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September 27, 2010

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September 27, 2010

I started attending Ven. Lobsang's lectures in 2000 and was inspired by his stories about growing up and attending a monastery in India. He was clearly figuring out how to be in the US, bringing the dharma to people, affiliated and not affiliated with Buddhism, to help them lead happier lives, while bringing about positive change in the lives of desperately disadvantaged children in India. Jhamtse International was born from this vision. One of the wonderful things about JI is that it's volunteer-run, and the administrative costs are low to non-existent -- donations directly benefit those in need, and even small donations have a huge impact. It's inspiring to hear how a small amount of money has radically transformed the lives of children who had no hope to rise out of a life of poverty. And the kids at Jhamtse Gatsal are not only as bright as their peers anywhere, but they are learning and living the lessons of the power of love and compassion directly. It's an amazing organization doing much good in the world.

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

the community gatherings we have each week, supporting each other as we learn about Buddhism.

Ways to make it better...

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

let more people know about what fantastic, successful venture this, and the change it's bringing to the world.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing the results -- the complete reversal of child's life from hopelessness to possibility.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

committed, inspiring, and down-to-earth folks who care deeply about each other.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

transform the world through the practice of love, wisdom, and compassion.

Ways to make it better...

I had even more time to commit.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

spreading the word and reaching more people.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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September 6, 2010

Jhamtse International programs significantly improve the lives of thousands around the globe. The best example is the Jhamtse Gatsal children's community in northeastern India. Jhamtse Gatsal, which means garden of love in Tibetan, is currently home to 74 children who come from the surrounding remote Himalayan villages where poverty, lack of healthcare, education and opportunities are extreme. These children often have no parents and have to either work in the fields or stay home to take care of siblings. Education is not an option because getting food on the table trumps all. I've seen firsthand how these children are transformed into happy and healthy kids within a few days of arriving at Jhamtse Gatsal. The house-mothers (Ama-la's), teachers and staff provide a loving family environment for these children to live and learn. Love and compassion run rampant at Jhamtse Gatsal and it's breathtaking to see what happens to the children and adults who live in that environment. I spent 10-days at Jhamtse Gatsal in the summer of 2008. I have never felt and seen so much caring and happiness from so many as I did on those magical days in August. These 74 children now have an opportunity to break the cycle of extreme poverty by learning skills they can use to transform their home villages and communities. Jhamtse Gatsal has also started community outreach programs to provide needed services to the surrounding villages. Although only 4-years old Jhamtse Gatsal has made a significant impact on the lives of the children, staff and surrounding villages of this remote mountain region.

The Great!

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

having met the children and staff of Jhamtse Gatsal. All of these kids are happy and full of love, which on the surface may seem like no big deal, but when you learn about their home existence it's truly remarkable.

Ways to make it better...

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

be more successful at raising the funds we need to grow the school so that we could provide these same opportunities to the hundreds of children that are still 'trapped' in the cycle of poverty.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

working with people who inspire me on a daily basis by truly making a difference

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated, passionate and hard working. The entire staff at Jhamtse Gatsal make tremendous personal sacrifices to live at the school for many months at a time

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the lives of thousands of children around the world by creating dozens of Jhamtse Gatsal communities where impoverished children are a real chance

Ways to make it better...

I could have helped raise more of the funds we need

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the extreme remoteness of the southern himalayas make logistics, communications, fundraising and operations a big challenge

One thing I'd also say is that...

awareness of Jhamtse Gatsal needs to spread

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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