DHARAMSHALA, November 19: Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama today inaugurated hostel buildings for underprivileged Indian children built under the aegis of the Tong-Len Charitable Trust led by a Tibetan social worker monk Jamyang.
The new hostel building funded by The Dalai Lama Trust in addition to another hostel building, providing shelter to over 100 Indian children from underprivileged families is located at the Mouza Sarah Village, around 5 kms from the exile Tibetan seat of Dharamshala.
Alighting from his car, the Dalai Lama was warmly greeted by the children in their school uniforms, beaming with smiles and claps.
The Dalai Lama, while addressing the ceremony, recalled the first meeting when Jamyang, along with few children gathered from the slum area near Dharamshala had informed him of the project.
“Today, I can see the result of your efforts,” the Tibetan leader said looking at Jamyang.
Expressing his concern over the large number of Indians still living in poverty, the Dalai Lama encouraged the Tong-Len team to expand its educational and health care initiatives.
“You have laid down the foundation now, so extend it to help more children in the near future,” the Tibetan spiritual leader said.
“You can approach me any time if you need any financial support. As long as there is money with The Dalai Lama Trust, its yours,” the Dalai Lama added.
Saying that he was “deeply touched” by their educational achievements, His Holiness told the children that although they had faced a difficult past, at the fundamental level, all people were same.
“Every body has the right to overcome poverty and it is everybody’s moral responsibility to look after each other,” the Dalai Lama said.
Shanta Kumar, member of the Indian Parliament, who was also present at the ceremony, acknowledged the services being rendered by the Tong-Len Charitable Trust to the Indian community and announced a donation of INR 10 Lakhs to the Trust.
Jamyang, founder of the Tong-Len Charitable Trust told Phayul that he started his social work in 2002 after witnessing the “very sad situation” of the children in the slums near Dharamshala.
Thanking the Dalai Lama for funding the new hostel building and also its first year’s running costs, Jamyang said that he is “determined to expand the facilities and fund the children’s education even after their schooling.”