Newsletter n°7 - September 2009


"People of the Himalayas"
by Daniel Collin

Come with your friends and admire the magnificent photos shown by Daniel at the Cabinet Médical 21 rue Marignan, 75008 Paris, France.

Private viewing on 3 October 2009 from 17.00H to 20.00H

Further details here


Soon there will be a new kitchen for this orphanage-school

A huge "thank you" to Talents & Partage, part of the Société Générale Group, who agreed to back this project when its board voted unanimously to finance it up to €6,700.

A new kitchen means an improvement in working conditions for the chef who will remain on site, and so vastly improve the feeding of the 270 children at this orphanage-school at Palyul, which is near to Pharping.



A team of 13 people from AMTM will go to Nepal, in the Kathmandu valley from 22 October to 6 November 2009.
It will visit the following sites:

   . The AMTM House - Independents
   . Urgyen Do Ngak Choling
   . Manjughoksha
   . Palyul
   . Snowland Ranag Scool
   . Children of Sagarmatha
   . Independents of Pharping
   . Pharping Medical Centre


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for the Tibetan families of the Pin Valley at Spiti, in North-West India

Report by Brigitte Le Cossec, site co-ordinator

They are farmers who grow crops and raise animals.  They live in one of the most hostile regions of the planet, cut off from the rest of the world for 8 months of the year because of the frequent falls of snow which block the passes at an altitude of 4,500 metres.
Before the first snow falls time is short.  Soon, they will only be able to rely on each other.  They must finish their work in the fields as soon as possible and stock-pile enough Barley in order to be self sufficient and survive the never ending winter period.
The living conditions in this valley are particularly difficult and in order to escape it some youngsters leave the villages. The more adventurous will study in town with the intention of either staying on there or returning to their valley to help their parents to perpetuate a way of life which is relatively ancestral…

The construction of a medical centre in the village of Kungi, where the monastery school Sanag Choling is situated,managed by Spiti Tulkin, a religious dignitary from the valley, is a hope which has become reality.
In 2007, the vital and necessary tasks of flattening the ground, removing rocks and soil began so that the foundations could be laid;  28 deep holes accommodate 28 reinforced concrete pillars.  Then the carpenters started making the wooden windows and doors.  Here everything has to be done in 4 months.  The rest of the time conditions are too extreme to work outside (cold temperatures and snow).
In 2008 work on the external walls for the first floor and sloping roof continued and allowed us to guess what the structure for this district medical centre overlooking the valley would look like.
In 2009 building work continues. The construction of the external part of the building is complete and the ground floor internal walls, which will demarcate the future laboratory, pharmacy, consultation rooms, operating wing and surgery for the dentist, are in their final stages of completion.
On the first floor there are 6 rooms and a space for meetings.
Before I left the electricity wires had been installed.



... and remain in touch with her fatherland, Tibet

Her name is Ani Lhekse Zangmo. She was born in Tibet to a nomadic family who raise Yaks, Sheep and Goats.  She relates her life in a tent with her parents and sisters and how she had to leave her fatherland, Tibet, when she was 21 years of age.  She is now 37 years old, a refugee Nun at Rewalsar, a holy town situated in North-West India.
When we met her 3 years ago, she was weak both physically and psychologically and suffering from several conditions.  She had a sad look about her and her voice was strained.  She soon became sponsored and has been able to leave a small damp room, with walls blackened by mould during the monsoon season, for two rooms with dry walls which are tastefully decorated and a wide view of the valley and stepped rice fields.  It is a calm place and ideal for meditating for this practising Nun.  She has been able to see an optician and buy some glasses which are vital for reading her religious texts.

She is living once more.  On the wall her drawings tell the story of her life in Tibet with her family:  drawing helps her remember and keep in touch with her roots. Her memory is alive, her face lights up when she talks about herself.

Today her health is good, she can organise her life with more serenity as she knows that at the other side of the world her French sponsor is supporting her.
She has put her photo on her altar.

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