In old Tibet it was a common custom for a family to send one son to be trained as a monk. In exile, the Tibetan monasteries take on a further role as a kind of orphanage or place where refugees too poor to support their children can send them to be clothed, fed, and educated.
Namdroling Monastery began literally with a handful of monks but over the years, it has grown in size, in buildings, in outreach, and in numbers. The new Palyul throneholder, HH Karma Kuchen Rinpoche, along with the late HH Penor Rinpoche's heart sons, H.E. Gyangkhang Rinpoche and H.E. Mugsang Kuchen Rinpoche, is now responsible for the spiritual and material needs of a floating population that at times exceeds 4000 people including 500 nuns. Of those, some 1400 are under 20 and approximately 700 are under 15. Of course, as an organization expands, different problems arise, and a monastery is no different. Along with the growing numbers comes overcrowding leading to mental and physical stress, health problems, and psychological issues. Such problems are usually exacerbated among the most vulnerable of any population—the very young and very old.
For the boys and girls of Namdroling, the monastery is a place where they can get an education, receive adequate food and basic medical care, and grow up in the Buddhist culture of their homeland. These children come from Tibetan-speaking regions throughout the Himalayas and the Tibetan plateau. In many cases they are orphans or children of parents too poor to support them. Perhaps because the abbot, HH Penor Rinpoché is so beloved throughout the Tibetan world, Namdroling always had a large number of children—and they keep coming. There is an urgent requirement for assistance to support the health and education of these young ones.
Health concerns are our number one priority at the moment as the children tend to suffer from skin diseases, gastric illnesses, infectious diseases, chicken pox, and eye and dental problems. As a registered Canadian charity, we provide, amongst other things, a secure channel for your funds to be delivered directly to the aid of these children and with the lowest overhead possible, since we operate entirely on volunteer service.