Checking our Aid 2011

 

Nyima Kunga

On behalf of the board of the Gesar Fund Nyima Kunga travelled this month to the Kham and Golok region in Tibet to verify if the Gesar Fund donations were well spend.

 


Update 04-09-2011 (conclusion): Interview Shambhala Times

 

Nyima's trip to Kham in Tibet has not been unnoticed! As well via our Facebook page as via email we received a lot of reactions. The Shambhala Times even requested an interview with Nyima: you can read it via this link: Wonderful Perfect: Interview with Gesar Fund’s Nyima Kunga.

 

Anyone who made a donation after reading our updates, the board of the Gesar Fund thanks you very much!

 

In case you made not a donation yet, please consider to do so. For 5 euros / 7 dollars per week we can send a nomad child to school for a week. We thank you very much!


Update 23-08-2011: Relieving Poverty in Dönda

 

As mentioned in the update of 25-07-2011 Nyima together organised a meeting with the locals in the village of Dönda.

 

The Gesar Fund in this meeting that the Gesar Fund won't just spend money on aid just like that. The locals should investigate how they can develop projects themselves which will improve their life standards. The Gesar Fund can support these projects with micro credits.

 

The problem regarding these projects however was that the poorest often are in poor health or are fysically or mentally handicapped, often are illiterate and thus not have the skills to start a small business.

 

Concluded was that for the best option was to start a 'general store' where all kinds of elementary supplies can be sold. The goods will be cheaper and better in quality than sold by the most of shops in the area.

 

New developments:

1) Last week, the local and nomad families (some 100 families) elected a trusted person as store keeper.

2) Also good news is that the local officials promised to buy their necessities in this Gesar Store.

3) The Gesar Fund will provide money for initial goods. Proofit from the sold goods directly will contribute to the healthcare for the locals, and aleviate general poverty.

 


 Update 15-08-2011: Surmang Monastery school

 

In the past year there have been many developments regarding the Surmang Monastery school. With help of local aid and money provided by the Gesar Fund the building has been completed and furnished. Local women provide the students with two meals per day, for which the Gesar Fund also provides the money.

 

Surmang is located in a very poor area. People live in villages or are nomads. As public schools often are too far away, local childen hardly can have education. For the Surmang School there is a lot of enthousiasm. Originally we banked upon some 100 pupils. Currently we have 175 registered children!

 

The school accepts all children without exception. Lessons mailny are provided by monks who hardly get paid for their work. Children are taught reading and writing in Tibetian, math and buddhism. If a english speaking sangha member passes, english lessons are provided as well. A schoolyear encompasses 10 months, 7 days a week of lessons.

 

The meals are the most expensive: 1 dollar per child per day. Total costs or the meals are around 37.000 euro per year. The Gesar Fund decided to pay 10.000 euro for the coming schoolyear. That seems a lot but it is less than a third.

 

So the Gesar Fund asks you to consider to donate a even a small amount: for only 5 euros you can garantuee a week of meals for a child!!!

 


Update 10-08-2011:

 

Unfortunately no phone connections with Nyima were possible for the last week resulting in that we cannot give a factual update regarding Nyima's work for the Gesar Fund in the region Kham. However, Nyima will return to teh Netherlands one of these days and an update will follow soon!

 

The updates have resulted in an increased amount of gifts for the Gesar Fund, and we thank all donators very much. If you also want to donate - also smaller amounts are welcomed! - please do so on our Donation Page

 


 Update 02-08-2011:

During his last 2010 trip in Tibet Nyima Kunga visited Khanda, a small village nearby Yushu in the center of the 2010 earthquake disaster area. A majority of houses and public buildings were leverled to the ground.

 

The Gesar Fund responded quickly with sending food and blankets to the village.

 

Though rebuilding the houses has started the elementarty school building still not has been rebuilded. The government accordingly has plans to send the children to Yushu for education. However, this is not easy for the very young children.

 

The Khanda population thus would like to see the school rebuilded.

 

The Gesar Fund will greatly appreciate your donation, so that the school can be rebuilded and we can ensure that the population of Khanda has houses to live in before the winter season starts!


Update 25-07-2011:

In the Kham region everybody currently is working on the main neccessaty, building houses before the upcoming winter.

 

This means the Gesar Fund healthcare projects are 'on hold.' However, the Fighting Poverty and the Education Projects are still running.

 


The Poverty Project in Dönda
 

At, 22 juli  Nyima together with the local Gesar Fund organised a meeting with the locals in Dönda.


Allready there was made an inventory of the families who need aid most.

 

The Gesar Fund point of view was shared with the locals in the meeting: the Gesar Fund won't just spend money on aid just like that. The locals should investigate how the can develop projects themselves which will improve their life standards. The Gesar Fund can support these projects with micro credits.

 

The problem however is that the poorest often are in poor health or are fysically handicapped, often are illiterate and thus not have the skills to start a small business.

 

Concluded is that for this category the best option is to start a 'general store' where all kinds of elementary supplies can be sold.  The advantage is that supplies can be bought in bulk amount, and people won't have to travel to cities anymore to buy their supplies. And it generates work of course.

 


Update 18-07-2011

As the april 2011 earthquake took place, the Gesar Fund was able to react very swiftly due to connection with the local people. Money was sent to buy tsampa and blankets.

 

Due to the earthquake the Chines government sent all available docters to the the disaster area, which for the Gesar Fund had the consequence it had to postpone the Fighting TB project.


As soon as we get a post from Myima, we will update this page!


 

 

 

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Checking our Aid

 

Underneath you will find hyperlinks to previous Checking our Aid campaigns.

 

Each campaign consists of some six messages directly received from Kham.

 

   *     Checking our Aid 2016

   *     Checking our Aid 2015

   *     Checking our Aid 2014

   *     Checking our Aid 2013

   *     Checking our Aid 2012

   *     Checking our Aid 2011