Siddhartha School Project


Recent News from Leh-Ladakh by scottcronenweth
September 16, 2010, 1:25 pm
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Recently we received an e-mail and photos from Khen Rinpoche’s niece, Tashi. She expressed gratitude on behalf of everyone who has benefited from our donations. Thanks to Vivek and the International Fellowship of Buddhist Youth Ladakh (IFBYL), our efforts have helped hundreds of people of all ages, from remote villages to Choglamsar and Leh.

According to Tashi, the Indian government has announced the creation of a fund for the victims, and has promised to rebuild houses before the winter. But, she goes on to say: “This is India, where this kind of thing never gets done in time, and half the money disappears before it gets to the victims. These promises seem impossible because it’s already September…”

Tashi’s photos document very well the magnitude of the rebuilding process that Ladakhis are facing, and how much work remains to be done. I’ve added captions but the images need no explanation. Click on an image to see it full-size.

Thank you again, everyone, for your ongoing support.

Mud filling storefronts

Mud filling storefronts

Army crews clearing a main road

Army crews clearing a main road

Salvaging belongings

Salvaging belongings

Even major buildings were destroyed

Even major buildings were destroyed

This was part of someone's home

This was part of someone's home

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International Fellowship of Buddhist Youth Ladakh distributes flood relief by tsewangnorbuvivek

IFBYL (INT’L FELLOWSHIP OF BUDDHIST YOUTH LADAKH) today, 22nd August, 2010, visited three of the most affected remote far flung villages of ladakh. We met with all the people who were affected by the flood. We distributed 49 nine set of com…plete beddings (one double sized bed quilt, one mattress, one blanket, one pillow and Rs. 2000 cash to all those people who were badly affected. This is our first phase of the RELIEF WORK. Our next phase of relief work will be to visit the hospital on Tuesday, and talk to all the patients and distribute a small packet of fruits and bread, and also pray for their speedy recovery. Third phase will be to visit more remote villages which are currently cut off as the roads are washed away. The army is fixing the road and once it is ready we will immediately rush to the affected areas with our relief goods and cash.

— Tsering Norbu Vivek, Siddhartha SchoolIFBYL team