GLOBAL FIELD WORK SCHOLARSHIP FUND
The IEC has been sending people to various parts of the world to help global causes. In tribal villages, around the world, we are involved in strengthening existing village skills and knowledge base, so that people can become self-sufficient through their own efforts. Farmers, women and youth are involved and the focus is on areas such as organic farming, kitchen gardens, seed funds, medicinal plants, craft training, product improvement, and barter of essential goods and services, and for cultural strengthening and functional literacy. We believe that we need to look to our huge pool of skilled artisans to provide the answers to move towards a sustainable development path that is based on local knowledge systems, cultural diversity and inner contemplation.
Besides this project, Ahimsa is working on various efforts which include helping individuals with medical/educational assistance, improving livelihoods and habitat, peace education, schools, artisans, environment (like spreading awareness on cleaning up rivers), mindfulness practice and teaching, organizing talks, distribution of books etc. in various parts of the world.
INTERFAITH EXCHANGE PROGRAM
We seek funds to help launch our exchange program which is currently working to bring two Bhutanese nationals to import their culture and life style including its unique worldview of well being, connect Bhutanese citizens in direct contact with our citizens who come from many parts of the world to exchange knowledge and experience and facilitate mutual learning.
We are currently in the visa application process with our two Bhutanese citizens who will bring their well-developed professional skills, their culture and their cultural teachings to our Ashram where they will live on site and interact with our community. There will be a host of activities surrounding these exchanges, which will include many of the following:
We will host a series of workshops that focus on Yoga, Painting, Farming, and Overall Well being.
MINDFULNESS CENTER GENERAL FUND
The IEC Ashram is a place where people come to learn the practices of mindfulness. Mindfulness is a powerful way to reduce stress and anxiety and be present in the moment. There are special retreats that happen at this facility, and often a place for members of the community to get together.
Mindfulness is the energy of being aware of what is happening inside and around us in the present moment. It is increasingly being recognized as an essential support for students, teachers, school administrators and parents. There is considerable research being done by the international medical community that has provided a scientific basis for these findings. Mindfulness is known to:
The Mindfulness Center focuses on bringing practices to people so that they can use it in their own lives and based on their experience, share it with others.
Some of the areas of focus at the center are:
Care and maintenance is always needed, from roof repairs, to painting, plumbing repairs, etc. The general fund is where these repairs come from. Other needs that are met from the General Fund is the monthly electricity and bills for the Ashram.
TIBET SKY VILLAGE FOUNDATION
What does Tibet Sky Village Foundation do to help?
Tibet Sky Village Foundation seeks to alleviate some of the hardships the villagers endure, while ensuring they maintain their self- sufficiency and agency.
We are currently in Phase One of a long-term project to support several incremental water, sanitation, and health improvements. More urgently, we are working to supply and fund the local community with emergency shelter and housing.
2015 Earthquake Tingkhye
You will likely recall the terrible 2015 earthquakes that rocked Nepal, destroying a vast number of homes and leaving thousands dead. While the people of Nepal have thankfully received some degree of aid in their recovery effort, their Tibetan neighbors have garnered comparatively little attention.
This harsh reality for many rural Tibetans is represented in Tingkhye, where five families were left essentially homeless following these natural disasters.
Since that time, the Chinese government has provided shelter assistance to Tingkhye’s displaced residents in the form of emergency-grade tents, which they have lived in since the first earthquake struck in late April of 2015.
All supported by local community volunteer labor—have begun, but they are slow, halting and difficult. Many have crowded into the limited shelters available—and many remain displaced. Many others are incurring increasing personal debt as they struggle to regain their footing.
What is the Emergency Housing Effort?
We’re asking for your help to support a limited emergency housing measure that will complete three permanent, multiple- use structures before end of summer.
Why is this time-critical?
We need your help—of any kind, in any amount—to get $10,000 USD to Tingkhye. Previous funding from other sources have been delayed.
Due to Tingkhye’s remote location and poor roads, transport times for missing and essential supplies can require several days. We are seeking to complete this emergency housing (and livestock enclosures) before the onset of winter or the September monsoon season begins to render some routes impassable.
What can a small amount of funds from the US accomplish?
Using local stone, reclaimed lumber, and a limited purchase of new construction supplies, we can provide safe “good enough’ residential housing for three extended families as well as enclosed protection for their livestock.
How will the money be used?
100% of all donations received go directly to Tingkhye for material assistance. No administration, fundraising, wire transfer, or other fees/costs are deducted.
Who administers and disburses funds?
All donations will be received, disbursed, and accounted for by Lobsang Wangdu of the Tingkhye Monastery (established c.1384). All funds will be forwarded by scheduled wire transfer as they are received.
What are the labor costs?
With the exception of a full time construction foreman who will receive a $300 stipend for the duration of the project, there are no labor costs. All work is performed by the community on a volunteer basis. The foreman is paid solely to help to offset loss of summer earnings for this full time responsibility.
How will any unused funds be used?
Any unused materials and funds will be applied to additional structure completion and community improvements.
Tibet Sky Village will publish summary reports and photographs online and to its contributor mailing lists as work completes.