Funded by: private sponsor
Cost: £12,000. opened: 2019
The boys from Winchester College worked very hard to fundraise for this project in Khaltse, Ladakh. Currently the children who attend Lamdon Jamyang must travel great distances to and from remote villages to school each day, either by bus or on foot. One child travels 50km each way by bus! The new accommodation will allow the children to sleep comfortably and safely in a building close to the school. It has built using the Rammed Earth technique used to maximise the benefits of the sun.
Currently there are approximately 150 pupils at the school – the school committee sponsors 20 and a further 30 children are funded by local Ladakhi people. The remaining pupils pay £5 per month for their education (which amounts to a great deal for most families).
Fifty boys from Winchester began work on the project in June 2016. After their visit in August 2017, the project is now complete.
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).