HOUSING

Outline for orphanage and elder house updated 27 August 2013

HELP US PROVIDE SUITABLE HOUSING FOR THE ORPHANS THIS WINTER!

Watch a video in English or Chinese or download a flyer! Most of the 141 orphans are currently staying in traditional Tibetan tents without proper heating and protection from the elements. They sleep on carpets in the tents and as a result often suffer from frost-bites and cold during the harsh Tibetan winter. Classes are currently held in a house of a local Rinpoche who kindly offered his facilities as a temporary solution. Clearly, the housing situation for the orphans is neither appropriate nor sustainable. Therefore, providing a suitable housing for the orphans has been one of the priorities of AWAM Foundation from the start.

Khenchen Lama Rinpoche has been working hard on creating opportunities for providing the orphanage housing and getting initial funding. In June 2013 an opportunity arose to build the housing for orphanage this summer with a significant discount on the cost. This is due to generosity and good will of a local builder who significantly lowered the building price to help the orphanage. He himself volunteered to work on the project for free and is only requiring to cover the cost rather than to make a profit. The builder will also provide a 20 year guarantee on the building. The work would be undertaken with the support of the local government and officials who approved the building project. The house would provide 24 rooms for children and 2 large rooms for educational and social activities.

The cost of the building is 500,000 Yuan (approx. 82,000 USD). Rinpoche's students from Malaysia have already committed to provide the first 100,000 Yuan ($16,400). Another 100,000 Yuan is needed as soon as possible in order to start with the construction. The building project can be completed in 2 months. The work can not be done due to weather conditions in winter which starts in that area at the beginning of October. So for children to be able to stay in the building this winter, we need to raise 100,000 Yuan in the next 3-4 weeks and then the rest (300,000 Yuan) by the end of September/beginning of October. If we do not manage to raise the funds this year, the cost will go up next year by approximately 100,000 Yuan.

PLEASE DONATE AND HELP US MAKE A DIFFERENCE TO THE ORPHANS THIS WINTER!