* DEVELOPMENT OBJECTIVES AND ACTIVITIES OF THE FOUNDATION.

* A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE REFUGEE CAMPS.

* WHO ARE WE?

 

DEVELOPMENT OBJECTIVES AND ACTIVITIES OF THE FOUNDATION.

The Chenrezig Foundation Netherlands is a small organization that is characterized by its direct contact between the board and the co-workers in the Netherlands and the co-workers and objective group in India and Nepal. The foundation directs itself to supporting (financially) Tibetan refugees in the South of India and Kathmandu, Nepal. This support is offered twofold; first, the sponsoring of monks in Gosok Ladang, Sera in India, Phuntsok Chokyiling Monastery in Kathmandu, Nepal, and (lay) children in the refugee camps of Bylakuppe, and second, supporting several projects in these places, by contributing a once only or structural donation on small microcredits.

In the course of a couple of years this initiative had grown into a small organization which, by the end of 2001, was registered with the Chamber of Commerce in the Northwest of Holland (37097691) under the name of ‘Stichting Chenrezig Nederland’ (Chenrezig Foundation Netherlands). Since April 2004, the organisation has received an article 24 – recognition from the tax-office and in 2008 an ANBI-registration. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions concerning this.
The name “Chenrezig” is a Tibetan name for the manifestation of the Bodhisattva of Compassion. His Holiness the Dalai Lamas are perceived as reincarnations of Chenrezig. You will find a picture of Chenrezig in the logo of the organization.

All board members as well as all co-workers of the foundation have visited India and Nepal and have an understanding of the Indian, Nepalese and the Tibetan culture. We hope that you will get a better insight into our working methods and the direct contact with the refugee camps in the following written description.
You will find detailed information on the specific pages with regard to sponsoring and the projects.

* The Chenrezig Foundation Netherlands is a non-profit organization and works only with volunteers in the Netherlands, India and Nepal.
* All projects, microcredits included, in India and Nepal are visited on an annual basis: a progress report, financial overview and responsibilities; both the sponsoring and the projects are discussed with the local co-workers.
* The administration fee for sponsoring is 0,50 euro per month In the case of donations that are 5% of the donated amount and when the donation is more than 1,000,- euro, the administration fee is discussed and agreed beforehand.
* The foundation ensures that the amount donated is given in full to the sponsored monk or child or the specific projects.
* Because the foundation is small and has a good understanding of the local Tibetan situation, the foundation often chooses projects and microcredits that are of local interest and needs or which are close to the affinity and interest of the donator/sponsor in the Netherlands. It is also possible to get individual advice, in India, Nepal as well as in the Netherlands.
* Every donator/sponsor gets once a year, after the annual visit of India/Nepal, a personal
report and can ask for additional information.
* A newsletter, issued three times each year, and once a year an annual account, discuss the responsibility and financial choices of the board.

The foundation sponsors the living situation and schooling of individual monks and children; by means of direct personal sponsorship (each sponsor is allocated an individual monk or child).
Furthermore the foundation supports projects to which donations have been made, the public health care and education in Bylakuppe/Ghulladahalli.
Furthermore the foundation has several small scale microcredits running in Bylakuppe/Ghulladahalli.
Next to this, the foundation gives assistance by means of donations in the daily sustenance and medical needs of recently arrived refugee monks from one of the monastery's colleges in Sera (Gosok Ladang) in India and Phuntsok Chokyiling in Nepal, and can also arrange prayer services when requested.
Detailed information can be found on the following pages. Should you have any questions or require further information, please email/call/write to the Chenrezig Foundation Netherlands and we will contact you.

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A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE REFUGEE CAMPS.

After the annexation of Tibet by the Chinese in the fifties of the previous century, streams of refugees came over the Himalayan-mountains to Nepal, Sikkim and India. Many of these Tibetans settled with the conviction, intention and hope of a quick return to the related peoples in the regions bordering Tibet. Many refugee camps developed in ecologically endangered places, with masses of people, in extremely poor conditions. This enormous exodus of refugees brought up political tensions; not only in Nepal and India, but also in the relationship with China. Because of this, the Indian government saw the urgent necessity to seek another solution. As a result of this, in the beginning of the sixties in the south of India, some land was allocated within the forests; some of the refugees were deported to live amongst the Indian tribes. During the first years of living there approximately one third of the refugees died. These camps, Bylakuppe, Hunsur and Mundgod, by now housed more than ten thousand refugees. Only in Bylakuppe, there are nearly 20 different camps. During the late sixties, even the majority of the monastic universities (Gaden, Drepung and Sera) from Lhasa's (Tibet) vicinity settled between these refugee camps.

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WHO ARE WE?

His Eminence Gosok Rinpochee, head of Gosok Ladang.

Tsering Choephel, representative of Gosok Rinpochee and

intermediary for our foundation in Gosok Ladang, India

and Phuntsok Chokyiling, Nepal.

Representative of Gosok Rinpoche and intermediary for

our foundation in Gosok Ladang, India: This is an annual

rotating task.

Representative of Gosok Rinpoche and intermediary for

our foundation in Phuntsok Chokyiling, Nepal: This is an

annual rotating task.

Gelek Phacho (Gyathar), head of the working comittee for

Gosok Rinpoche and intermediary for our foundation in

Phuntsok Chokyiling, Nepal.

Intermediary for sponsoring of children and projects

in Bylakuppe/Ghulladahalli: This task wil no longer be

required in the future.

Paul Vleugels, founder and chairman of the foundation.
Peter Albers, secretary.

Pedro Penders , treasurer.

Nathalie Perreau, chairman of ‘Programme d’Aide aux

Tibétains’ associated with Detchene Eusel Ling, Paris
Mieke Kupers, newsletter and website.

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