Campaign to help Lobsang say “Yes!” Photo courtesy of Meaghan Ryan. Help Lobsang say “Yes!” to more children in need. Monthly Donation $10 : $10.00 USD – monthly$25 : $25.00 USD – monthly$50 : $50.00 USD – monthly$100 : $100.00 USD – monthly$250 : $250.00 USD – monthly$500 : $500.00 USD – monthly$750 : $750.00 USD – monthly$1000 : $1,000.00 USD – monthly You may remember the weight of these poignant words, “I’m sorry, but I can’t take this child now,” by the Founder and Director of Jhamtse Gatsal, Ven. Lobsang Phuntsok, in the film “Tashi and the Monk.” Lobsang has repeated these words countless times to a desperate relative or community leader fully aware of the challenges in the young child’s life and that s/he may not survive until adulthood. Jhamtse Gatsal can currently house and care for only 85 children. With children squeezed in rooms designed and needed for classrooms, the Community cannot provide a healthy, secure and loving home and good education to any more children. Vision for the Campaign Build additional facilities to accommodate a total of 150 children, Classes Pre-K to 12, plus staff, volunteers and visitors. What’s required Leveling more of the ridge-top site where Jhamtse Gatsal is located to make room for more buildings Construction of three duplexes, each of which will house two “families” of approximately 25 children and their housemothers (amalas) in housing that meets the requirements of the Government of India Construction of a campus center consisting of a dining and gathering area to accommodate 150 children and 50 adults (staff, volunteers and visitors), and a kitchen which meets high standards of efficiency and sanitation Construction of housing for four staff families Construction of an additional school building including science labs necessary for accreditation through Class 12 How will the Campaign work? The campaign will be conducted in three phases, each started when funding for that phase is secure. Fundraising is expected to continue until approximately 2020, and construction will be completed over approximately eight years. Partners in the campaign are Jhamtse International, Jhamtse Switzerland, Jhamtse Australia, and Jhamtse Gatsal. Phase 1—funding goal $1,000,000 Prepare construction documents Level more of the ridge-top site Construct earthquake resistant retaining walls Build homes for 4 “families” of approximately 25 children and their housemothers Download a copy of The Case for Support. (405KB PDF) Help Jhamtse Gatsal Have Room for More Children! Your gift to the Jhamtse Gatsal Capital Campaign will give more children from backgrounds of neglect and trauma a chance to blossom into healthy, compassionate, loving, competent agents of change in the “Garden of Love and Compassion.” Donate via our secure PayPal, or by check to Jhamtse International, 25 Duggan Rd., Acton, MA 01720 Donations from the US are tax deductible. For tax-deductible donations in Switzerland, Australia, Canada or India, please see the Donate page on the Jhamtse Gatsal website. For more information or to discuss your gift, please contact us. You can follow the campaign progress via our blog, or on the Jhamtse Gatsal Facebook.