What we are doing now
Currently, we are supporting 26 children in different schools from day school to college - in different parts of India. All of them need the outside world's help to be able to continue their education.
Ven. Thupten Donyo began The Delek Children Foundation, after receiving more and more requests from different regions of India to aid in the effort to provide for help for students who were in need of continuing their education, but who had no source of funding to do so. Ven. Donyo works directly with the Education Department of the Exiled Tibetan Government and Villagers to help young Tibetan, Nepalese, Indians and Bhutanese students with the only possibility of them continuing to higher education.
In the Northeastern 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.
We are improving day meals for the school adding a egg per week for 360 students will cost $50 per day for the 6 days a week they attend school. We would like to add more eggs for the children but we'll need more donations in order to add more eggs per week. Please help us to improve their daily meals so they can attend school. In addition to offering higher education we would also like to provide essential health care to these Himalayan children
The Indian Government has kindly set up schools in these regions, but many children live too far from these schools 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 cannot make it through a full day's curriculum let alone continue this arduous experience for several years. Even if the children do finish their initial schooling (which is to the equivalent of the 8th grade), it is rare that parents can afford further education. Most children remain at home and search for manual labor jobs in their teenage years. Many villagers are currently looking for sponsors to enable their children to continue their education and attend college.
Most villages have schools, simply provisioned community centers and senior homes. They are a 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 with improvised toys of sticks and stones in the dirt. Without maintenance funds even these minimal 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 needlessly die without receiving proper medical treatment.