In 2019, Delek Children's Foundation distributed backpacks, jackets, and shoes to 330 students in Nepal. We also started sponsoring an English teacher for Shree Dorpu School from last year. We were also able to provide new toilets for the school. We also have been able to continue providing scholarships to undergraduate students studying in various colleges in India. This is made possible by our kind donors and supporters. Because of the generosity of our donors, the Delek Children’s Foundation was able to benefit many deserving children and families.
During his visit last year, Ven. Donyo also sponsored Shree Dorpu School some outdoor play equipment for the empty courtyard. Although the Solukhumbu is the area where many Tibetans immigrated in the late 1950s, few Tibetans currently live there since most have migrated to cities where there is more opportunity. Ven. Donyo is grateful for the start, Shree Dorpu School gave him and is pleased to repay the kindness he received from Nepal when he was a child. We are pleased with the success of the Foundation’s charity work during the past few years. We’ve helped many students to attend school, and we’re helping with direct aid to families with abandoned and/or disabled children. Helping Himalayan children, irrespective of their nationality, is resulting in real progress for the students and their families.
In 2020, the Delek Children’s Foundation has a number of ongoing projects. We continue our support of forty primary school, twelve high school, and twenty college students with scholarships. We continue to sponsor the English teacher at Shree Dorpu School. Based on requests from schools in Solukhumbu, we continue to donate educational supplies. We also provide financial support for families who face medical emergencies and long term care.
After visiting remote areas of Nepal in 2019, Ven. Donyo and the team members realized that many Himalayan children lacked basic footwear. Most of them wore flip flops or plastic sandals; many were barefoot. Many children had blisters, bruises, and cuts on their feet. The need for more shoes was apparent. During the Nepal trip, a man from Dolpo Village asked Ven. Donyo to visit and help in any way possible since the children are too poor to attend school. As a result, Ven. Donyo plans to buy 1000 pairs of shoes for his trip to Nepal in September this year when he will visit Dolpo and Mustang, remote areas close to the Tibetan border. Each new pair of shoes in Nepal costs about $7.00, so the Delek Children’s Foundation is raising $7000.00 to fund the project. This direct aid will benefit 1000 children and their families.( Update : due to COVID-19 situation this year, Ven Donyo's trip to Dolpo has been postponed till next year).
Through its contacts in the Himalayas, the Foundation has received requests to fund many other projects. This year, our second project is to supply inverters for a middle school in Tezu, a remote settlement in Arunachal Pradesh, India.
The Foundation’s long term future project is to set up a hostel for Himalayan students enrolled in vocational schools in a major city in India.
Part of our fundraising effort is the annual charity tour. In the past, the Foundation has visited Ladakh, Sikkim, and Dharamsala in India, and Bhutan and Nepal. These tours generate multiple benefits. Participants learn first hand about the culture by making trips to religious sites, national parks, schools, and ancient cities. On the trip, you can make many delightful memories. We hope you decide to join us on our upcoming tour. ( Update: our charity tour to Sri Lanka this year has been canceled till 2021).
On behalf of our scholarship recipients and their families, we would like to thank all the members of the Delek Children’s Foundation who continue to support us.
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