sponsorships in Briddhim

                                                        
The VDC (Village Development Committee – a sort of municipality) Briddhim is located in Northern Rasuwa, one of eight counties of the Bagmati Zone in Nepal. The municipality’s largest villages are Briddhim, Lingling, Khangjim and Sherpagaun, all of which at an elevation of approximately 1800 to 2600 metres (5900-8500 feet).
The entire region is characterized by Tibetan Buddhism since up until the mid-1800s a large proportion of it still belonged to Tibet. Some villages, where we are active, such as Mentok Gan, Tarsa und Daal, are mostly populated by Christians nowadays. This is a result of Christian relief organization work. Briddhim, Lingling, Shyafru, Syabrubesi and Timure are mostly Buddhist.
Nepal in numbers: The literacy rate is at only 65% nowadays. Out of a population of about 28.287.200 only slightly more than 3,5 million live in urban areas. The average age is 20 years, life expectancy at 60 years today. The employment situation is disastrous; about 40% of the population are unemployed. 10% of girls are married before the age of 15.
 
 
                           
Map of Rasuwa (Source: Langtang – Langtang National Park, 1:125000, Himalayan MapHouse (P) Ltd.)
 
In this region we aim to support people by means of sponsorships and aid projects. Or on-site staff members and heads of the local NGO Gosainkunda Human Service Welfare Organization, the young Tibetans Tenzin Lhamo and Paljor come from the region originally and after a long stay abroad are residing there again since 2017. Both are fluent English speakers and very much committed to the needy people in the vicinity. A daily exchange with them enables us to be in constant contact to the local people. They provide information and photographs, take charge of the donation delivery and keep an eye on the according usage.
Via Tenzin Lhamo und Paljor sponsors have the opportunity of postal or E-mail-contact: they gladly translate letters and messages as most people in the region do not speak English.
Very few people alltogether are literate in this area. This is exactly why sponsorships are so very important: most families are only able to afford their children’s school attendance through support. The severe earthquake in April of 2015 still affects the region. The villages had been almost completely destroyed, the inhabitants have scarce income. Therefore in order to assist their parents children oftentimes help in the fields or carry out other labor.
In Thuman, one oft he largest villages in the region – it consists of about 400 households and is situated on the mountain slope opposite of Lingling and Pelko- a school leading up to 8 th grade has reopened in 2017, which is currently attended by 130 children. So we receive very few requests from there. However it is a state-controlled school and the standard of teaching is far behind that of Gosainkunda English Boarding School in Syabrubesi.
 
 
    
(Shree Nepal Rastriya Adharbut School in Thuman, Rasuwa)
In the villages Lingling and Tarsa schools have also been reconstructed after the earthquake but lessons are practically impossible. Not only is the Tarsa school (located between Tarsa and Mentok Gan) limited to levels 1-3, there is only one single teacher most of the time, who shows up rather infrequently and then only teaches for a couple of hours. Only Nepali, a little writing and basic math are being taught. Hence many people can’t see the purpose of sending their children to that sort of school and in the end the young ones as main victims are trapped
in a vicious cycle, while so much desiring an education.
 
  
(primary school in Tarsa, only teaches up to 3rd grade)
 
In Lingling a school for the first three grades was built after the earthquake but it never
opened for there are no teachers and too few children.
 
  
(closed primary school in Lingling)
 
With our aid projects and sponsorship program we are helping to break this cycle of poverty and enable the people towards a new perspective and a better future. A sponsorship helps the older people with supplying daily needs: food, clothing and medication. At present we are providing 139 sponsorships in the Briddhim area.
For the children and youths a sponsorship entails the option to receive an education. The first few children who, thanks to sponsorships, were enrolled in 2017, attended Highland Secondary Boarding School in Dhunche. This school is quite far from Briddhim and can only be reached via dangerous paths.
So starting in spring of 2019 children were able to attend another school: Gosainkunda English Boarding School in Syabrubesi, a small village about one hour’s walking distance from Briddhim. It takes approximately 3 hours from Mentok Gan and Tarsa to Syabrubesi.
On account of the high monthly needed fees (enrolment, running costs, uniforms and so on) we also offer shared sponsorships for these children.
Detailed information on both schools can be found below and on the following pages:
 
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These children in the Briddhim area are currently in need of school sponsorship:
 
     Sabin and Salina Ghale 
 
Little Salina (5) lives in Daal along with her brother Sabin (6 years old) and the young parents Kamala (24) and Subha (30). The father used to work in Tibet, however since the lockdown he has no more income. The family had inquired about support with our staff members frequently and finally by last summer Sabin found a sponsorship. Thanks to this he could be enrolled in September of 2021. Due to the increased Nepali school fees starting in May there will be a monthly additional need of 16 Euros in order to cover the full charge. Therefore Sabin is in need of further sponsorship, without which he would have to leave school soon.
Please support Sabin with a shared sponsorship of 16 Euros a month or Salina with a
full sponsorship of 60 Euros or a shared sponsorship of 30 Euros a month to ensure their
school education.

 

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   Pempa und Kalpana
                                   
11 year-old Pempa has been receiving sponsorship since March 2021 and could be enrolled in Syabrubesi last summer. Pempa and his 6 year-old sister Kalpana are living in Daal with two older siblings and their parents Dawa (39) und Gaypa Ghale (49), who are farmers and earn scarcely enough to feed the family. The small income doesn’t suffice for financing an education. Pempa was able to attend a government school free of charge in Timure for 2
years. However because of the lockdown this school was closed and will not reopen.
Due to the increased school fees starting in May this year he is in need of an additional 16 Euros a month, without which he would have to leave the school soon. This would be sad for Pempa. His sister Kalpana has not had sponsorship so far and it would be nice for the two to live and learn at school together.
 
Please support Pempa with a shared sponsorship of 16 Euros a month or Kalpana with a full sponsorship of 60 Euros or a shared sponsorship of 30 Euros a month to ensure their school education.
 
                                                             
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  Dorjee Sherpa
Dorjee Sherpa is almost five years old. Thanks to two shared sponsorships he could be enrolled at Gosainkunda English Boarding School in Syabrubesi at the age of four in April of 2021. When at home he lives with his 27 year-old mother Chiring Tsomu Lama and his father in Timure near the Tibetan border. His parents make a living loading goods on trucks which brings in only little money and makes caring for their son on their own quite difficult. That’s
why both were happy he not only gets access to a good education in school but is also well taken care of there.
Because of the increasing Nepali school fees however he is now in need of additional support and we do hope he may find another sponsorship of 8 Euro per month soon so he doesn’t have to leave school.
 
Please support Dorjee with a shared sponsorship of 8 Euros a month for his school
education.
 
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     Sara und Rajan Tamang
The siblings Sara (7 years) and Rajan (5 years) come from the small village of Karabari, North of Briddhim. Their mother Phurbo Dolma is rasinig the children on her own since her husband has left the family. Phurbo doesn’t have steady work. Whenever there is an opportunity she labors on fields in the area but it does not suffice for providing the children with what is needed, let alone financing a school education.
Thanks to sponsorship Sara could be enrolled at Gosainkunda English Boarding School in December of 2020. But unfortunately she has now lost part of this support, thus is in need of another partial sponsorship starting in May, so she can continue school.
Her younger brother Rajan had a sponsorship to supply his daily needs only as he was still too young to attend boarding school. Now he has turned five and could be enrolled this coming summer. So he, too, is in need of sponsorship.
Please support Sara with a shared sponsorship of 30 Euros a month or her brother Rajan with a full sponsorship of 60 Euros or a shared sponsorship of 30 Euros a month to ensure their school education.
         
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  Rozina und Anita Tamang
9 year-old Rozina and her 13 year-old sister Anita have been living with their parents in Mentok Gan until recently. They used to attend a state school in the border village of Timure. However they were unable to learn much there. Therefore the parents approached us with their concern, wanting to send their daughters to a better school. They were both enrolled at Gosainkunda English Boarding School in Syabrubesi in December of 2020. Their 39 year-old
mother Jezoom and her husband are loading and transporting goods at the Tibetan border. The small income doesn’t yield enough to afford the high school fees on their own.
Unfortunately Anita has now lost one of her shared sponsorships and Rozina even the whole amount. Without replacement of the lost support the sisters would have to leave school soon.
 
Please support Rozina with a full sponsorship of 60 Euros or her sister Anita with a
shared sponsorship of 38 Euros a month to ensure their school education.
 
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     Simon Tamang
5 year-old Simon has had a hard life from the very beginning. His parents are both deaf. They have separated and live in Mentok Gan, working in the fields to earn a little money. But it is hardly enough to live on. The family is among the poorest in the region. Since birth Simon has been living with his grandparents (pictures 1—3) but they also had a hard time making ends meet. Thanks to sponsorship Simon could be enrolled at Gosainkunda English Boarding School in April of 2021.
Due to the long lockdown he was only able to spend a short period of time in school so far but since school continued in autumn he has adjusted well. To properly learn to speak at all the close contact to other children and teachers, supporting him lovingly, is vitally important. Alas Simon has lost his sponsorship and is in need of new support starting by April of 2022. Having to leave school again would be very sad for him.
 
Please support Simon with a full sponsorship of 60 Euros or a shared sponsorship of 30 Euros a month to ensure his school education.
     
 
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   Santos Tamang
Up until spring of 2019 11 year-old Santos and 9 year-old Samjana were living in the small village of Mentok Gan on the mountain slope just opposite of Briddhim with their parents Lily and Deylem as well as four more siblings. The family is very poor and does not own any land where they could cultivate food. Every day they are out in search of a little income. So they can simply not afford school fees for their children. The two oldest children – now 17 and 18 years old- used to have school sponsorships with another aid organization and are now once again living with their parents. They are doing work on the fields around. We are still seeking sponsorship for Akash, the youngest of the family.
Thanks to sponsoring Santos and Samjana could be enrolled at Gosainkunda English Boarding School three years ago but unfortunately Santos has now lost his sponsorship and will need new support starting by April of 2022. It would be very sad if he had to leave school due to a lack of support.
 
Please support Santos with a full sponsorship of 60 Euros or a shared sponsorship of 30 Euros a month to ensure his school education.
 
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    Akreti Ghale
Akreti is 7 years old. Her parents Jish Gale (42) and Somaya Tamang (29) also have a younger son. The family is living in Mentok Gan and the father is the sole bread winner of the family, loading goods at the Tibetan border. The small and irregular income is not sufficient for Akreti’s school fee. She would very much like to attend school in Syabrubesi and if we find a sponsor soon she could be enrolled by summer since we have to cover the
expenses four months in advance.
 
Please support Akreti with a full sponsorship of 60 Euros or a shared sponsorship of 30 Euros a month to ensure her school education.
     
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   Tseyang Butti u. Sonam Tashi
  Palmo
8 year-old Tseyang Butti and her 6 year-old brother Sonam Tashi are the youngest children of Phurbo Dhekyi (36) and her husband Nima Tsering (35). The family lives in Thuman. The eldest, 17 year-old Keysang, attends a school in Kathmandu, aided by another organization and will finish 10 th grade this year. The 15 year-old daughter Tsering Dolma has been living in the monastery of Gagalpheidi near Kathmandu for years.
Also staying with the family is 7 year-old Palmo, a niece of Phurbo, whose brother, Palmo’s father, is hardly caring for his daughter. Since his wife left the family years ago he has been drinking a lot and so Palmo is living with her aunt and cousins most of the time.
Unfortunately Phurbo and Nima are not earning enough to finance the children’s school education. Other aid organisations, like the one enabling one of the sons to attend school demand 50.000 NPR – about 360 Euro (410 US$) down payment for starting expenses such as enrolment fees, which the family cannot afford for the other children on top. Tseyang and Sonam have irregularly attended the state school in Thuman for the past year where they have hardly learned anything. We are hoping to find sponsorships for all three children in order to offer them a good education and further ensure their support.
Please support Tseyang Butti, Sonam Tashi or Palmo with a full sponsorship of 60 Euros each or a shared sponsorship of 30 Euros a month to ensure their school education.
 
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    Pramila und Sharmila 
The two sisters Pramila (7 years) and Sharmila (9 years) are the youngest of four siblings. One older sister is married, one 15 year-old receives sponsorship from another aid organization, which only supports adolescents. Pramila and Sharmila are living with their parents Nima (43) and Tashi (44) in Daal. The girls are quite small for their age and an
enrolment at the boarding school in Syarubesi would also imply a better food supply for them.
However the parents are earning close to nothing and are unable to afford school fees.
 
Please support Pramila or Sharmila with a full sponsorship of 60 Euros or a shared sponsorship of 30 Euros a month to ensure their school education.
 
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  Sarjo Tamang
7 year-old Sarjo is the youngest brother of Suresh und Pratima (12 and 9 years old, first picture). Both older siblings have had sponsorship since last year and were enrolled in December 2020. Meanwhile Suresh has lost one of his shared sponsorships in the beginning of 2022. Sarjo is still living with his parents Sangmo (31 years) and Lhakpa (34 years) in the small village of Mentok Gan on the mountian slope across from Briddhim. Since the father has been disabled since birth and can hardly walk, let alone work, the family is very poor. The mother is having a hard time trying to support their children and they were very glad to have found sponsors for the older children, who are well taken care of and now receiving the school education their parents could never afford. Sarjo is now in need of sponsorship as well so that he can learn together with his siblings. It would be sad for him to not be enrolled in
which case he would soon have to help his mother support the family.
 
Please support Sarjo with a full sponsorship of 60 Euros or a shared sponsorship of 30 Euros a month to ensure his school education.
  
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   Devendra
5 year-old Devendra is living in Daal with his 50 year-old mother Chir Ghale. Up until the lockdown she was laboring as a load carrier at the Tibetan border. It is hard work, not yielding much income and for almost a year due to the lockdown she has not had any work at all. To ensure the boy’s basic support we could establish a sponsorship in February of 2020 but by January 2021 the sponsorship unfortunately had to be terminated. In order to enroll Devendra at Gosainkunda English Boarding School, to receive an education as well as reliable care he is in need of new sponsorship.
 
Please support Devendra with a full sponsorship of 60 Euros or a shared sponsorship of 30 Euros a month to ensure his school education.
 
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  Akash Ghale
5 year-old Akash is the youngest of six children of a very poor family from the small village of Mentok Gan. Akash’s 11 year-old brother Santos and his 9 year-old sister Samjana already receive sponsorship and thus could be enrolled at Gosainkunda English Boarding School in Syabrubesi in 2019. Alas Santos has lost his sponsorship in January of 2022 and urgently needs new support. The family does not own any land and are forced to pay a levy of 70% to
the owner of the field the are farming. What is left hardly suffices to meet basic needs. So they are unable to afford school fees for their children.
We are hoping for Akash to also find a sponsor soon, so that all three will be able to attend school together.
 
Please support Akash with a full sponsorship of 60 Euros or a shared sponsorship of 30 Euros a month to ensure his school education.
      
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We are also in search of sponsors for these families in Briddhim:
Oftentimes especially families are in need of help as providing for a multi-member family is more difficult than only supporting oneself: for parents or single parents raising their children or even siblings, as well as taking care of elderly parents – on but a meager income or none – it is nearly impossible to supply a good basic support. The same goes for elderly people who receive little or no support in terms of retirement payments and have to keep laboring in the fields at an advanced age or in spite of physical impairments in order to support themselves.
With this task however we would like to assist the following families and elderly people:
 

  Zokya Tamang

 
Zokya is 53 years old and has three children. His wife died 3 years ago. The eldest daughter lives in Dhunche with her family. She is the mother of little Tenzin Ghakyi who benefits from a sponsorship. A 21 year-old daughter is able to attend school in Kathmandu thanks to sponsorship but has been staying at home with her father during the lockdown. Zokya’s 26 year-old son is currently living with Zokya along with his wife. Thus it’s a four-person
household.
Zokya himself was never able to attend school. He is nearly deaf-mute just like his sister Nalu, who is also receiving sponsorship via our organization. He suffers from general bad health. His left hand is permanently swollen and hurts a lot. Nevertheless he is doing hard field labor. One brother is a monk and one sister is living as a nun in Kathmandu. She was the one who inquired about help for her older brother in particular.
 
Please support Zokya and his family with a monthly sponsorship of 30 Euros or an individual donation.
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     Dawa Chokpa und Mingmar Dorjee
The 54 year-old widow Dawa Chokpa, living in Lingling, is the aunt of our staff member Tenzin Lhamo. Dawa’s second husband died in spring of 2020 at only 37 years of age when out gathering wood he slipped and drowned in a river. Her youngest son from the first marriage, 23 year-old Mingmar Dorjee, has lived as a monk in India, at Tse Chokling monastery among others. That’s how he came to know our staff member Nyima. Last year Mingmar chose to live a secular life once again and has returned to the village where he is living with his mother now. Unfortunately due to the lockdown he has not been able to find employment. Before he had worked loading goads in Timure at the Tibetan border in order to support his mother. Samjana, Dawas daughter from the second marriage had a sponsorship with us up until her 18th birthday and is now attending a boarding school in Dhunche thanks to support by another aid organisation.
Dawa does have two older sons (25 and 27 years old) from that first marriage, however they are also unable so improve the situation. They, too, have family sponsorships in order to support their children. Dawa and her son are hardly able to fend for themselves and in summer 2020 another misfortune struck them: During heavy monsoon rains the small house Dawa had been able to build with government support after the earthquake of 2015 was severely damaged by a mudslide and had to be torn down. Therefore Dawa and her son are currently living in a makeshift corrugated metal hut. As soon as monsoon starts again it will become quite intolerable in there.
At the end of March we started a house building project and are hoping to collect enough donations to be able to complete the construction this year. That way Dawa and her son would be able to once again regain decent housing. Further information, also concerning the course of the project can be found on our Website:
https://www.tibet-tshoesem.de/wiederaufbau-von-wohnhaeusern-in-briddhim/
 
Starting in February Dawa and Mingmar are receiving monthly sponsorship of 20 Euros. Until both of them find work again though they will need further support for their daily needs.
 
Please support Dawa Chokpa and her son Mingmar with a partial sponsorship of 10 Euros or an individual donation.
       
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For these elder people in Briddhim we are in search or sponsorships right now: 
  
  Chokpa und Norbu
62 year-old Chokpa and her 57 year-old husband Norbu are living in Lingling. One of their grand-daughters, 6 year-old Sunica (daughter of their son Nyima Tseten) has a school sponsorship with us. The couple have 7 grown children, five of whom are married. One daughter is staying with her sister and one son living as a monk on Southern India. The children used to have sponsorships through another aid organisation for Chokpa and Norbu were never able to afford school fees.
The two are growing lemons which they sell but this doesn’t yield enough for a basic income. Chokpa and Norbu are among the poorest people of the village. At their age they face increasing difficulties handling the hard work in the field and we are hoping to soon find help for them via sponsorship.
 
Please support Chokpa and Norbu with a monthly sponsorship of 30 Euros or an individual donation.
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Dawa und Rabhi
Dawa is 69 years old, his wife Rhabi is 58. The two of them are living in Briddhim. They have one son, also living in Briddhim with his wife and child, alas unable to support his parents. The couple is very poor and trying to support themselves by growing some vegetable. The hard work in the fields proves difficult and there is no money for clothing, medication or daily needs. To somewhat ease their hard life and secure basic supplies they are in need of
sponsorship.
 
Please support Dawa and Rhabi with a monthly sponsorship of 30 Euros or an individual donation.
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   Dechen und Ngachok
The couple Dechen (56 years) and Ngachok (51 years) live in Lingling. They are the grandparents of Karma Sangay, the 6 year-old boy with the eye problems, who is able to attend school thanks to sponsorship. Ngachok is frequently ailing and unable to work in general. With some farming her husband is trying to make ends meet but they have no steady income and so everything is lacking. Like most older people In Briddhim they are illiterates.
However they would be happy about contact to a sponsor. Our helper on site, Tenzin Lhamo would gladly help with reading and answering mail.
 
Please support Dechen and Ngachok with a monthly sponsorship of 30 Euros or an individual donation.
     
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   Rabhi
        
Rabhi is 48 years old and lives in Pelko on her own. Her husband died many years ago and both daughters are married and have moved away. Her 5 year-old granddaughter Asmeta has had sponsorship with us for years. This summer she will change school and attend the boarding school in Syabrubesi as her mother Pasang is going to be working abroad. During holidays grandmother Rabhi will be taking care of Asmeta. Like most older people in
Briddhim Rabhi, too, is not able to read or write. Other than hard work in the fields she has no chance to make any money and self-sufficiency is very difficult for her.
 
Please support Rabhi with a monthly sponsorship of 20 Euros or an individual donation.
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