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Tibet Water Project Update 2

Posted on September 30, 2012 at 8:25 AM


Since our last report, the Tibet Water Project has made huge progress. In order to build a reservoir at the top of the pipeline and holding tanks closer to the village, a road first had to be built up the mountain. For this large earth moving equipment had to be brought in. Once the road was completed, the necessary materials for the reservoir and holding tanks could be brought in and that phase of the project could be started. In the accompanying picture you can see ceramic tiles being applied to one of the concrete tanks. The project continues to benefit from the enthusiasm of the villagers and residents of the surrounding area, who volunteer their time and energy every day assisting the construction crew with everything from digging to hauling to cleanup. Everyone in the village continues to be amazed that people whom they have never met from all around the world are so generous and willing to help them improve their lives.We are making progress and hope that our next report will tell you that the water is flowing to the village and that the villagers’ daily trek up the mountain for fresh water has finally ended.

About the project:  The Tibet Water Project will install a clean water delivery and sanitation system for 3000 inhabitants of a remote village and monastery complex in one of the poorest areas in eastern Tibet. This project will help decrease the incidence of diarrhea and parasitic disease, and support agricultural activities for over 3000 people, and will eliminate the need for people to hike for up to an hour to haul water manually for their daily needs. http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/tibet-water-project/

 

Tibet Water Project Update

Posted on August 7, 2012 at 12:15 PM


Digging the Pipeline Trench

The people in the Tibet Water Project area are astonished at the Global Giving System, that helps us to win prizes that can help them. They are amazed and gratified that people from around the world who have never met them or been to their village would donate to help make their lives better. There is a lot of excitement at the amount of money that has been raised.

There is a great deal of enthusiasm for this project in the community and many people have been volunteering and working on the pipeline. A lot of the early stage work has been completed because of the number of people who have been helping and doing heavy manual labor.

We are in the process of identifying our new contact for regular communications and reports from Tibet.

About the project:  The Tibet Water Project will install a clean water delivery and sanitation system for 3000 inhabitants of a remote village and monastery complex in one of the poorest areas in eastern Tibet. This project will help decrease the incidence of diarrhea and parasitic disease, and support agricultural activities for over 3000 people, and will eliminate the need for people to hike for up to an hour to haul water manually for their daily needs. http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/tibet-water-project/

Lha Social Work

Posted on August 7, 2012 at 12:15 PM

We are thrilled to announce the launch of our redesigned website: www.lhasocialwork.org . Lha's new interactive layout makes navigation easier, providing more information, better tools, and links to our Flickr photos, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, blog pages and RSS Feeds. We have also added a search function to make it easier to find out about volunteer opportunities, social work programs, projects, resources, announcements and publications. Find yourself amongst our 1000+ photos, or check out our blog for stories and testimonials from volunteers and students. We welcome your own contributions and, reflecting our long-standing commitment to learning and improvement, we also welcome your feedback at office@lhasocialwork.org  as we continue to improve our social work initiatives and website.

Lha is a grass-roots, non-governmental and non-profit social work organization based in Dharamsala, India. We aim to provide vital resources for Tibetan refugees, the local Indian population, and people from the Himalayan regions. Founded in 1997 and registered as a charitable trust and a 12AA non-profit organization by the H.P. Indian Government in 2005, Lha has continuously provided vital resources to those in need for over 13 years. Lha’s primary goal is to provide meaningful, multi-leveled social services in Dharamsala to help ease the transition for the Tibetan refugee community. Our latest programs are: The Tibetan Community Dental Project, Tibetan Environment Website, Eye and Oral Healthcare Projects.

Lha is now tuned in to a variety of social media outlets! To see our current projects in action, you can now visit Lha's Flickr Photo Album. We are continually adding photos of our many social service programs, as well as of our services for international volunteers and visitors, to keep you up to date on our most recent activities. You can also stay connected to Lha and our community of volunteers and students via our Facebook page. "Friend" us for updates on our recent news and activities, and take the opportunity to keep in touch with Lha's online network. We also invite you to share your stories, or explore the experiences of former volunteers, on the Lha blog. The contributions of our volunteers and supporters on our blog not only provide us with feedback on our organization, but also help us to stay connected with members of our community throughout the world. Please visit our You Tube page to see video of our programs and activities at work, and for more general information on Lha's history, projects, and future plans, we invite you to visit our newly operational Wikipedia page.

Since Lha's founding in 1997, we have continued to be inspired by the compassion, dedication, and contributions of generous supporters and thousands volunteers from around the globe. The redesigned website would not be here today without the generous and tireless efforts of the following individuals:

*Luca Pirodda – from Italy who created the database and forms.

*Brian Cobb – from the USA, who worked on the layout and most important web development.

*Karma – a Tibetan who also worked on the layout, content management, and general development.

*Murray Stevenson – from Australia, general development and programming.

*Katie Youtz – from the USA, who is also Lha’s volunteer coordinator and wrote all of the volunteer opportunity descriptions and other texts.

May I take this opportunity on behalf of Lha to thank you sincerely for all of your dedication, creative time and energy put into this project.

Below are some quick facts about Lha's successes during 2011 and we hope for continued success in 2012! Thank you once again for your continued support, as we could not have achieved these things without you, the volunteers, and of course the dedication of the students and the community.

Sincerely,

Ngawang Rabgyal

Director - Lha Charitable Trust.

www.lhasocialwork.org

For monetary donations:

By Wire transaction:

Bank Holder Name: Lha Charitable Trust

Account Number: 2517000101008335

Bank Name: The Punjab National bank

Swift Code: PUNBINBBPAR

Branch Bank: Mcleod Ganj, Dharamsala, H.P

By cheque, payable to "Lha Charitable Trust". Please send by mail to:

Lha Office Temple Road, Mcleod Ganj, Dharamsala, 176219

Distt Kangra, Himachal Pradesh INDIA

By Online Visa, MasterCard, Discover, Bank, American Express and Bank Transfer via Moneybookers.

Simply click on the Moneybookers link in the upper Right side of the Lha's website.

 

Important Initiatives, Report for 2011:

• Had 2476 students attend language classes

• Had 717 new students enroll for language classes

• Had 226 students attend Intermediate and Beginner computer classes

• Special Courses were provided in Massage, Photography and IT training

• Distributed over 4000 free articles of clothing to both the Tibetan and local Indian communities

• Opened a new community soup kitchen which provides clean, filtered water and nutritious meals to 40-50 financially disadvantaged people daily.

• Provided an Eye and Dental Care to over 100 Tibetan Refugees

• Organized a mass clean-up program in Mcleod Ganj and on World Environment Day

• Provided recommendation letters to 183 of our students. The Indian Government requires letters from an educational institution as proof from newly arrived refugees that have registered as relocating to India for educational opportunities.

• Worked with 546 new volunteers who donated their valuable time and energy

• Had 315 international visitors enroll in Tibetan Cooking, Tibetan Art, Tibetan Language and Yoga classes.

• Organized Cultural Exchange Programs for 9 University and High School Groups from the USA and France.

 

QUICK FACTS FROM 2003 TO 2011

· Over 4,621 volunteers from 40 different countries have contributed to Lha's work.

More than 1245 foreign visitors have participated in Tibetan cultural programs

Approximately 684 students from international education institutes have participated in the organized cultural exchange program

30,000 free books have been distributed to Tibetan and local Indian schools and libraries

More than 27,345 articles of clothing have been collected and distributed through the donation center

Multi-language courses have benefited over 8,021 people

Computer and IT workshops have helped over 2,000 people

191 free eye check-ups and glasses have been provided for more than 146 people

Over 485 people have attended Lha's yoga classes

More than 160 people have graduated from Lha's massage course

67 people have graduated from Lha's photography course

The Lha Community Soup Kitchen has fed between 35-50 people daily since its opening in July, 2011

 

International Collaboration Saves the Memories of Tibet's Elders

Posted on April 4, 2012 at 10:10 PM

 

March 26, 2012 - The Tibet Oral History Project and Memoro–The Bank of Memories are working together to share the unique culture and history of Tibet with the world.

 

The Tibet Oral History Project www.TibetOralHistory.org documents the extraordinary lives of exiled Tibetan elders—the last generation to live in a free, unoccupied Tibet—and preserves memories of their homeland for future generations. The Project has already videotaped the eyewitness accounts of 120 elderly Tibetan refugees and this May, their oral history team of Tibetans and Americans will meet in Dharamsala, India, home of the Tibetan government in exile, to videotape 50 more oral histories with the oldest surviving Tibetan elders.

 

When the Dalai Lama was forced to flee Tibet in 1959, an estimated 80,000 Tibetans followed their spiritual leader into exile in India where most now live. The Tibet Oral History Project (TOHP) documents the refugees’ early peaceful life in Tibet and the devastating impact of the Chinese invasion and occupation on their families, livelihood, social structure and religious practices. Now at the ages of 70, 80 or 90, these refugees are the last generation who can describe the rich and ancient traditions of Tibet as an independent country.

 

Now these important stories will reach an even wider audience with the help of Memoro–The Bank of Memories (www.memoro.org), also a non-profit organization, dedicated to collecting the experiences and life stories of people born before 1950. The Memoro website enables the public to upload short audio or video clips of elders’ life stories and provides free distribution of this collection on an international scale.

 

Not only will memories and life stories be preserved, but more importantly they are being shared on a medium, the Internet, that is able to reach young people. Memoro aims to be a bridge between generations, in which they ask to the younger technology savvy generations to become "Memory Hunters", active listeners and sharers of memories from the elderly. This project enables the elders to return to the role of "wisdom holders", which they held just few decades ago.

 

Memoro is also a place where people or organizations already collecting oral histories of elders can easily publish and share all or part of their work and invite visitors to their own website or physical exposition, such as the collaboration now established with the Tibet Oral History Project.

 

Memoro recently archived of TOHP’s 22 short videos from the Tibetan elders’ eyewitness accounts with many more to be added in the future. The special section of Memoro devoted to Tibet will be translated into seven languages for Memoro websites hosted on each continent. TOHP is also making video footage and English transcripts of the oral history interviews available through their own website, the United State Library of Congress and several universities and archives.

 

Memoro invites everyone to help preserve the wisdom culture of Tibet. Anyone living near a community of Tibetan refugees can easily record a Tibetan elder’s story with an iPhone, iPad or Android App and upload the stories directly to Memoro’s website. Visit Memoro’s Tibetan section for more information: http://www.memoro.org/us-en/tibet/.

 

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About the Tibet Oral History Project:

At the request of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the Tibet Oral History Project was initiated in 2003 by Marcella Adamski, Ph.D to record the early life experiences of Tibetan elders, who were forced to flee their homeland in 1959 following the Chinese invasion and subsequent occupation. The Tibet Oral History Project is a non-profit organization committed to making the elders’ oral history interviews accessible via the Internet in order to share with the world the culture and history of Tibet.

 

About Memoro–The Bank of Memories:

Memoro–The Bank of Memories is a non-profit organization, dedicated to collecting the experiences and life stories of people born before 1950. Established in Turin, Italy, in August 2007, the first website was launched in June 2008 and now the project is active in 14 countries on four continents. Videos on the Memoro website have been viewed more than eight million times since the website launched in 2008.

 

 

Contacts:

 

Tibet Oral History Project, Marcella Adamski, Ph.D., Executive Director

P.O. Box 6464, Moraga, CA 94570-6464 United States

Telephone: +1 415 292 3202 / Fax: +1 925 376 1640

Email: info@tibetoralhistory.org

Website: www.tibetoralhistory.org

 

Memoro – The Bank of Memories, Luca Novarino

Banca della Memoria Onlus, via Gualderia, Chieri

Tel: +390110203800 / Fax: +390110203801

Email: luca.novarino@memoro.org

Website: http://www.memoro.org/

Dalai Lama to visit Austria

Posted on February 15, 2012 at 1:40 AM

Subject: WG: Information about His Holiness the Dalai Lama's visit to Austria in May 2012

From: Tibet Center IIHTS - Office (office@tibetcenter.at)

To: office@tibetcenter.at;

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Date: Thursday, February 9, 2012 5:27 AM

Dear friends,

 

it is a great honor for Tibet Center – I.I.H.T.S., Austria, that His Holiness the Dalai Lama will visit Austria from May 18 to 26, 2012. During this period His Holiness will give teachings and public talks, and take part in an interreligious dialog and a symposium on Buddhism and Science. In the following please find more detailed information and the program of these events:

 

Friday & Saturday, May 18 & 19: His Holiness will give two-days teachings on The Heart Sutra, Atisha's Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment, The Song of the Four Mindfulnesses - Instructions on the View of the Middle and His Holiness will also confer a Medicine Buddha Empowerment in the City of Klagenfurt, Carinthia.

 

Sunday, May 20: His Holiness will give a public talk on “The Art of Happiness” in the City of Klagenfurt, Carinthia.

 

Monday, May 21: His Holiness will give a Keynote speech "World Peace and Universal Responsibility" in the morning and will participate in an Interreligious Dialog "Harmony in Diversity" in the afternoon in the City of Salzburg.

 

Friday, May 25: His Holiness will give a public talk "Beyond Religion - Ethics and Human Values in Today's Society" in the afternoon in the City of Vienna.

 

Saturday, May 26: His Holiness will participate in a day-long Symposium on Buddhism and Science "Mind and Matter - New Models of Reality" in the City of Vienna.

 

For further information and ticket reservation please visit our Websites: www.tibetcenter.at and www.dalailama.at

 

Office of Tibet Center - I.I.H.T.S.

International Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies

Reiftanzplatz 1, A-9375 Hüttenberg, Austria

Tel. +43 (0) 4263 20084, Fax +43 (0) 4263 20084 50

office@tibetcenter.at

www.tibetcenter.at

www.dalailama.at

University of San Diego Film Series

Posted on February 13, 2012 at 8:45 AM

Inside USD Tibetan Films Enlighten, Educate

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Excitement is building for the April visit of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama to San Diego, including an April 18 afternoon appearance at USD’s Jenny Craig Pavilion.

To assist the USD community in preparation for this historic event, the Theology and Religious Studies Department, Outdoor Adventures and Residential Life have teamed to present an eight-week Thursday night film series titled, “The Wisdom of Tibet: Understanding the Dalai Lama,” from 7-9 p.m. in the Hahn University Center, Room 129.

The first film, “Kundun: The Life of the 14th Dalai Lama” will be shown Thursday, Feb. 9. Admission is free and light refreshments will be available. Seating is very limited. Future Thursday screenings are “Himalaya” (Feb. 16); “The Cup” (Feb. 23); “The Saltmen of Tibet” (March 1); “Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion” (March 15); “Travelers and Magicians” (March 22); “Wind Horse” (March 29); “Unmistaken Child” (April 12). The film series will not be shown on two Thursdays, March 8 and April 5.

Theology and Religious Studies Associate Professor Karma Lekshe Tsomo, PhD, who has been fortunate to be in the presence of the Dalai Lama on numerous occasions, was instrumental in developing this film series.

“Film is a conventional medium to convey His Holiness’ messaging, the images, the different ways of life, geography and the people of Tibet,” said Tsomo (pictured, right). “We all want to learn as much as we can so this can help us to be better prepared for his perspective on life.”

Tsomo, who secured a grant for a series of Tibetan films, said these titles explore broad topics in Tibet culture — ancient and modern, political and spiritual, and the cultural and personal perspectives.

“These films will give people background on the Dalai Lama, where he’s coming from, what forces shape him and what forces have shaped the Tibetan people and their culture and the modern-day crisis they face,” she said.

During on-campus meetings to discuss programming that could tie into the Dalai Lama’s visit, Tsomo indicated that she was looking for an intimate setting to show these films. That’s when Greg Zackowski, director of Outdoor Adventures and sustainability programs, got involved. Hosting the film series in a place dedicated to providing the USD community with outdoor experiences with a sustainability mindset, he said, made it a good fit.

“His Holiness is a huge proponent of living in the moment and caring for God’s creation. This is a fundamental belief within our program,” Zackowski said.

The opportunity for the USD community to better understand Tibetan culture through the film series and discussion is important. To know the significance of the Himalaya mountain range, for instance, and that it “represents an alternative to our modern, crazy, busy lifestyle that often leaves us precious little time to reflect on what life’s all about,” Tsomo said, offers a teachable moment.

She said her USD classes devoted to Buddhist Thought and Culture are filled to capacity and the general excitement on campus for the Dalai Lama’s upcoming visit is very fulfilling.

“It’s a very special opportunity,” she said. “In a way, this is our home, our community, USD, and it feels like we’re bringing a special person here that you want to introduce to your family. I feel very honored and pleased that he accepted our invitation and that students, staff, faculty and colleagues will have this experience.”

— Ryan T. Blystone

2011 Opens with a Public Relations Boon

Posted on January 8, 2011 at 10:06 PM

(from the Antahkarana Society International Newsletter, January 2011)

 

We are blessed with great media exposure!  Antahkarana is featured in the January/February issue of Awareness magazine with a three page article and wonderful pictures of the work we are accomplishing for Tibetans in Himalayan villages.  You can read the article on-line at http://www.awarenessmag.com/index.html

 

With circulation of over 200,000 in Southern California, New Mexico, Arizona and Hawaii, this is wonderful exposure for us.  And of course, we want to maximize the impact.  To do so we must take the right action quickly.

 

This issue will be on the street for two months so we have a short window of opportunity.  In mid February there will be a large convocation of our target market at the Concious LIfe Expo in Los Angeles, California.  This major event has thousands of visitors over a three day period.  Antahkarana could benefit immensely from being there to promote our work.

I have been in conversation with the organizers and we have been offered a table-top with electricity in a high traffic area for $985.  I am confident we can secure sleeping arrangements with friends in Los Angeles.  Parking is $12/day and meals would be simple.  The exciting news is that Khenpo Tashi Kailash is in the states and will assist.  We all know how people are attracted to Tashi and I expect that it will be no different at this event.  I predict that our table will be a hot spot!

We need your immediate support to carry this off.  $2500 will cover the cost of the booth, travel, food and some graphic art work and collateral materials to enhance our presence.  Please consider a generous gift to fund this breakthrough opportunity and secure more financial security for Antahkarana projects.

 

Make a donation on-line at www.savetibetanculture.org

or mail your check to Antahkarana International, P.O. Box 1543, Bozeman, MT  59771

 

I am grateful in advance for your quick response to this appeal.  May you be blessed many times over for your generosity.

 

Always,

Deanna Campbell

Founder and Executive Director

Antahkarana International

Roof Top Challenge

Posted on July 13, 2010 at 10:28 PM

A Roof Top Challenge for Roof of the World Schools

Executive director will camp out on roof top to challenge 100 people to donate $10 per month to support schools in the Himalayas ... the roof top of the world.

 

On July 15, Executive Director of Antahkarana International, Deanna Campbell, will begin a roof top stay in a reconstruction of her 2008 stay in Zhang village in the Himalayan region of Nepal, site of one of Antahkarana's schools for Tibetan children.  The tent will be set up on the roof of the organization's home office at 1015 South Grand, Bozeman, Montana.  Deanna will eat Tibetan style surviving on butter tea, Tibetan bread, and thupka...a Tibetan soup.  During the day Antahkarana Caravan will be open with trunkloads of items from Tibet, India and Nepal to sell.  There will be a continuous showing of the video Hope in the Wind a short documentary film on the work.

 

The goal of the challenge is to find 1000 people who share the belief that indigenous Tibetan culture is worth saving and that saving it in the Himalayan regions is of utmost importance...even as the Dalai Lama has recently implored the world.  Visit www.savetibetanculture.org for more information and to schedule your donation on line.  Then tell your friends about this vital...life-giving work.

 

1000 people $10.  You can make a tremendous difference if you will.  No need to wait.  Donate today!  www.savetibetanculture.org

We are waiting for your visit!  We Can Do It If We Will...

California psychologist fulfills Dalai Lama's urgent request

Posted on March 3, 2010 at 7:43 PM

San Francisco, California, USA (March 1, 2010) - "I have been waiting my whole life to tell what happend in Tibet," declared an 82-year-old Tibetan refugee after meeting with Marcella Adamski, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist working in San Francisco's Financial District, who records the life stories of Tibetan elders.

 

"When I met with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, I asked what could be done to help the people of Tibet.  He emphasized the vital importance of recording the life experiences of older Tibetans in exile, who both witnessed and endured the invasion and occupation of Tibet by the Chinese," explains Adamski.  "The Dalai Lama urged that the elders be interviewed before they pass away and their stories are lost forever."

 

To fulfill this request, Adamski founded a non-profit organization called the Tibet Oral History Project which has already videotaped 85 elders' eye-witness accounts of Tibet's recent history.  In an effort to preserve as many oral histories as possible, Adamski will travel this April to Dhoeguling Tibetan Settlement in Mundgod, a Tibetan refugee town in southern India, also known as "Little Tibet."  Adamski, working with a team of Americans and Tibetans, will videotape over 50 interviews with elderly Tibetans in Dhoeguling.

 

When the Dalai Lama was forced to flee Tibet in 1959, an estimated 80,000 Tibetans followed their spiritual leader into exile in India where most now live.  The Project's interviews document both the memories of the refugees' peaceful early life in Tibet and their eye-witness accounts of the Chinese invasion and subsequent occupation of their country.

 

"The refugees that we interview come from diverse backgrounds - nomads, farmers, housewives, traders, monks, nuns and community leaders.  After the Chinese invasion of Tibet, many of them became political prisoners, forced laborers, and even resistance fighters.  Now at the ages of 80 or 90, these refugees are the last generation who can describe what it was like to grow up in a free Tibet," says Adamski.

 

Film footage and printed transcripts of 25 of these interviews are currently available on the Project's website.  The complete oral history collection will also be provided to Tibetan archives and international research libraries.  In addition, Radio Free Asia's Tibetan Service is broadcasting interview excerpts worldwide, even in China, on the weekly Life in Exile show.

 

Benpa Topgyal, Senior Editor of the radio show states, "I feel it is as important for the present and the future generation of Tibetans to know their forefather's legacy as it is for the Chinese to understand Tibetan issues from an angle and source other than the official Chinese government propaganda."

 

Many Tibetan advocacy groups around the world have shown their appreciation for Adamski's work.  Dennis Cusack, San Francisco attorney and Co-Chair of the International Tibet Support Network, says, "The Tibet Oral History Project plays a crucial role in the Tibetan struggle for freedom.  Hearing these interviews, younger generations of Tibetans can bind themselves even more tightly to the Tibetan identity that they and their elders are fighting to preserve."

 

Visit the organization's website at www.tibetoralhistory.org for more information.

 

Contact:

 

Marcella Adamski, Ph.D., Executive Director

P.O. Box 6464, Moraga, CA 94570-6464 United States

Telephone: +1 415 292 3202/Fax: +1 925 376 1640

Email: info@tibetoralhistory.org

Website: www.tibetoralhistory.org

 

Villagers Continue to Amaze Us as the Work Grows

Posted on February 1, 2010 at 9:50 PM

(reprinted with permission from the Antahkarana International Autumn 2009 Newsletter)

 

by Executive Director, Deanna Campbell

 

Someone asked me recently what drove me to do this work.  It caught me off guard.  I wanted to say something impressive.  But it is just too uncomplicated for a grand answer.

 

The drive simply arose when I saw first-hand the impoverished Tibetan villages in the trans-Himalayan region of Nepal.  I looked into the faces of children whose parents and grandparents had been without education for two generations.  I heard the translated pleas of the villagers for help and there was no way I could return to a comfortable life and do nothing.

 

Few people ever reach the extremely remote and inaccessible region I had been lead to by a Tibetan monk.  I knew if I didn't do something it was unlikely that anyone else would even be aware of the need.

 

Without education the villagers will languish in poverty and illiteracy for generations to come and their precious Tibetan Buddhist culture that hangs by a thread will be lost.

 

The work took form and Antahkarana was born.  Unable to find a way to bring building materials to the village (there are no roads) or to engage teachers who would commit to harsh village life, we did the next best thing and took some of the children to Kathmandu for an education.

 

The villagers' fiery hearts were fanned by the hope we engendered.  Hearts united in purpose erupted into a conflagration that I believe consumed many of the original obstacles we encountered.

 

Two years later, in what I unabashedly look upon as a miracle, classrooms sprang up from the stones that lay scattered in the villages and young people returned to their roots to take up positions as teachers.

 

To our further amazement, just last week four village youths who have immigrated to America contributed $150 each to the village project saying they wanted to participate in "the tremendous effort to preserve our great and unique culture" and they felt it their "duty and responsibility" to join the villagers in the effort.

 

The villages have new life.  There are options beyond escape.  We have over 138 children in our classrooms and many adults in our literacy classes.  The work continues to grow.

 

The stark reality is that these miracles must be ratified by financial support.  Winter is closing in and the villages will be snowed in until May.  In the next week we must get salaries paid so that our teachers can buy the food and fuel and other supplies they will need for themselves and their extended families during the long winter.

 

We must make sure the children have pencils and paper and a few books.  Our techers need teaching aids.

 

How wonderful it would be to send money for warm clothing and something extra for the children to have good meal at school.

 

The children in school in Kathmandu have grown out of and/or worn out their uniforms and play clothes.  The weather is getting cold there as well.  There is a contagious skin condition afflicting many of them that requires medical treatment.  The list goes on.

 

Please act now to turn your interest into the good karma of giving.  The work chronicled in the newsletter is utterly dependent on your donations.  Your tomorrow must be today.  Some other time is now.  The "someone" has to be you.  Please visit our website to select a mode of giving suited to you.  www.savetibetanculture.org .


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