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Location: 15 ° and 75 ° O. L. N.B.
This is a protective area ‘, that is that one can only stay with a special permit.
Many refugees came from the monasteries and built some new monasteries in India.
The first 10 years of stay in India, the monks were forced into Buxa, a former British prison camp to stay close to the border with Bhutan. In 1969, the Indian government gave several pieces of land in Tibet to build up colonies. One of those documents was Mundgod where a vast dense jungle. There even were still wild elephants! For four years, employed about 250 monks who had survived all previous hardships. With their bare hands they mined the jungle, made bricks out of clay and built cottages. It took 20 years before the two monasteries began to grow with the arrival of new refugees. These monasteries are rebuilt and the Drepung Monastery Gade. In Tibet, lived here until the Chinese invasion about 13,000 monks.
In Mundgod live about 7,000 people (out of a total population of 18,000 people) in the monasteries. The rest live in nine small villages in the area. In each of these villages dwell 500 to 1000 people. They are called Camp 1 t / m 9. Most have a small house and a piece of land. For the harvest they are dependent on the monsoon rains. Sometimes there is a good rain year, but years with too little rain also common. There is a lot of unemployment because the Indian government prohibits refugees to perform work that can be done by Indians.
For example, all construction workers and laborers Indians. Tibetans are limited to working their land and street vending. Especially with the men this often leads to a lot of boredom and frustration.
The monasteries in Tibet were always a lot of land that was leased to farmers and nomads. Of the lease and the offerings of the laity they could exist. In India, the monasteries little country and the civilian population is poor. Moreover, there was a constant influx of new refugees until 2012. There is no longer a traditional support base, which is constantly threatened their survival. However, there are many teachers uitzwerven over the world (the West but also in Asia, Taiwan, Japan, Malaysia) and received many gifts. The monasteries regularly organize tours with performances, making them generate income. Finally, there are all kinds of foundations such as the Dolma contributing their bit to the preservation of the Tibetan people and Tibetan culture.
Under the inspiring leadership of the Dalai Lama, the Tibetans in exile are based in India since 1959. The time of extreme poverty and hunger is fortunately over. By its own initiative and activities and the support from abroad has alleviated extreme hardship. That is certainly not to say that there is now no longer need help. The economic base of this community is extremely weak: little paid work and no tax revenue for the government. The growth stagnates, M. N. by strict border controls by the Chinese occupiers. Much better educated young people leave for countries outside India and hope to find work there.
When requests for individual sponsorships we look carefully at the individual situation. Orphans and half-orphans, the chronically ill and the elderly are supported by us as much as possible. The Dolma Foundation sponsors people both in the monasteries and villages.
Below show wj in Google maps Jangsten the Gaden monastery in Lama Camp 1. Scroll to the top and everything other villages.