Infinite Compassion Germany is now about to create the first school for girls. This is a project, which is wished for a long time already as it is very needed. The late Shamar Rinpoche had already chosen a piece of land for this in 2006. It took a while to find confidential persons to guide the project and look after it and just recently we started to do the fundraising. Located between Kalimpong and Darjeeling amongst Indian tea gardens it is a very idyllic spot of land for this school.
What is done so far?
Acharya Tenzing Wangpo, who is in charge of the Diwakar Academy in Kalimpong, is now also responsible for this project, following a wish of Jigme Rinpoche. And thanks to many people supporting this project, the preparation works have already started. The water pipes were set, the works for installing the power supply lines have started and the septic tank is close to be finished. Soon the construction of the actual school building can be started.
This school is not only meant for girls to live and study here but also for young women to learn reading and writing as well as joining the classes for handcraft. This will be a basis for them to find a job easier and to be more independent. In this area it is still customs that girls don’t work but stay at home to help there.
The project consists of classrooms, 8 dormitories and a small temple, which can also be used by the local Buddhists.
The total price for the building is 32,000 Euros, and we are urgently looking for further sponsors to realize this school for the girls and to take care of the running costs afterwards.