The primary outreach initiative of Jhamtse International is to support Jhamtse Gatsal Children’s Community. Jhamtse Gatsal (jhaam’-tsay gah’-tsal) is Tibetan for “garden of love and compassion.”
Jhamtse Gatsal is a community, a school, and a home for approximately 90 children ranging in age from toddler to adolescent. Jhamtse Gatsal is in the district of Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh, India. The children, all of whom have a background of poverty and adversity, come from nearby villages. At Jhamtse Gatsal, the children are provided with a secure and loving home, including nurturing houseparents, good food, clothing, and medical care, and an excellent academic and practical education.
Jhamtse Gatsal also strives to become a model school and community in the areas of education, healthcare, childcare, parental guidance, cultural preservation, spiritual traditions, organic gardening, renewable energy, sustainable living, and social entrepreneurship.