monastery in Dolanji, India.
We recently received this update from one of the monks at the Bon Monastery in Dolanji, India:
These days the children are going to school during schooling time. Below you will see their schedule:
5:30am – Morning Bell5:30-6:00am – Get ready for school6:00-6:45am – Morning Prayers6:45-7:15am – Breakfast7:15-7:45am – Dress in School Uniform7:45-8:50am – Morning Study8:50am – School Begins1:15pm – Lunch4:10-4:30pm – Evening Tea4:30-5:30pm – Break5:30-6:30pm – Evening study (holy book)6:30-6:45pm – Evening Prayers7:30-8:00pm – Dinner8:00-9:30pm – Self Study9:30-9:45pm – Watch the news9:45 – 10:00pm – Break to wash hands and feet10:00pm – Good Night
The students are divided in to four houses. When the children are not studying they are cleaning and organizing various competitions between these houses including games, essay-writing competitions in both English and Tibetan, costume contests, acting, calligraphy, poem recitation, and physical fitness.
The pictures that we have included in this report depict the morning view from the monastery and morning prayer. We are looking forward to sharing more pictures that depict daily life at the school soon!
Thank you again for supporting our project to give the gift of schooling to these students. Your donation is truly helping to change lives. Thank you.
The children at the Yungdrung Bon Monastic Centre (YBMC) are now busily studying for their exams in March. As the student numbers grow (there are now 64 girls attending school), YBMC has been improving the facilities for the students. The boys now have a second floor above the dormitories with rooms for special studies (e.g. art, English, Tibetan) and a large hall for conferences. Construction of a larger shower room on the ground floor is also underway. The water issues for both the boys and girls have also been improved. There is now a fixed water filter and water cooler in the boys’ dorms to provide pure and cool water during the summer and the delivery of water in the girls’ facilities has been fixed.
We are very grateful for your continued support for the Bon children in Dolanji. Your support has not only helped with food and clothing for the children but also has contributed to the improvement of the facilities.
During the summer months, when the school is closed, there is still much to do for the Bon children from Nepal in Dolanji, India. These Nepalese children had no schools in the remote, rural areas where they lived in Nepal, so their families sent them to the YungDrung Monastic Centre (YBMC) in Dolanji, India to be educated. Most of them do not have the opportunity to travel back to Nepal during vacation time to see their families. But, this year those children in the 10th class went to visit their families . Some had not seen them for 10 years, and it was a very happy reunion. Many children had difficulty recognizing their family members but their families knew them and were very happy that they had grown up and were receiving a good education.
During the summer there were also activities for those children remaining in the dormitories.There was a debate in July and a seminar was organized in the library on Bon history, religion and culture which included students attending the Tibetan University in Varanasi. There was a handwriting competition with prizes for the winners. Teachers Day was celebrated on September 5th, the birthday of Dr. Radha, the second president of India.
School has again started for the Bon children in Dolanji. This year a 12th class was added and everybody is very happy about that. Two children from the school achieved first positions in the science and culture exhibitions held for the Tiebtan shcools in the Northern Zone. The students then traveled to Delhi to participate in the Central Zone exhibition.
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