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.
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 buildings – one is the living quarters and the other a large meeting room.
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).