Grateful and Committed
At this time of year, we are reminded of our many blessings and how the people in our lives enrich us and bring joy to every day. All of us at Creating Hope International (CHI) are especially grateful to you, for your generous support of our efforts to help Tibetan refugees in India, especially children, live healthy, happy lives. Thank you!
As you celebrate this Holiday Season and anticipate the approach of the New Year, we hope that you will think of us again and make another donation to help ensure CHI is able to continue our work. Tibetan refugees live in precarious circumstances. Though they work hard to be self-sufficient, often they must rely on the assistance of others to fulfill basic needs. With your contribution, CHI remains committed to help provide needed education and health care services.
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No matter what our circumstances today, when we work together and support one another, we can be assured that tomorrow will be better. Seasons Greetings and thank you again.
CHI Executive Director
The coordinator of the project at YBMC in Dolanji, India for educating Tibetan refugee children writes the following:
“All the children are doing well in the center. Children have just organized a get-together for all the staff and the children on the occasion of Teachers Day and presented many cultural programs.
Recently, four boys and one girl participated in the mathematics relay competition in Mussoorie and the girl took individual third position among the twelve school participants. The girls, who all come from rural areas in Nepal, are doing pretty well in the school.
This year we have purchased new mattresses, bed sheets, pillows and pillow covers for all the children. We have brought one new washing machine and hired one lady for washing the clothes of the small children. Earlier this job was done by the senior children. We have made some changes in the diet of the children and are trying to give more pulses (beans) and fruits to the children. In the month of July, during summer vacation, children had three days get-together, house wise sports and games competition.
We would like to thank all who help us educate and take care of the Bon children in Dolanji!!!”
Over ninety percent of the students at Dolanji come from a very poor section located high in the mountains between Nepal and Tibet, where there are not adequate schools for training and education. At one time this area was a part of Tibet and the families are Bon. Their parents or relatives bring them to Dolanji to get an education. Here’s an update on their status:
Creating Hope International’s executive director visited the community in Dolanji February 2010. There have been a lot of improvements completed since a prior mudslide destroyed all the play area for the children. The new grounds for the boys include a basketball court and a paved play yard. The community leaders have completed new bathrooms, extended the size of the meeting hall, modernized the kitchen, added more space in the dining hall, and added lockers for the boys in their dormitories.
The children have new schoolbags with the community logo. The boys’ dormitory has re-organized their sleeping arrangements- the smaller boys sleep together, and the older boys sleep in groups by school class. As before, the older boys care and support the younger ones in daily activities.
In late 2009, the 9th and 10th grade class went on a field trip to Varanasi. Sixteen boys spend eight days visiting museums, holy sites and had activities as the Benares University, where they were housed. All participants had a very good time. Also in 2009, eleven 11th grade students completed their Dolanji education, and are now either continuing their studies or are in training for a job.
To date, 34 Dolanji students are studying in various higher educational institutions. The number of students continuing on to higher education has risen as scholarships have been promised based on good grades and good behavior.
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Bon families in Nepal, who live on the northern borderlands want security and education for their children. Many families are poor, many children are orphaned or semi-orphaned, and their relatives are unable to provide for them. They turn to Menri Monastery and Redna Menling Nunnery for the children's care and education. Relatives and paid guides make arduous journeys to Menri with groups of children whom they entrust to the care of His Holiness Menri Trizin. No child is turned away, yet beyond the generosity of Western donors, the monastery has few resources for these children.
There are now more than 315 Bon girls and boys from Nepal under the care of YBMC. They stay in dormitories and attend the Tibetan Bon School in Dolanji. Under the education system in India, after the students finish the 10 grade, they can go on to college. There are now 31 students from Nepal that have graduated from the Tibetan Bon school in Dolanji who are attending college in various places in India. All of the students who graduated last year are attending college now and the YBMC is working to encourage more to attend college after they graduate from the Tibetan Bon school.
This last year, YBMC was able to raise funds to take the 9th and 10th graders on a trip to Varanasi for 8 days. 14 of those students were from Nepal. They visited museums, holy places, palaces and other famous places. They stayed in a guest house provided by one of the teachers, who had come from Dolanji, and cooked their own food. As they recorded in the journals that they kept, it was a very excellent experience for all of the students.
As of February 2009, there were 200 Bon children from Northern Nepal attending the school for Tibetan Bon in the Bon settlement in Dolanji, India. 33 are girls and 67 are boys. All of the children are Bon from rural Nepal where there are no schools. All of the children come from very poor families. Some of the children are orphans. The students are able to study to the 10th class at the school and then have a chance to go to higher education institutions.
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