Long distance adoptions
The aid collected in 2015 has reached almost 2,000 children belonging to the families living in the Dakshu district.
Elderly people living alone, with no means of support, also received help.
The sponsored children were identified and photographed, but as usual the aid was divided equally among all the families of each village. This is to avoid causing problems within these small communities.
The letters from sponsors were distributed and translated by local volunteers.
The distribution in schools
In the village school of Nye, the largest in the district, the distribution of aid took place in December 2015, in the presence of the local authorities. Essential school supplies were distributed for the entire school year: backpacks, school uniforms, hats, notebooks, books, pens, pencils, erasers and sharpeners.
One by one each class of all the district schools were called, and every child was able to collect their little treasures: a day of great joy and celebration for everyone!
When the distribution of school supplies was finished the children returned to their classrooms, many of which have been equipped with new desks this year.
Since the beginning of the sponsorship program, the percentage of village children attending school has grown steadily: after six years of primary school, many have also been able to attend secondary school (from class 7 to class 12) and some students have even managed to attend university!
The employment opportunities in the nearby city of Shigatse have improved in recent years, and many students after graduating from school manage to find a job.
In 2015 help also reached several small monasteries in Tibet, where the precious and ancient spiritual traditions are passed on for the future generations.
Monastic life is extremely simple and basic: the monks get up at 4 in the morning and during the day alternate between prayer and carrying out essential tasks for the community.
The aid received is equally distributed in the monasteries: it is intended to cover the basic needs of the monks, to the maintenance of the buildings subjected to the extreme climate of the Tibetan plateau, the purchase of books and study texts.
Often the monasteries also welcome elderly people, who are alone and with no means of support. In the monastery they find a family and important basic necessities.