In the poorest Tibetan settlements, villagers survive by subsistence farming of rice, corn and potatoes on the steep mountain slopes. Poor growing conditions and lack of necessary tools and supplies limit crops. The remote location makes acquiring other foods difficult. Inadequate nutrition, primitive sanitation, and harsh climate make villagers more vulnerable to illnesses which they typically cannot afford to treat.
The Indian Government kindly set up schools in the region, but many children live too far to attend. Those who can often walk miles through the mountains, arriving late to school. Many schools cannot provide lunch, so children must go home. A second trip back to school after lunch is often impractical, so many don't make it through a full day's curriculum let alone several years. Even if the children do finish their initial schooling, it is rare that parents can afford further education. Most children remain at home and search for manual labor jobs in their teen years. Many villagers are currently looking for sponsors to send their children to higher education.
Most villages have schools, simply provisioned community centers and senior homes. They are vital support for an austere lifestyle where young and old alike are unable to afford new bedding for many years and most children, for lack of playground facilities, simply play in the dirt. However, without maintenance funds, these facilities quickly fall into disrepair.
While basic clinics are often available, there is little money for stocking essential medicines and supplies, or hiring experienced staff. Frequently villagers must forego treatment because medical aid in the village is insufficient and transportation to the city is too expensive. As a result, many seniors die without receiving proper medical treatment.
Since Gyuto Foundation, Inc. has set up the Gyuto Charity Project, we have been receiving more and more requests from different regions of India in aiding the effort to provide for children's education and healthcare. Ven. Donyo works directly with the Education Department of the exiled Tibetan government to help young Tibetan students who cannot afford the costs of higher education. Your contribution will change the lives of many people who have very few opportunities. Please join us in providing life's most basic needs to those who have so little. Gyuto Center is very grateful for those members and friends who have already so generously taken the time to make donations in an effort to change these people's lives. Please use the "Donate" button in the right-hand panel ("Charity Donations") to make a secure online donation for the Gyuto Charity Project.
General donation for the Charity Project go to:
• Basic first-aid and medical supplies, doctor and nurse fees, essential medicines, food staples, clean water projects, etc.;
• Children's education and health, school supplies, lunches, and transportation.
A full year scholarship for a college student: $1,440 per year and each student need help for 3 years.
• A village child for boarding school: $720 per year.
• A day student: $360 per year.
Many thanks for your support -- and don't forget to forward this to anyone who you think might want to help the Himalayan Tibetan children!
Your generous contributions allow us to continue serving the community. Thank you.
All donations are tax-deductible.