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.
Creating Hope International is presently helping to support the education of 432 Bon boys and girls from Northern Nepal in three centers in Dolanji, India. There are now over 30 Bon girls from Nepal who are attending the school along with 402 other boys and girls from northern Nepal in the other two centers. Although the children are separated from their families they are very grateful to be in Dolanji attending school and living in a loving environment in the refugee camp.
Creating Hope International is presently helping to support the education of 415 Bon boys and girls from Northern Nepal in three centers in Dolanji, India. The centers house the children and provide food and clothing with support from donors around the world. The students attend classes at the Tibetan School for the Bon. There are now 22 Bon girls from Nepal who are attending the school along with 393 other boys and girls from northern Nepal in the other two centers. Coming from very poor families in the high mountains between Nepal and Tibet, these children had no access to schools where they lived. Because of this, their families sent them to Dolanji, India to study at the Tibetan School there.
When I visited in December 2006 and April 2007, the children looked healthy and, as always, happy. The principal of the school reported that all were progressing well. They have had to learn Tibetan, English and Hindi. What is quite amazing is to see the support that the children give to each other and the love and support that they receive from the monks and nuns who look after them at the monastery and nunnery.
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