SIKKIM-PROJECT
Sponsorship project and construction monastery monks for children

Sikkim

In the monastery of Shurishing Yungdrung Kundrakling live 35 children. Most of these children are aged between 6 and 18. All children are from the Himalayan region and are orphaned, have only one parent or are from a disadvantaged background. The children were brought to the monastery to have a home. Some of the children have no relatives left and are completely dependent on Khenpo Yongten Gyatso. Khenpo Yongten Gyatso is from Tibet/Kham and is the spirituel leader of this Bon monastery in South Sikkim. His everyday life is dominated by the financial worry of how to cover the expenses of the children. The burden becomes even greater when there are medical emergencies.
In addition to his carer responsibilities he has been given the project of building a second monastery in West Sikkim. In that area live about 80 Bonpos families who have no access to spiritual support. Also there are many children who are in need of a home in a monastery of their religion.

In the monastery of Shurishing Yungdrung Kundrakling also live two older monks. One is named Tenpa Tenxin. He is the teacher and educates the children in Tibetan language, reading and writing. Additional subjects are taught by a teacher from the village. The head monks name is Geshe Nima Senge and he is from Nepal. He has been living in this monastery for 20 years.

II lived in the Shurishing Yungdrung Kundrakling monastery for a month in spring 2012. As soon as I stepped into the monastery I felt at home. While I was at the monastery I spent my days treating infected wounds, sprains, colds etc. In this time I became very fond of the monks and will go back to Sikkim to help as soon as possible.
It was important to me to see that the children were treated well. The children have a very loving relationship with Khenpo Yongten Gyatso Rinpoche. He treats them as they were his own.

There is a shortage of many basic things. Some children did not even have warm socks. Through donations from Switzerland I was able to buy basics in the village, which is a few kilometres away from the monastery. The clothes and toys I brought with me from Switzerland were accepted with great joy. Their eyes lit up when the two footballs and the pennant from the Central Switzerland Football club were discovered. They were put in action straight away.
Due to the weight restrictions of the airline I was only able to take 23kg – which is not a lot – and being over that 23kg becomes very expensive.

We are looking for people who want to become a Sponsor to one of the children through a monthly payment. We also appreciate any one-off donations.

Further we are looking for donations to build the monastery in West Sikkim where there will be an integrated children’s home. The land for the monastery was kindly provided by the Bon population.

Donations can be made to:

OBWALDNER KANTONALBANK OKB : Heidy Müller, IBAN – NUMMER : CH66 0078 0000 1167 4312 5

Of course, I am available for further questions!

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