Projects In Need Of Funding
The children with whom we work live below the poverty line, come from scheduled castes and tribes, are orphans or semi-orphans (from one parent families). They are in every way destitute.
Sakya Nuns Association, Choglampsa, Leh, Ladakh – £15,000 needed
Located amongst the dust and dirt of Choglamsa, the Tibetan Refuge Centre close to Leh, is a small Buddhist Nunnery housing 30 student and 10 senior nuns. The young nuns, aged between 6 and 18 years, are all refuges from either Tibet or Nepal. All Nuns come from very poor families or are orphans, and by definition are beggars, raising a few rupees by carrying out blessings for local people. They also beg for funds by knocking on doors and asking for help. They are very few other areas where they can raise money.
The Sakya Nunnery is the only one of its Buddhist sect in Ladakh and so the girls and their teachers live in isolation from most other people. A local monk, Lama Tashi Gyltsen, helps them as much as he can, but his ability to raise funds for them is very limited. The Nunnery has been built on a small piece of land with two main buildingsn – one is the living quarters and the other a large meeting room. They have a very poor kitchen and no real dining facilities.
The Lotus Flower Trust has worked in Ladakh for many years funding the building of schools and homes for poor children who live in remote areas of the country. Lama Tashi Gyltsen and the nuns have approached the Trust asking for funds to build a kitchen, dining room and store room, as the current buildings are not adequate to cope with the numbers asking to join the Sect (more than 100). The cost of this project is £15,000. Please Donate Now if you can support the nuns.
Boys Accommodation, Janet Sheed Roberts Residential School and Skills Centre for Special Needs Children – £42,000 needed.
The Janet Sheed Roberts Residential School and Skills Centre is the very first school for children with special needs in Uttrakhand, a state of more than 10 million in India. For so long, any Indian child with special needs has been ignored as a forgotten minority, ostracised by the Government and, in many cases, their own families. With the buildling of the residential school, funded by William Grant Whiskey, the World Duty Free Group and Women in Travel, children with special needs began to be taught for the first time and at a level and speed appropriate to their academic status. Those mentally capable but with a physical disability now live in the home and study in a mainstream college to learn alongside the students. Children with a mental concern are, probably for the first time in their lives, now taught life skills, hygiene and vocational skills at the JSR School. Beyond this, according to their capabilities, they are guided to achieve their full individual potential.
This facility will only help the students up to the school-leavers age of 18. Trustees were concerned about the lives of the children beyond this age and so decided to build a Skills Centre on the first floor of the school, funded by Delhi Duty Free. The skills of the JSR students, as a result of this new facility, have advanced at an amazing rate, as they learn subjects such as textiles, hairdressing, mechanical and engineering skills and many others. The Centre also offers courses to the local community and has proven to be a valuable resource for learning which all who are involved with and attend are very proud of. It has given the children, many for the first time, a home – a place where they are cared for and feel safe and where they can learn and live together with respect.
In the Juvenile Act of 2015, the Indian Government recently decreed that all boys and girls must be accommodated in separate buildings, 200 metres apart. This leaves us with two choices; either we must stop providing sleeping quarters for the boys or the girls, which we absolutely do not want to do, or we turn to those that can help us to find the money (£42,000) to build a boys residential home on the other side of the site. Can you help us help these children whose needs are far greater than our own?
During the past five years since the JSR School was built, we have seen acheivements from the students far beyond our, and indeed their, imaginations. The children have proved to be as capable as anyone – in the market place, sports field, office and beyond. The children have shown that, regardless of where you start, the sky is the limit. They have shown all of us that with a little help they can achieve their dreams, that they can have a future, a proper place in society. We now ask for your help to let them carry on with their new, happy and fulfilling lives. All we need is the money, we will do the rest. Can you help? Please Donate Now to support this project.
First Floor Extension, Ram Tirth Vidyalaya Junior High School, Rajpur, Dehradun, Uttrakhand – £30,000 needed.
It has been two years since Lotus Flower Trust, though the generosity of Tax Free World Care (TFWA Care), funded the building of new classrooms in this very run down school. This basic school, with 220 pupils, mostly girls, is set in a small village in the foothills of the Charwal Himalayas. The children come from very poor backgrounds, their parents being labourers, farm workers and slum dwellers. Several are orphans or semi-orphans and all are Dalits, part of the Indian caste system, formerly known as ‘The Untouchables’. Many of the youngsters have to walk to school every day, up to two hours each way, through the summer monsoon heat and the winter snows. They do this as they are eager to learn.
Following the success of the enlarged school, LFT has been asked if they could fund the construction of a first floor extension at a cost of £30,000. This will hold 3 further classrooms, a computer room, a science laboratory, a multi-purpose room and a Principal’s office. This will bring the school in line with similar fee paying private schools in Dehradun, but more importantly, offer the local poor children the chance to raise their education to a new level, letting them take on the opportunities that are being offered in newly developing India. Presently good opportunities are available to only the better educated middle classes and the gulf between them grows wider every day.
We have witnessed, through many of our projects, just how much the girls can achieve with a little help. They just need a boost as are more than capable of moving forward themselves. An 11 year old girl called Puja, a grass cutter’s daughter, is exceptionally bright and would like to be an engineer. The new addition to the school will help her to achieve her dreams.
So many children, for generations past, have never been able to achieve their full potential, to show their full capabilities, all because of circumstances they can’t chance themselves. We are trying to give all the same chances, the same opportunities to achieve. Not all will make it, but with your help we can, at least, say that we tried. Please give them a chance and Donate to help.
Anganwadi (Kindergarten), Ladakh – £10,000 each
The Indian Government has decreed that all Primary Schools in India should have an Anganwadi built adjacent to them. Lotus Flower Trust has been asked by the Ladakh Hill Council, which governs Ladakh, to try to raise funding for 30 buildings. Each construction costs £10,000 and the Trust has funded 14 Anganwadis so far (see Projects Completed page). We now need to raise funds for a further 16 (see Projects Under Construction). The kindergartens consist of one large insulated and double-glazed room to be used as a classroom, kitchen and store room with separate toilet facilities. The buildings need strong foundations as the area is one of the most earthquake prone in the world.
These kindergarten will allow the women of the village to go about their work in the knowledge that their little ones will be in safe hands until they return home. At the moment, most women have to resort to carrying their babies on their backs when they work in the fields or leave them at home, unsupervised, behind locked doors. Having this facility close to the Primary School will let the little ones, and their parents, get used to school and go on to receive an education which, for all poor children, is the only way out of poverty. Please Donate Now to support this project.
Further projects to be approved at the next Trustees Meeting.