Despite being a site of major cultural and spiritual significance, the convent had fallen into disrepair and the nuns, many of whom had risked their lives to escape to Deboche from persecution in Tibet, suffered from lack of adequate sanitation, cooking facilities, and protection from the harsh Himalayan winters.
Starting in 2006, we made small improvements, including installation of a water line, sanitary facilities, a new cooking stove and smaller stoves for the nuns' cottages, roofing, insulation and greenhouse projects. We teamed with the Seattle chapter of Architects Without Borders to design a new residence, teaching, and meditation space and were busy fundraising for this large-scale project.
Architect Laura Rose and Project Coordinator Mingma Tenzin confer with the nuns about the building plans.
Then the 2015 earthquakes hit, devastating the convent and much of the rest of the country. Funding dried up, as resources were diverted to other projects. The government, overwhelmed by the disaster and volume of response, became more challenging to deal with.
We have regrouped and are now both a charity in the USA and a NGO in Nepal, with the green light to proceed. Plans for the nuns' residence building have been updated, and are earthquake-resistant.
We are moving forward quickly! Over 30 workers are on site, and progress on the building is being made daily.
Here the foundation is being finished.
Here the framing for the windows and doors are being set in place.
We will continue to post updates as we receive new photos from the site.
Why we started this campaign.
We have raised about 90% of our funding goal, but we need your help to finish this building before the winter snows. Please make a tax deductible donation. Every penny you contribute will go to completing this project.
To learn more about the Deboche Project, visit our website .
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