The Shedra is taking shape on the outside, but there is still much work still to do on the inside.
As the rooms of the Shedra take form, it is now time to focus on providing supplies and materials to furnish and equip them.
Children are the future of Tibet. They need an education that includes their language and cultural heritage and prepares them for the modern world. The Kilung Community School will provide them with the education they need.
For the Kilung Children’s School, a partial list of what is needed includes:
Tables and Seating
Computers/ Technical Equipment
Salaries/training/supplies for teachers
Donations are needed to furnish and equip the kitchen and dining hall.
This is Sonam Yonten, now in his early 30s.
Sonam’s parents died when he was a young boy. He joined Kilung Shedra when the first Shedra program started and became a monk. Sonam studied very hard, completed his training and later became a teacher for Kilung Children’s School, before the fire destroyed the Shedra.
After the fire, he and the Shedra and Children’s School students have been waiting for the Shedra to be rebuilt so that they can return to study. In the meantime, he is teaching adults in his community how to read and write.
This little girl was famous for her “Big Belly” in the community. She was once starving near death, but no one was aware of it.
Her family caught Tuberculosis two years ago, after they gave up their nomad life and moved to town to send their oldest girl to school. During the TB treatment, her mom became pregnant. She decided to stop the medication and save the baby. After the baby was born, she was sent to live with her grandparents, to avoid getting TB transmitted to her. From day 1, she was fed by yak milk.
This video details the history of the shedra, its destruction by fire in 2016, and the current rebuilding of a modern shedra that will serve the educational, community, and spiritual needs of Dzachuka nomad children and monastics.
Funds are still needed for the construction planned in 2019! Donate HERE.
There will be ceremonies and prayers to start the construction and to commemorate the day. Many high lamas from across the Dzachuka region will be invited to the festivities and will attend the groundbreaking.
If you want to join in this celebration, at Yeshe Long, Dza Kilung Rinpoche’s seat in the West, click HERE.
This video shares with you the important humanitarian work of the Kilung Foundation in Dzachuka, East Tibet.
Note: This campaign to raise funds for the Gonpo Tsering Community Center was successful, but more funds are needed and the campaign is ongoing. Construction has begun! Click HERE.
As many of you know, Lama Gonpo Tsering, a very great and dear man, died on February 27. During this time of grieving—felt by his family, the community in Dzachuka, and our extended friends around the world—we have been considering how to honor him and keep his memory and inspiration alive for generations to come.
Nearing the end of his life, while in a hospital in China,
The Kilung Foundation fundraised and sent money to help those in Nepal who suffered from the devastating earthquake on April 25, 2015, and the aftershocks. Over $3000 was sent to Karuna-Shechen and their earthquake relief efforts to help people to rebuild their lives and homes. Our appreciation to the generous donors….