Sponsor a Himalayan School in India

$7,410 of $9,500 goal

Raised by 38 people in 61 months
Russell Collins  Byron Bay, NSW


The Serkong School in Tabo, Spiti Valley is a culturally Tibetan region in a remote cold desert Himalayan wilderness region of northern India. The people of this area have been simple subsistence farmers for millennia and only in the last 20 years have they been exposed to the modern world.

This school aims to preserve the cultural values of the children whilst also giving them a modern education enabling them to make choices about their future. Indian schools in the region are typically biased towards Indian cultural values, negating the local sensitivities and their Buddhist religious heritage.



The Serkong School has been successfully operating since 2000 with the support of Western sponsors who typically donate a small amount on a regular basis. There are currently over 350 kids who live at the school in a boarding capacity. This means the school undertakes to cloth, feed and educate these kids for 11 months of the year.



A basic donation of $240 per year, or $20 per month is just enough to support one child at the school through the year. We have been supporting this school since 2003 and 100% of the money raised in this way goes directly to the school and covers the essential requirements for living.



This program is designed to directly support the education of children in a remote region, offering them opportunities they would otherwise not have to integrate and contribute in a rapidly changing world. 



All the funds raised through this scheme go directly to the school administration who then spend the money where it is most needed in order to continue this school project alive.

The only costs are payment gateway fees that are out of our control, with the rest of the funds going directly to the Tabo Monastery who auspice all funding for the school. 



More information about the Serkong School and the sponsorship programs can be found here:

http://yaktrak.com/projects/serkong-school-sponsorship-program/



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Update 35
Posted by Russell Yak Trak
25 months ago
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The latest news about the Solar Water Pump is that it is working great! It has now been flowing continuously through the summers and the winters (amazing!!) and its so good that people from the village also come to get water from this pump when every other source has frozen. Thanks to everyone who helped make this possible! I still don't have any new pics unfortunately, as I've been busy in another region of the Himalayas with the rocket stove project, but I will try to get some and post here.
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Update 34
Posted by Russell Yak Trak
28 months ago
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The main issue we are focussing on this year is heating in the winter. The solar water pump has been a great success and now we are continuing our efforts to improve the quality of life of the children in the school by getting cost effective and highly efficient heating units into the classrooms and the hostel. In conjunction with the Himalayan Rocket Stove project, we aim to get at least 10 rocket stoves into the school this year, and hopefully more. For more info about this project, please follow the link here: http://himalayanrocketstove.com
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Update 33
Posted by Russell Yak Trak
31 months ago
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It's been a while since I updated here... so here's a quickie:
Great news! This year we have a French group taking the kids for the Tabo Kids Tour to Ladakh, so we are supporting this journey for the kids with the surplus funds that we raised last year for this journey. This year the Class 9 kids will travel to Ladakh and stay at Secmol where they get to have an interactive immersion into the program there (eco-sustainability and self responsibility training) before heading back to Tabo, travelling and camping on the way each direction.
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Update 32
Posted by Russell Yak Trak
43 months ago
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I'm very pleased to report that the Solar Powered Water Pump that was installed last year is working great and has pumped water all winter (which was the main challenge). We will be dropping in on Tabo this year in August to take some more photos which we will post here. In the meantime, we are now raising funds for the annual school program to Ladakh... I'll post more info about that soon.
Tabo from high up the mountain
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Created January 6, 2014
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