The Bon Children`s Home (BCH) and The Bon Children`s Welfare Center
The Bon Children's Home and The Bon Children's Welfare Center are located in Dolanji, Himachal Pradesh, India. These organizations are dedicated to educating and caring for Bon children whose families are in exile. Many children have been orphaned, or their families are too poor to care for them. All are here to receive an education that includes learning about their Bon-heritage.
The Bon Children`s Home counts today more than 280 children in the age from 3 to 20 years. Most of them are under 6 years old and need most attention.
Only 7 very dynamic and admirable persons take care of all these children and support the director of the home and school and abbot of the Bon monastery, Lha-Tri Khenpo Nyima Dakpa Rinpoche, in his daily work:
1 cook and his aid
Today, the home has a total of 4 buildings: a kitchen (with a storage area), a dormitory for the girls (with a dining hall and a separate area for the youngest children), a dormitory for the boys, and the office. In the past, 3 to 4 children had to share one bed, and perhaps even one blanket!
Faced with such circumstances, each child contributes in his or her own way. Some help with the smaller children — washing and feeding the little ones. Others assist with the serving of food, or the laundry — which is especially hard in the winter when the water approaches the freezing point. While these efforts never impinge on the time devoted to scholastics, every student is thus able to add what they can to the community
Despite facing such challenges, it is the policy of BCH never to turn down a child in need. In January 2004, 40 new children (many of whom are extremely young) unexpectedly arrived at the school. With no one else for them to turn to, BCH gladly accepted responsibility for all of them. Since large groups of new arrivals such as this are not an uncommon occurrence, the Bon Children`s Home is always greatly appreciative of any donation.
“Caring for these children and instilling in them an appreciation for their unique Bon heritage, gives me the remarkable motivation required to undertake so many different tasks for their benefit. However, it is only with your support and donations that I will be able to provide the children with their basic everyday needs of water, food, clothing, and medicine. If you are in anyway touched to help us here at BCH, your kind contribution will help insure a bright future for these children.
Every day you make a difference in the life of a child.
Every child makes a difference in preserving a culture.
Thank you very much for your support!
The BCH is an open organisation and is any time happy to welcome you at its guest house. If you wish to visit the BCH, please send an email to me.” — said us BCH-administrator Lha-Tri Khenpo Nyima Dakpa Rinpoche