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 Bon 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.
Providing children with a scholarship means they can attend the Bon Center and get a quality education from primary through secondary education and even post secondary. This project will help some of the hundreds of children and youth, most of them refugees, to be able to live in the center 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, India as teachers, leaders or health workers. Other students have gone onto technical school, university or other study or started work and been able to provide income to their families.
This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).