This project will help Tibetan Bon children and youth, who are orphans or poor, by providing housing, food and primary through post-secondary education. A minority group, many Tibetan Bon children live in poverty and have no access to education. The Yungdrung Bon Monastic Centre in northern India houses, feeds and provides education to more than 400 children and youth, giving them an opportunity to have 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 three children's hostels, a school (through 12th class), a health center and a community farm. The students in the Bon community come from Tibet, Mongolia, India, Nepal and Bhutan. The students are either refugees from Tibet or do not have the opportunity for education in their home country.
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 up to 400 children and youth live in a dormitory and attend school for a year.
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.