SIMPLE GIFTS SOCIETY Fall 2013 Report
Tibetan Children’s Village (TCV) schools
Simple Gifts is paying partial scholarships for two students. They are both in grade 9; Tashi Phuntsok is attending TCV Chaundra and Tenzin Kunchok is in TCV Dharamsala. They have each written us letters, telling us of their interests, aspirations and activities along with their report card. They have expressed their gratitude for the help with their studies. TCV has also expressed its gratitude for the support from Simple Gifts in helping them provide education for Tibetan children. “We have so many high school children who don’t have sponsor and getting even one or partial sponsor makes our day. And when one child gets a sponsor their level confidence goes up as they can now relate their happiness and joy to the sponsor like their own parents and siblings.”
In this very remote and impoverished area of northern India live many Tibetans. In the past Simple Gifts has sent money to the families of two children so they could attend school at a local Tibetan Buddhist monastery. Rigsel has now entered a monastery in southern India. Pema has just entered the Geden Choeling Nunnery in McLeod Ganj.
Simple Gifts was also supporting a high school student Wangmo Tenzin. She has now entered a college in Simla (northern India) and would like to become a teacher. We have committed to assisting her with her college fees and room and board until she graduates.
Geden Choeling Nunnery
Ani Wangmo and the newly arrived Ani Pema will be receiving ‘pocket’ money from Simple Gifts. The nuns basic food and shelter is provided by the nunnery, however, any other things like tea, powdered milk, sugar, socks, pencils are purchased by the nuns, if they have the money. We are grateful that because we have spent many months in McLeod Ganj and India, we know an appropriate amount of money to give the nuns to supply these small extras.
Lhakpa Chundak continues to be our communication link with the nuns. She is a teacher at a local Tibetan school and has internet access. Simple Gifts will be sending her a gift for her invaluable services and time.
The last time we were in McLeod Ganj Simple Gifts purchased a kilo of hand crafted glass beads made by a Tibetan Women’s Co-op. We sold all the beads to two bead stores and various people on Vancouver Island.
Sweaters & Cameras
About 20 sweaters were knitted and given to me, along with 2 disposable cameras, to send to McLeod Ganj. The shipping was very expensive, so we will not be able to do this again. The sweaters were distributed in the area and the cameras, which were mailed back to us, have not been received.
We were generously given five LED crank flashlights for the children attending school in Spitti Valley.