Again this year aid from the Association has reached more than 20 villages in the district of Dakshu Shang, in central Tibet, where approximately 4,500 people live.
In this area life is very hard, the general conditions made even worse by the harsh weather: it is a high altitude desert, arid, rocky and icy cold during the winter months. The poor harvests, which are limited to the valley floor, and some livestock for the fortunate families, are the only resources available to the people living there.
The aid distributed by the Association has benefits for both the children and their families. Each household (even those composed for example of an elderly person living alone) has received, based on the number of family members in the registers of the Local Government, a stock of rice and barley flour to supplement the particularly poor harvest this year caused by the lack of rain.
For all the children – adopted or not – every family has received along with money: shoes, jackets, sweaters, thick trousers, woollen leggings and so on. The aid is always divided equally between the children of all the families in such a way as not to create added suffering for those inhabitants of these small villages who do not yet have a sponsor.
All the adopted children were identified and photographed one by one: for them this is always a moment of great joy – to hear their name called out is proof of the important and constant presence of affection from so far away.
All the children not yet adopted were also photographed, bringing a smile to their faces and giving them hope for a future meeting with a “Jindala”, the Tibetan word for “benefactor”.
CHILDREN WAITING FOR ADOPTION
The children not yet adopted wait patiently in line to be photographed one by one; the teachers of the school help us by writing their names and information on the board.
The children are so happy to feel included and to know that they still have hope for a better future. They all want so much to have a “Jindala”, which is the Tibetan word for benefactor.
SCHOOLS IN TIBET
The distribution of materials for the new academic year took place in the village school of Nye. School supplies for a full year were given to all 700 children who attend the various schools in the district, they received: notebooks, pencils, coloured pencils, pens, ink, backpacks, hats, new uniforms and so on.
The elementary school in Nye, which has classes from the first to sixth grade, is home to about 500 children who come from the surrounding villages and is the largest school in the district. There are two other smaller schools in the area that only teach from the first to the third grade.
Many children have to board in Nye School, since their villages are too far away to travel daily. They are housed in rooms with eight beds and receive three meals a day. The refectory was expanded to accommodate the increasing number of children, and the kitchen has been renovated to make it more functional and hygienic. The kitchen has also been stocked with new pots, dishes and utensils.