Himalayan Healing Centre Clinic
According to the latest data from the Himalayan Healing Centre Clinic – during the ten-month period of Jan to Oct 2004 – it provided care for 11,656 people and participated in numerous training, preventative and awareness activities.
As well as providing the Clinic with medicines to distribute freely among the poorest patients, financially supporting staff and organising volunteer doctors, this year the Association also provided the Clinic with new laboratory equipment to replace much used and broken equipment such as the “colour eye” biochemical analysis machine.
Thanks to a Volunteer
Thanks to a volunteer doctor and dentist who offered their services to the association during the February/March period a vast majority of our sponsored children had a both a medical and dental check-up. Dr Bruno, dentist, also very kindly visited some of the schools that our children attend and gave lessons in oral hygiene. All the children who participated in these lessons were provided with a toothbrush and toothpaste. Dt.ssa Bruno, paediatrician, reported that the state of health of the children attending Gangchen Samling School was generally better than the health of children from other schools. The school, situated nearby the Himalayan Healing Centre Clinic, has regularly arranged check-ups for all students and this is definitely paying off as any health problems are diagnosed and dealt with at a much earlier stage. Both doctors commented on the enthusiasm, curiosity and willingness to learn of all the children.
Gangchen Samling School
For the new academic session 2005/6 the school counts 425 students and has expanded, so that it now includes class 8. Thanks to a generous donation by a German sponsor the Association has been able to fund the employment of a more qualified and experienced teacher for this class as well as an English language teacher, who will both help to guide the newer and less qualified teachers and improve the overall standard of the school.
This year an after school study period will also be made available to children completing higher classes. Many of these children experience difficulties in completing the homework set by teachers. Most parents are illiterate and so are unable to check that homework is completed and have no way of helping children who may need a little support to complete their homework. The after school class with make available teachers to help with homework and nutritious snacks for the children who have been in school all day.
Every morning the students of the school gather around its gates waiting for the sound of the bell that marks the beginning of their day. Before classes start all the children and teachers participate in the school assembly, held in the playground during good weather. In orderly lines, the children start the day with a few exercises to take care of their outer body and then recite the school prayer to care of their inner body.
This prayer, taught by Lama Gangchen, helps to develop the important inner qualities of limitless love, limitless compassion, limitless joy, limitless equanimity, limitless health, limitless ecological regeneration and limitless peace. It is a method to help the children to develop a peaceful and positive motivation for the day ahead.
May all beings have happiness and its causes.
May all beings be free from suffering and its causes.
May all beings never be separated from the great happiness that is beyond all misery.
May all beings dwell in equanimity, unaffected by attraction to dear ones and aversion to others.
May all beings recover from the sicknesses of mind and body pollution and enjoy relative and absolute health now and forever.
May all beings relax in a pure and healthy outer and inner environment now and forever
May all beings enjoy inner and world peace now and forever.
In January pupils of the school won a gold medal in an interschool taekwondo competition organised by Baba Boarding School.
In the same month local artists were called into the nursery building of the school to paint educational pictures on the wall. The beautifully coloured paintings are visual aids for counting, learning the alphabet and parts of the body. The pictures also display fruits, local animals and warn the children against the dangers of playing on the stairs and crossing the road.
In February the school received a private donation of 5 computers. These computers will permit the elder children to receive computer lessons and enter into the increasingly important world of informatica.
Also in February, the children of the school performed a cultural programme on the day celebrating the traditional Long Life Ceremony of Lama Gangchen. Present for the programme, along with Lama Gangchen, were a number of western disciples, monks and people from the local Tibetan community who had participated in the ceremony as well as the friends and family of the local children. The photos here were taken during a rehersal.
In April all the children of the school spent one week sitting their end of year exams.
The end of April saw both parents and pupils alike queuing to make admissions for the new school year, collect uniforms, books and so on.
New playground equipment arrived from India and was mounted in the school playground.