Dear Friends of the Himalayan Children's Fund,
I would like to extend a warm holiday greeting to everyone and to express our gratitude for the the tremendous support you have shown this year.
It is time to remind those of you that sponsor school students that school fees need to be paid by December! Our sincere thanks to all of you who have already paid.
The HCF, as you know has no operating budget and is administered by volunteers. We need to ask your assistance in order to serve you and Rinpoche's projects to the best of our ability. We are trying to set up a new software program that will allow us to organize all our sponsorship and donor data in the most useful way possible. It will allow for better tracking and reporting and also to send reminders more easily. (We have far too many regular sponsors now to continue to do this by hand in old accounting and note booking ways!) We have chosen to use a program called Donor Perfect and in order to use this online service we need to pay a yearly fee of $495.00. This is the bare minimum. With tech support which we are happy to forgo the cost is $695.00. If you would like to fund this expense for us or give to help the operating costs of the HCF, it is still a tax-deductible donation that aids all of Thrangu Rinpoche's projects!
I am delighted to report that the construction of the clinic at Namo Buddha has resumed! After Thrangu Rinpoche's visit to North America this summer we received nearly $35,000.00 in donations for the clinic in Namo Buddha. The Vajra Vidya Foundation, (Rinpoche's Canadian non-profit) received $14,000.00 for the clinic and we will soon be receiving another $15,000.00 with some of the funds designated for the purchase of equipment. We would like to acknowledge those of you who have decided to help the clinic by sending monthly sponsorship donations, it is a a great comfort to know we have a source for sustaining the clinic.
When they are in Nepal, Dr. Dawn Hutchinson from the U.S. and Dr. John (Norbu) Barnhill of Canada have been treating patients and guiding the plans for the clinic along with Rinpoche's monks. They have sent a request for volunteers and supplies and will update information about the progress of the the clinic at www.rinpoche.com. Be sure to check what is needed before making any arrangements to donate supplies or to visit. You may also contact me if you would like more information or want to become involved with the clinic.
For any one traveling to Nepal Dr. Barnhill has sent a short wish list of teaching materials needed for the clinic:
(ATLS) Advanced Trauma/Life Support text; BCLS Basic Life Support text; ACLS advanced Cardiac Life support text;
CIBA/ Netter anatomical drawings (respiratory system, hand text, eye care , musculo-skeletal system, male and female genitourinary sysytem, face/head /neck abdomen or even a Netter text book!
Our Shree Mangal Dip Boarding School is struggling with rising costs and the drop of the US dollar and more children to care for. This has lead to a need to raise the fees for the 2008-2009 school year. The new fees will be: Boarding, $785.00 Monk in School $550.00 and Day Student $310.00. Please remember that student sponsorship fees need to be paid between the beginning of the school year (late April) and the middle of the year (December).
Many of you sent contributions to the HCF in honor of Thrangu Rinpoche's 75th birthday and they were given to him during the ceremony at Namo Buddha. A list of the the donors and gifts was also read aloud to all participants. All reports say that the celebration was grand with many people in attendance.
As you know from previous letters, the nuns of Tara Abbey have been learning a Tara Dance. They now have full costumes to perform in and I am including a recent photo of the nuns dancing for you to enjoy. Also included are photos of the nuns being trained in monastic discipline by Mingyur Rinpoche.
The ten nuns on retreat in Tibet have completed their three year retreat and 20 nuns have now begun a new retreat. We are happy to inform you that all 20 nuns and their cook are sponsored by HCF sponsors. I hope to have photos for you of them soon.
The new monastery in Nubri is being painted and the monks are requesting additional assistance. They need to make statues and a three dimensional mandala and to build living quarters for the monks.
I would like to express our sincere gratitude for your kind and generous support this year. If you have questions about projects I have not written about or any facet of the work please feel free to contact me at any time.
All of us at the Himalayan Children's Fund would like to wish you the very best.
Debra Ann Robinson-Menzies
Debra Ann Robinson
Himalayan Children's Fund
P.O. Box 15644
Beverly Hills, California 90209
Tara Dance with Costume Tara Dancing Nuns prepare for Monlam Nuns with Mingyur Rinpoche Namo Buddha Clinic and surrounding area Torma making class at Namo Buddha