This project will help Tibetan Bon children and youth, who are orphans or poor, by providing housing, food and primary through post- secondary education. These children fled their homeland and are living as refugees in other states. A minority group, many Tibetan Bon children live in poverty and have no access to education. The Yungdrung Bon Monastic Center in northern India houses, feeds and provides education to hundreds of Bon children and youth, giving them an opportunity for a better life.
The Bon are a minority Tibetan ethnic group that fled to India when the Chinese invaded Tibet in 1959. In 1968, the Bon established a community in Dolanji, India. Today, the community has 3 children's hostels, a school (through 12th grade), a health center and a community farm. The students in the Bon community come from Tibet, Mongolia, India, Nepal and Bhutan. The students are refugees from Tibet or long-time residents of the other countries but lack educational opportunity at home.
Creating Hope International is working with the Bon to make primary through post-secondary education possible for the community's children and youth. This project will help some of the hundreds of children and youth, most of them refugees, to be able to live in and attend the Bon school.
Education will improve these children's opportunities and the standard of living for the entire community. Some Tibetan students who have benefited from past scholarship programs have returned to Dolanji as leaders and health workers, while others have gone onto university or other study or started work.