Children
 India
Project #362

Educating Tibetan Refugee Children and Youth

by Creating Hope International (CHI)
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Dear Friends, 

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The Tibetan and Nepalese students supported by CHI scholarships continue with their studies at the Bon Center. They enjoy a variety of activities including sport and games and cultural activites and art. The center was founded in 1969 and in January the founding day was celebrated by the students, staff, monks, nuns and lay people from the community who enjoyed Bresil (sweet rice) and tea. They watched a friendly basketball match between different societies. 

TODAY, your donation can go further!  Donate between 9:00am and 11:59pm and help CHI continue its valuable work.

Thank you.

Dear Friends,

The Bon Children Welfare Center staff work hard to create an environment which encourages self- motivation in the Tibetan and Nepalese youth they care for.

As the secretary of the Bon Center said, “We want to see all the children happy and above all we want them to learn through a process of self- awakening. We believe that self- awakening will mean you make right decisions as you face challenges in the future. Knowing your strengths and weaknesses helps you choose the right path in life. We tell every child here that we are all unique and we are neither better nor less than anybody else but rather the best or least of ourselves.”

The care the children receive is holistic being not just academic school work, but sport, spirituality and psychological support and cultural. There are many after school activities and opportunities for inter house competition as well as chances to represent the school at competitions. Recently, Bon students won prizes in a regional competition in Tibetan poetry, poetry recitation, debate, science, and music. Through this sort of experience the youth learn self- motivation, self- confidence and to express their opinions.

Thank you for your support for Tibetan Bon youth.

Dear Friends, 

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Project Update

The Tibetan Bon community cares for and educates 230 Bon children who have families in Tibet and Nepal or who are orphans.  After they graduate from school at the Bon center some go on to higher education institutions. There are 10 former Bon Center students at the University of Varanasi, 4 at CST Mussorie, 12 studying commerce, 2 at Chandigrah College studying computers and 3 at Solan learning cooking. These youth have gained a good education and now are able to pursue university level education something that would not have been possible if they had stayed with their families in their home villages

Thank you for your support.

Dear Friends,

The children living and studying at the Bon Center are divided into four houses. There is friendly competition between the houses both in sports, activities and academics. The children study and enter contests in Tibetan and English languages including, writing poetry, recitation, calligraphy, essay writing, quiz competitions and acting. The sports competitions include, basketball, cricket and ping pong. The students also compete on district, state and national levels.

The center makes every effort to support and encourage students to go onto further study and there are more than 20 students studying in different universities, colleges, vocational training centers and schools. Former students return to the center to visit and maintain relationships with other students and staff.

Other news from 2015, includes the completion of a new building for the nuns and female students consisting of 18 bedrooms where 30 females can stay. There is also room for a doctor to stay on site as needed. One student commented on life at the center saying, “Hostel life is disciplined life which improves character and promotes understanding between students. We learn a sense of responsibility in taking care of our belongings and health which makes us independent. Children from different backgrounds learn collectively more about their diverse society.”

Please read the attached  2015 Newsletter for information on CHI activities last year.

Thank you for your support.


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Dear Friends,

Happy New Year!

We thank you for the support you have given in 2015. Your giving has changed lives in the Bon community.  There are only a few more days left in 2015 and donations of any amount are always welcome!

Here is a short update from the Bon community.

In November, students at the Bon Children’s Center in India attended a sporting meet at Chandigarh for students from all over the Northern Zone area. The Bon Center youth did extremely well winning 21 medals-4 gold, 5 silver and 12 bronze.  At another event, 4 students participated in the state level painting competition held at Shimla in North India. Some of the students at these two events are supported with scholarships.

Thank you for your interest and support.

Best wishes for the New Year from all of us at Creating Hope International and the Bon Community in Dolanji, India!

 

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Creating Hope International (CHI)

Location: Dearborn, Michigan - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.creatinghope.org
Project Leader:
Toc Dunlap
Dearborn, Michigan United States

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