FAQ for Himalayan Teachers Project from SMD Boarding School
How do we know the money that is donated to the Himalayan Teachers Project is going to this initiative?
Funds come directly into the school bank account from Namo Buddha Foundation, our nonprofit organization that is registered in Canada that receives funds from Vajra Vidya Foundation, the fundraising charity. The young women who are being educated will have their letters posted on the HTP website so we can update our donors.
It is important for donors to know that, as a Buddhist organization, we take the Buddha's teaching seriously. To take something that doesn’t belong to us (such as money meant for impoverished Himalayan children) is doing harm and it creates harm for oneself.
This is the law of Karma.
What percentage of the funding goes to the Himalyan Teachers Project?
The director of the school volunteers her time. This is an amazing example of Buddhist teaching - giving back is such a large part of their belief.
What is the process for
volunteering at SMD School?
Parameters for Volunteers at SMD Schools (Kathmandu and Namo Buddha)
1. You are already on the Waiting List
People interesting in volunteering can write Shirley at email@example.com
How can I find out
information on child trafficking in Nepal?
This is a serious issue and education can help this problem immensely.
“Trafficking of young
girls and women has plagued the Himalayan Kingdom of Nepal for many decades.
It is estimated by some scholars that over 140,000 to 200,000 young girls and
women continue to be grinded in the sex market of Indian brothels in Calcutta,
Siliguri, Kanpuir, Gorakhpur, Lucknow, New Delhi and Bombay.” ("Yuabaraj Sangroula: Trafficking of Girls and Women in Nepal – Building a Community Surveillance System for Prevention” Kathmandu School of Law, Kathmandu, Nepal, 2001).
In India a large percentage of the victims are women and girls from Nepal. This report focuses on the trafficking of girls and women from Nepal to brothels in Bombay, where nongovernmental organizations say they comprise up to half of the city's estimated 100,000 sex slaves. Brothels are tightly controlled, and the girls are under constant surveillance. Escape is virtually impossible. Owners use threats and severe beatings to keep inmates in line. In addition, women fear capture by other brothel agents and arrest by the police if they are found on the streets; some of these police are the brothel owner's best clients. Many of the girls and women are brought to India as virgins; many return to Nepal with the HIV virus.” ("Rape for Profit: Trafficking of Nepali Girls and Women to India's Brothels", Human Rights Watch, India/Nepal, 1995)
Poverty is by itself not the cause of trafficking. It is the visible manifestation of lack of proper land reforms, food insecurity, and globalization with its resulting gap between the rich and the poor and lack of access to universal and free education. (Yuabaraj Sangroula)
Over the years, four SMD girls have been caught by traffickers. Luckily, we were able to rescue them before they came to harm. Educated girls cannot be trafficked.
Thrangu Rinpoche's projects in Nepal HERE