School Bus

School Bus for Dorjee Zong Nunnery

This is an urgent project. The young nuns at this remote nunnery need a school bus so they can continue their education past Grade 5. Without the school bus, they can’t make the 12-mile round-trip journey to the government school and their education will stop.

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.

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.

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.

Dorjee Zong Nunnery in Zanskar photo by Olivier Adam

The young nuns at Dorjee Zong Nunnery need a school bus to make the 12-mile round trip journey to the local school to continue their education past Grade 5. Photo of Dorjee Zong Nunnery courtesy of Olivier Adam

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.

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To help you can:

  1. Make a gift online at tnp.org
  2. Call our office in Seattle, US at 1-206-652-8901
  3. Mail a check to: The Tibetan Nuns Project (for school bus)
    815 Seattle Boulevard South #216, Seattle, WA 98134 USA
  4. Give a gift of securities
  5. Leave a gift in your will to the Tibetan Nuns Project

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Young nuns at Dorjee Zong Nunnery, Zanskar nunnery,

Young nuns at Dorjee Zong Nunnery. Photo by Venerable Delek Yangdron