Support Jamyang Foundation
Just $240 a year can educate and put women in leadership roles in a desperately poor and culturally endangered region of the Himalayas. Please lend your support!
- Demonstrate solidarity with sisters faced by poverty and illiteracy.
- Provide health care, education, and cultural enrichment for hundreds of women in remote Himalayan villages.
- Help a young woman fulfill her spiritual and intellectual potential.
- Further intercultural understanding.
- Make someone very happy!
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Jamyang Foundation is an innovative education project for Himalayan women. It aims to help women pursue learning that is harmonious with their personal interests and unique Buddhist cultural background. It is changing perceptions of women throughout the Himalayan region.
There are currently Six Jamyang Foundation study programs: 3 in Zanskar (Ladakh), and 2 in Spiti (Himachal Pradesh), and a new one in Kinnaur (Himachal Pradesh). The 115 students, aged 9 to 72, are women from remote Himalayan areas. They have had little, if any, schooling. The reasons are significant: girls are often kept home to work and education is often considered irrelevant for them. Moreover, the only schools in the region teach another culture in another language. The students are from Tibetan Buddhist cultural backgrounds; the government schools are in Hindi and Urdu.
Living conditions in these remote mountain regions are incredibly harsh, with 9 months of heavy snowfall. Temperatures regularly dip far below freezing. Food and drinking water are often in short supply. Education and medical facilities are practically non-existent. Women, especially, face many difficulties.
To address these problems, students study math, health and hygiene, English, and Hindi, as well as Tibetan language, Buddhist philosophy, and meditation. After completing their studies, these women will serve as teachers, health care workers, community workers, and mentors to others. They will create similar study programs in their homelands and other needy areas. They will be able to help their people and help revitalize their special cultural heritage.
These study programs are rapidly changing perceptions of women throughout the Himalayas. The study programs are also helping preserve and revive Buddhist culture in areas where it is declining dangerously due to secularism, cultural encroachment, and economic hardship. Students from diverse nationalities and ethnic backgrounds develop a strong sense of community and purpose. Many more young women have applied for admission, but must wait until more facilities can be built.
A deserving student can receive a full scholarship for just $20 per month! In addition to sponsoring scholarships, there is a great need for more housing and classrooms. Your kindhearted contribution can also provide a year's training in primary health care. Health care education is desperately needed. This practical training will help relieve the suffering of entire communities.