JATSON CHUMIG EDUCATIONAL CORPORATION

Rating: 5 stars   20 reviews

Issues: International

Location: 1177 Druid Walk c/o Brian McClatchy Decatur GA 30033 USA

Mission: The mission of the Jatson Chumig Educational Corporation is to improve the housing, health, educational and vocational opportunities available to the orphaned and handicapped students who attend The Jatson Chumig Welfare Special School in Lhasa, Tibet ~ P.R. China
Results: We built a new kindergarten room, a new physical therapy room in 2010. In November, 2011 ~ a new girl's dormitory was completed (home to 78 girls) and a new toilet house was built which improved overall sanitation for everyone.
Target demographics: Serving orphaned and disabled orphaned children living in Lhasa, Tibet.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 150+ children
Geographic areas served: Lhasa, Tibet ~ PRC
Programs: Handicraft Workshops help continue the Tibetan art of papermaking, boot making, incense making and making clothing. Education provides the children an opportunity to truly change their life. Jatson Chumig provides a full primary education (K-6) and children in middle school through high school and even university gives these kids tremendous opportunities to improve their lives in the future.
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I went to Jatson last summer as volunteer, teaching English, Math, and Arts. Children in Jatson Chumig are so lovable. I was greeted by dances and songs every morning. Jatson's children lived together like brothers and sisters, helping each other and take care of each other. Their hearts are as beautiful and crystal as the clear blue sky of Tibet. I met some children who are physically challenged....but have very positive and strong will to overcome difficulties. It was a very touching moment when I saw one little boy (lost his right hand) insisted in doing his stuff without my help, and smiled back to me when he succeeded. The day I left campus, I burst into tears, when a little child who could draw and write beautifully, gave me a picture with my smiling face and a sentence "teacher, thank you for your warm smile to me". I missed the children very much. I gain more than I gave during the life-changing volunteering in Jatson.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Having spent two months working directly with the kids at Jatson in 2006 while I was in college, teaching them english, eating lunch with them, having them perform traditional songs and dances for childrens day and getting to know the dedicated people (Tenzin is AMAZING!) who keep the school and orphanage running strong, i can honestly say if any organization is worth supporting it's Jatson Chumig. In a place with little hope, they provide a guiding light for so many. To have been able to be a part of that, even for such a short time, was life changing and has since given me purpose in life.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

2006 I volunteered, and since then i have always kept up with the website, the U.S. contact Brian Mcclatchy to have updates as to the many positive changes that have taken place as well, many improvements have been made in the 5 years since I have been there. To see the kids moving up in school when it was so difficult before is amazing.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make it possible/ easier to purchase items from the handicraft store at the orphanage itself, which could provide funds...and I'd improve the physical therapy facilities if it hasnt been done already, they could use more equipment.

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Along with Tom Leech, Carol Brighton, Jim Canary, and Nimto Sherpa, I ran the Paper Road/Tibet project at Jatson Chumig from 1996 until 2003 when we transferred the remaining funds to Tibetan Handicraft Industry in Kathmandu for continued support of the traditional Tibetan papermaking program that our group helped Jampa and Tenzin start at the school. Although the closing of the non-profit that had allowed us to work in Tibet was difficult, we have been heartened to see that Jampa and Tenzin and the Jatson Chumig papermaking group have continued the program and have surpassed our wildest dreams in that they are making beautiful thangkas on handmade papers, painted by the expert thangka painters at the school. We each made several trips to the school. I have been duly impressed at the care, education, and vocational training provided for the children and the preservation of Tibetan culture that is incorporated in the vocational training programs.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Brian has established an incredible support organization for the Jatson Chumig School and its needs. It is fantastic to see the group he has built continue to grow and to see his creative fundraising that has resulted in major support for the school.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Continue to improve communication between the school and the foundation.

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I visited Jatson Chumig in the Summer of 2007. I was lucky enough to be funded by my college, enabling me to volunteer my services by teaching English and anything else they may have needed. The orphanage is run by very responsible and hard working locals. The kids seemed very happy. It was clear they were treated well and they interacted like a big family. It was obvious that this was a great thing in the lives of these children. I also appreciated how the orphanage attempted to be self supporting by selling locally made Tibetan crafts. I have continued to follow the orphanage since I have returned and support it in any way possible. Great place.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing the changed lives of the children at the orphanage

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

give the funding needed to enable it to carry out its ideas

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I volunteered at Jatson Chumig in the summer of 2007. I met the director, Jampa, who is a very sweet ex-monk whom all the kids love. The assistant director, Jampa's daughter, Tenzin, speaks great English and runs all of the administrative details of the school and orphanage. Brian McClatchy, a former volunteer who has helped Jatson Chumig incorporate, is a passionate, kind man who has gone to great efforts to fund raise for all the kids. I had a great time volunteering there, teaching the kids English, translating descriptions for their workshop "museum", and helping disabled students with their physical therapy. The school has a great mission and I am happy to see that conditions are improving there. All the money that you donate to the school helps provide the necessary food, shelter, clothing, and school supplies for the children. It's an absolute pleasure watching the school grow and the children succeed.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The kids benefit from having English-speakers around and physical therapists visiting. Donations have contributed to new uniforms, new school supplies, new classrooms, and soon, a new dormitory. Students who have graduated to middle school can now take van rides to school.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Jatson Chumig still needs more funds to build new facilities and renovate old ones. Most importantly, the school needs money to build dormitories for the students -- the current ones are too crowded.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

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I volunteered at Jatson Chumig school in 2005. Their dedication to Tibetan children was immediately apparent. The school provides additional services for children with disabilities and provides a rare and much-needed service in doing so. The staff at Jatson Chumig are educated, caring, hard-working, and are the school's best asset.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

2005

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

help provide them with better facilities, more educational materials (ie books), and improved resources such as heat during the winter.

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