* GENERAL

* PROJECT NAMGYAL CLINIC INDIA

* PROJECT TSOG (PRAYER SERVICES) INDIA

* PROJECT GOSOK LADANG INDIA

* PROJECT SCHOOL INDIA

* PROJECT FOOD, CLOTHING AND HEALTHCARE
PHUNTSOK CHOKYILING NEPAL

* HOW DOES IT WORK?

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GENERAL

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.
Throughout the year on some projects, they are required to explain on what the money is spent on and give an evaluation on the work carried out to date.

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.

For projects, 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.

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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 buildings themselves.
The foundation is the only foreign organisation that supports these villages and has started several projects over the past few years; training volunteers with emphasis on hygiene and how to treat wounds. Preventive health information in the camps is financed alongside medicine and bandages for people who are unable to afford them. We have been approached by one of the clinic's medics who let us known that since we started our work significantly fewer children have been treated in the Clinic for diarrhoea or dehydration.
Since 2004 we started to transform the larger donations into clearly defined projects, which are monitored throughout the year by our intermediary Tenzin Rabten. Examples are the building of a septic tank and toilet in the Clinic. Once a year Tenzin Yankey writes a financial summary in which the sponsors can read how the money was spent. Annually a co-worker of the foundation will visit the projects.

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PROJECT TSOG INDIA (PRAYER SERVICES)

 

Apparently there 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.
When we run short on time, we use the interpretor in Paris to help with the arrangements for the prayer service. Depending on the request, the Tsog can be held in the Ladang (120 monks) or the colleges: SeraMey (3000 monks) or Sera Ladji (7500 monks). Depending on the request and how much an individual can and is willing to offer the costs will greatly vary. Should you really want to hold a prayer service, then a personal dialogue will always take place in order to arrange all the personal details and wishes. For monks this is, through religious and spiritual work, one of the most important ways of showing their appreciation to us.

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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.

Also in 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.
Once a year the working committee has to give a financial summary within the Ladang under supervision of Tsering Choephel/Jampa Kalsang to all the monks. During the annual visit of the foundation co-worker we have insight in this administration. At present we are looking for a donator to paint all the buildings. For the future we are planning a study of the attainability of solar cells.

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PROJECT SCHOOL INDIA.

 

At present it is possible to donate money for the Primary School in Ghulladahalli.

The Primary 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.
In this School, the children learn normal subjects and specific subjects such as: Tibetan language, traditional dance, Buddhism and their own history. The parents are greatly involved in the school, which is the centre point of the community. It is therefore self-evident that the parents give their contribution with enthusiasm, in the form of maintenance and cleaning the building. Although the support of the school did not start before 2004 we already completed a project of a new school uniform for all the children. We were also able to donate several traditional Tibetan instruments, offering the children to learn Tibetan music, dance and drama. At present we are financing the pavement of the schoolyard, to make it possible that during the rain season the children can play outside and the construction of a water tank next to the school's kitchen. For the future we are looking for a donator for traditional Tibetan dance costumes.

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.

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PROJECT FOOD, CLOTHING AND HEALTHCARE
PHUNTSOK CHOKYILING NEPAL

 

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 ….

 


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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 .
If you have further questions, or require more information, please write/call/email Chenrezig Foundation The Netherlands, we will contact you.

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