What we are doing now
Currently, we are supporting 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 in partnership with the Education Department of the Exiled Tibetan Government and Villagers to help young Tibetan, Nepalese, Indians and Bhutanese students directly.
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.
At a school in Tenzin Gang settlement in remote are of India,we provided better day meals by adding a egg per week for 360 students that cost $50 per day for the 6 days a week they attend school. We would like t o continue and is looking for sponsors to better meals for the children. 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. In June 2017, we provided new furniture for a school in Miao Tibetan settlement in North East India. In 2016, we sponsored water pumps in Tezu settlements and provided donation to improve the settlement office.
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. We have provided donations to patients who couldn't afford to pay their medical bills in different parts of India. The girl in the photo is Phurbu Dolma and she is a registered Nurse who is working in the Tenzingang settlement in remote India. She is one of our scholarship recipient who is now serving the community where she was born.