The Chenrezig Foundation Netherlands offers the choice of a once only or structurally supporting a project or at the same time start a project in the Monastic University Sera (Gosok Ladang) India, Phuntsok Chokyiling Nepal or in the Bylakuppe/Ghulladahalli refugee camps in India.
On this page, please
find the projects, which for several years have been financially supported
from the Netherlands. We annually visit the projects and the money is
personally handed over.
The contacts are running through our intermediaries in India and Nepal: Tsering Choephel/Jampa Kalsang, for the projects in the monastery and Tenzin Yankey for the project in Bylakuppe/Ghulladahalli; the Namgyal Clinic and the Ghulladahalli School and possible future projects like the placing of a sewage-system and pavement in the streets of the village.
concerning the monastery and the household of Gosok Ladang, the committee
will, if necessary, have direct contact with Kyabje Gosok Rinpoche,
the head of the Ladang and Phuntsok Chokyiling.
PROJECT NAMGYAL CLINIC INDIA.
Bylakuppe/Gulladahalli, old camp 5 & 6
A small clinic managed
by the regional Tibetan Youth Congress lies on the edge of the forest
between two refugee camps with approximately 3000 people. Since its
opening in 1995, the clinic sees between 30 to 50 patients daily, for
medical controls or nursing help. It is a first aid post with the possibility
of seriously ill patients spending nights under observation by the staff.
The clinic almost works exclusively with volunteers who keep the clinic
running. Several times a week a consulting Indian doctor visits the
clinic. The regional public hospital is 15 kilometers away in Kushalnagar.
Transportation there costs a day's wages, and during the rain season
it is impossible. The private clinics are not affordable. The treatment
is free for the poorest and also available for the local Indian people.
Everyone pays for treatment according to their means from the annual
market and from selling Tibetan carpets; the Tibetans try to cover the
costs themselves. The villagers take care of the maintenance of the
PROJECT TSOG INDIA (PRAYER SERVICES)
is great interest here in the Netherlands in organising prayer services
in the monastery for general well being and more specifically, for the
well being of the sick, or the donator wants to emphasize a personal
accent in his or her belief.
PROJECT MAINTAINING THE MONASTERY GOSOK LADANG INDIA.
Over the last decade, the number of monks who live in Gosok Ladang has increased threefold to 120. Although the previous buildings were built in the beginning of the nineties, the influx of new monks brought enormous problems with them. Apart from the desire that the older monks had to share the room during the yearlong retreats with only one younger monk, these monks were asked for practical reasons to share with three to five other monks. They had no toilet or washing facilities. Due to the shortage of money the materials that were chosen were unsuitable for the tropical climate. Half of the rooms had leaks. Some of the rooms were uninhabitable. Over those years, regular bouts of Tuberculosis sprang up and regularly monks would fall ill or needed treatment in the hospital with serious stomach and intestinal problems. Several monks died. Since those times several large donations have been received from Taiwan (after death the parents do not wish to burden the children, therefore, they give donations to religious organisations) and the monks were able to construct new houses with a foundation strong enough to enhance future new streams of refugees. In the Ladang the monks are more conscious of maintenance. In this area the foundation is primarily active. Still it is very impressive to see, that with the money for a “weekend break”, in two weeks a complete floor with five rooms can be constructed. Besides this is the possibility of donating the money for one specific area; the library, statues, bedding or things needed for the kitchen.
the Ladang the foundation has determined to transform the
larger donations in clearly described projects. Since 2004
we started to transform the larger donations in clearly described
projects, which are monitored throughout the year by our intermediary
Tsering Choephel/Jampa Kalsang and a working committee of
three annually rotating monks. Examples are the construction
of water tanks, garden and the maintenance of it and artefacts
for rituals. So far we paid for the legal and official
connection on the electricity network.
PROJECT SCHOOL INDIA.
At present it is possible to donate money for the Primary School in Ghulladahalli.
School in Ghulladahalli is a school where children from Bylakuppe-camp
5 & 6 (class 4-5-6-7) get basic teaching. The school lies at
the edge of the forest, in between the two camps where the Indian
Ghulladahalli lie. Among the refugees they also have some Indian
children in this school (several children have a sponsor by our
foundation). A number of the parents work in the village in the
Namgyal clinic, the hospital that we sponsor as well.
At this moment there
is a discussion to look for the possibilities to broaden the relationship
and start a co-operation between the Ghulladahalli School and schools
in the Netherlands, with a mind of offering a more structural support
in one way or another. When this takes form, we will work out the details.
If you have further questions, or require more information, please write/call/email to Chenrezig Foundation Netherlands, we will contact you.
PROJECT FOOD, CLOTHING AND HEALTHCARE
From 2005 onwards the numbers of monks who live in Phuntsok Chokyiling have increased from 5 to 170. The main building of the monastery was erected in 2002 by several Taiwanese organizations but remained empty for the first few years. Finally the decision was made, to focus on the nurturing and education of children: local India as well as Tibetan refugee born in and around the refugee camps in the east of India. These Tibetans were after fleeing Tibet resettled in camps all over India. But in east India many were settled in the middle of ongoing fights between local population and regional Indian governmental organizations. As a result of that most parents were not able to feed their own children or offer them any kind of education. So from 2005 onwards several groups of children were accepted to the monastery for schooling and nurturing. This was only distorted by the fact that again these children came in the middle of a conflict, this time the fighting between te Maoist and the Nepalese army. This fighting was in the direct vicinity of the Monastery. The last years the situation became more stable although the Nepalese Monarchy collapsed and the total economic infrastructure of Nepal as result of that inflation went up and the Nepalese Rupees collapsed. Food became in 3 year 5 times more expensive.
So there is a shortage of everything except of good mood. The foundation had small projects concerning food: introduction of vegetable, or to increase meat consumption by 5 grams a child a week, to one glass milk a day and occasionally a piece of fruit (and in 26th of June 2008 for the first time ever an Ice-cream). But also health care: introduction of washing soap during daily washing, spare bed cloth, but also general preventive consultation of an eye clinic for tropical diseased and of course the everyday bill for hospital and medical examinations (appendix, abscess drainage, chicken pocks, scabies (rather often), diarrhea, broken legs and brushes as result of bumping against a wall or another monk or simply missing the stair. This all just happens with 164 children between 4 years and 15 years. But we had also small projects to buy study books in: English, grammar, Tibetan, Dharma, mathematics and geography. And of course as the monastery came flooded with the tranquility of 164 small monks the increase in “toilet paper” and kitchen utilities also demanded some attention.In Phuntsok Chokyiling the foundation has transformed since 2005 the larger donations in clearly described projects. Which are monitored throughout the year by our intermediary Tsering Choephel and since 2008 a working committee of annually rotating monks. During the annual visit of the foundation co-worker we have insight in this administration. At present we are still looking for a donator starting with one notebook (7 cent) to ….
WHAT HAPPENS TO THE MONEY IF YOU WANT TO BECOME A DONATOR AND HOW DOES IT WORK WITH A DONATION?
With the exception of Tsog, the money is brought to India and Nepal once a year and the distribution is looked after. We work on site with two intermediaries; Tsering Choephel/Jampa Kalsang representative for Gosok Ladang in the monastery and Phuntsok Chokyiling and Tenzin Yankey is for the projects in the Bylakuppe/Ghulladahalli. If you make a donation, you will be informed when the money will be delivered; this is mostly around the Tibetan New Year (February) and a receipt from India will be received. 95% of your donation will go to the project and 5% is needed to cover the administration fee. Should you donate 1,000 euro or more, the administration fee will be agreed on up front. If donations are smaller than 15 euro, as this is only enough money for one stamp, people will receive only one notice after the money is delivered.
If you are interested in supporting one of our projects, you can write/call/email us; we will contact you. If you have any further questions, or require more information, please write/call/email, Chenrezig Foundation Netherlands, we will contact you. You can also, should you have no questions and do not wish further contact, make your donation direct to the foundation bank number – naming the project you wish to sponsor. You will receive no further correspondence from us. We are happy with every form of support, however small, as throughout the years we have clearly seen that small amounts can have great consequences.
Should you wish
to remain informed on an ongoing basis, then you can become a donor
of the Chenrezig Foundation The Nederlands, for the minimal amount of 10
euro per year. You will receive a newsletter (only in Dutch) 3 times
a year by mail. Should you wish to sponsor a project by more than 250
euro, you will automatically receive a newsletter (only in Dutch) throughout
that calendar year .