Funded by: TFWA Care (PHase 1 & 2), Gebr. Heinemann (phase 1 & 3) and Estée Lauder (Phase 3)
Cost: Phase 1 - £21,000, opened 2014. Phase 2 - £30,000, opened 2018. Phase 3 - £15,000, opened 2018
The floods of August 2010 devastated the Tibetan Refugee Centre, Choglamsa, causing many of the families to run away to villages across the high passes. His Holiness Tog Dan Rinpoche and the All Gonpa Association, Ladakh, traced many of the children and encouraged them to come back to resume their education. Nalanda Residential School was built for these children to receive a much better education than if they stayed in remote villages.
The school currently has 25 boys attending and when the necessary facilities are available, the next intake will be 25 girls. It is hoped that further extensions will mean that one day more than 200 children from very remote areas across the region will attend Nalanda Primary School, staying here for 10 months every year to study.
Phase 2: Funded by TFWA Care, the accommodation block for girls was built using the Rammed Earth Technique which maximises the benefits of the sun. Work on the construction is now complete, as shown in these pictures. The results are amazing. The girls are enjoying their new accommodation.
Phase 3: Gebr. Heinemann and Estée Lauder recently donated £15,000 to fund a much needed Dining Room, Kitchen, Toilets and Washing Facilities at Nalanda School. Phase 3 is now complete, as the photographs show below, and will transform the lives of the students and their teachers.