Children in India

In India the Association concentrates its work in the remote zones of the Himalayas. In these areas of India the living conditions are very similar to those in Tibet, with whom it borders. The altitude in these zones is around 3000 meters and people survive from subsistence farming. During the brief summer months entire families have to work long hours in the fields to secure harvests, but often this is not enough to see them through the long winter months.

Some villages are often isolated for months at a time from the rest of the world due to snow and severe weather conditions. These difficult living conditions, combined with the lack of even small amounts of money and transport, mean that children are often unable to attend school.

Many people are forced to travel in search of work building and repairing roads.

The services in these regions are minimal; in the area of the villages receiving our help there is a small dispensary that offers basic medical care, but those in need of hospital treatment have to make the long and difficult journey over the mountainous Himalayan terrain to reach India.

In some villages there are small schools offering elementary education, but for many families the cost of school materials is beyond their reach. To continue their education after the village school children are forced to leave their families and attend schools in India.

The long distance adoption project in India aims to provide families with basic necessities, medical assistance and guarantee the school attendance of children. The project also includes children who study in local monasteries; a number of Buddhist monasteries have been rebuilt in India and poor children are often accommodated here because they can study in a traditional manner. These monasteries are extremely poor and all too often there is no money to ensure decent food, to buy medicine, clothes, shoes or books.

As well as a donation of money, the Association also buys and distributes directly to each family: school materials, clothes, shoes, flour, cooking pans, fuel and other basic necessities.

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