“Tashi and the Monk” is the gift that keeps on giving

Thupten

I thought you might like to know that the film was shown on TV in India yesterday. We have already received two requests from people in India who want to be sponsors. Sponsors in India can contribute directly to Jhamtse Gatsal, but are assigned children by Grace Blydenburgh in the US.

Our sponsors are so amazing. One sponsor, who began last year is Tibetan, and was a sponsored child himself. Thupten wrote:

“I am 22 year old guy who got a job in Dubai after completing my college. I had a poor school life too because I was in government Tibetan hostel, I was also being sponsored so I would like to contribute my life for someone as someone did for me.”

Thupten has plans to visit Jhamtse Gatsal this month with his girlfriend who is in nursing school. He writes that he had a very difficult life, himself, in a school that was very poor. I am sure he will be embraced in the love and joy of Jhamtse Gatsal, and rejoice to see the full, healthy and happy lives our children have. Thupten is organizing a campaign to provide clothing for our children, and he is very excited that he has the chance to give back in this way.

Tashi & The Monk—the Back Story

photo of Lobsang and Tashi

Excerpted from filmmaker Andrew Hinton’s Facebook posting on May 14, 2014

Here’s how it happened:

A couple of years ago I was in India researching a project and I received an email out of the blue from a production company in San Francisco looking for a filmmaker in India to visit a remote school called Jhamtse Gatsal. They asked me to film an American student installing educational technology there and told me the best way to reach this place was to fly into an airport called Guwahati.

Jhamtse is a two day drive from Guwahati along bumpy winding roads and tracks dotted with groups of women breaking rocks down to gravel with hammers. By the time we got close my internal organs felt displaced. All I could think was “how on earth am I going to get back?”.

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