|Education of Children and Youth
Remote Himalayan communities have limited educational opportunities for children. Often parents are very poor, teachers (especially good ones) are hard to get or keep, and local cultural traditions are rarely if ever taught. Even when children leave their remote communities to pursue a modern education on the plains they most often become disconnected entirely from their own people sometimes not even returning home again.
It is crucial for the future of these peoples that children are educated in a manner that prepares them for the modern world without losing their ancient wisdom, values, traditional culture and local language (written and verbal).
In 2009 Khachodling began the Children’s Education Project which funds the education of poor children from remote areas into schools that offer a modern education. Presently all children are attending local Manali schools and Khandro-la has kindly set up a dharma school on Sunday afternoons at her home, Drukpa Gompa, so they can also receive education in their own cultural and spiritual heritage. The parents are very happy that their children will receive the benefit of such an education and the smiling, happy faces of the children in the Project are a great source of joy for their families, the community and Khachodling.
There are currently eight children from nursery to Grade 3, in this Project. Many come from very poor communities where the parents are road workers or sell trinkets. Their home village is in Parda, Jammu and Kashmir State. Each year we aim to increase the number of children being supported. In 2011 the project will also open to children from the Pangi area, Himachaal Pradesh.
“Friend of the Children’s Education Project”
$1 per day will educate one child
It costs approximately $1 per day per child to cover school fees, uniforms, books and dharma school costs. Khachodling has established a general Children’s Education Project fund account into which all donations are evenly distributed on behalf of all the children. However, if you wish to commit to supporting a single child (or children), you can receive a photo and news of their progress.
For more information please contact Khachodling’s Children’s Project Coordinator, Deborah Sheehy Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 61-(0)3-95056274
Please click here to see photos of children and youth currently in this project