The ITBCI school (Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Cultural Institute), located in the Himalayan foothills in Kalimpong within clear sight of the magnificent Mount Kanchenjunga, is an institution lying close to the heart of our Triratna Community.
The school was founded in 1954 by Dhardo Rinpoche, revered teacher and friend of our teacher Sangharakshita. Since 2011 a group of sangha members at the SBC has been sponsoring students at this school.
We began sponsoring 6 infants and primary age children and depending upon numbers of sponsors and the fluctuations of the currency exchange rate we have been able to help up to 16. In 2015 we supported 12 students.
The sponsorship cost of $500 per child provides tuition and full board for children of Tibetan background living throughout the Himalayan foothills of India and Nepal, whose impoverished families would never be able to afford the costs themselves. Apart from an education based in the national curriculum, children also receive tuition in Tibetan language and culture. It is this unique aspect of their tuition which is critical to the survival of their Buddhist heritage and traditions.
As sponsors we receive a half yearly and yearly school report as well as hand written letters from each child. We are able to send letters or post cards back to the children.
It is now time to recommit to this venture for a sixth year. There are always reasons why some sponsors have to reduce or drop their support and so I invite those who do not already give to support the program and help maintain or even increase the number of needy children requiring sponsorship. Any amount of money would be welcome since it all goes into the total and the number of sponsored children is then calculated. We sponsor all children as a group and all of us have access to reports, letters and so on. Any sum of money is welcome and will contribute to the overall effort.
If you would like to commit, either as an individual or as a group, to sponsoring a child, please contact Nandavani via the Sydney Buddhist Centre.
It would be great to hear from you.