Lying down shouldn’t be painful. But unfortunately, the cow barn floor at Dolma Ling Nunnery is damaged and broken and is now causing pain and injury to the cows.
The Dolma Ling nuns have been keeping cows for the past 20 years. At present, the nuns have five milking cows, as well as five young females and two retired cows.
The cows are an important part of the nunnery’s income-generating efforts. The small herd provides milk for the nunnery kitchen which feeds over 250 nuns and staff each day, as well as some extra milk that can be sold for income for the nunnery. In addition, the manure from the cows is excellent for the nunnery’s flourishing vegetable and flower gardens.
The safety and hygienic accommodation of the cows is the greatest priority for the nuns. Thanks to our global family of supporters, the cows now have well-designed cow sheds with inbuilt feeders and good drainage, along with sufficient outdoor covered space so that the cows don’t get wet during the long rainy season or too hot in summer. (See our report on the completed cow shed project in 2016.)
However, maintenance is always an issue. The floor area of the barn where the cows sleep at night is now very uncomfortable for them. The cows are very heavy and, as they move around in their barn, the floor has become broken and uneven. This creates a huge problem for the cows, making it uncomfortable when they lie down and rest. They get scratches from the sharp broken areas of the floor. Moreover, the uneven surface is difficult to clean properly.
It is therefore essential that we repair the floor of the barn and provide a strong surface for the cows to rest and sleep on. Our wish is to refurbish the floor with dressed, well-fitting stone that will be stronger and much more durable than either the river stones or concrete that have been used over the past two decades. The new floor will also be easy to clean and safe so that the cows don’t slip.
We need your help to put a new floor in cow barn at Dolma Ling Nunnery.
To help you can:
- Make a gift online – see below.
- Call our office in Seattle, US at 1-206-652-8901 (Monday-Friday, 8-4)
- Mail a check to:
The Tibetan Nuns Project
(for cow barn floor)
815 Seattle Boulevard South #216
Seattle, WA 98134 USA