School Bus for Dorjee Zong Nunnery
This is an urgent project. We’d love to be able to fund and purchase the bus during the summer of 2019 so that the nuns can get to school and not miss out on a year of education.
Dorjee Zong Nunnery is in the remote and rugged region of Zanskar in northern India. Founded in the 14th century, it has a long tradition and has a history of nuns reaching high levels of realization.
The nunnery needs a school bus to transport young nuns to further their education at the Central Government School 10 km (6 miles) away. The nuns will study as day students, returning to the nunnery after classes.
When they joined Dorjee Zong at ages 6 or 7, the girls began primary school at the nunnery. There they can study from Class 1 to Class 5, but the nunnery is unable to provide higher studies. At the government school, the girls can study up to Class 10, but only if they can make the 12-mile round-trip journey each day. So far there are 9 girls ages 13-15 who have completed Class 5 and who need the school bus so that they can continue their education. The nunnery needs a minibus (which could at least seat around 20 students) because there are nuns who will go on to attend this school.
Girls from the Himalayan regions of India traditionally have had little access to education. Nunneries like Dorjee Zong provide them with opportunity. This school bus and education is the key to empowerment. Once these nuns are old enough to decide for themselves, they can choose to take nuns vows and begin their monastic education.
Our wish is to purchase the bus from Leh, Ladakh and get it to the nunnery before the end of September 2019 and the arrival of the winter weather and snow. If we can’t get the bus there this summer, we will have to wait until the summer of 2020 and the nuns will miss the chance to go to school.
Jeep for Tibetan Nuns Project Office in India
The office of the Tibetan Nuns Project is located at the end of a narrow, hilly road about 5 miles from the main center of Dharamsala, home of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
We need a new vehicle so that the staff can perform essential functions like transporting visitors, attending religious and government meetings, administration and banking.
Help support the school bus and jeep fund!
To help you can:
- Make a gift online at tnp.org
- Call our office in Seattle, US at 1-206-652-8901
- Mail a check to: The Tibetan Nuns Project (for school bus and jeep)
815 Seattle Boulevard South #216, Seattle, WA 98134 USA
- Give a gift of securities
- Leave a gift in your will to the Tibetan Nuns Project