Category Archives: Daily Life

Jhamtse Blanket Now Several Times More Snugglable!

One lazy, rainy vacation afternoon, Sanjay and Abhijit pay me a visit. Eager for a project, we wind up sewing on some recently received rectangles to the ever-expanding Jhamtse Community Blanket, started back in 2011 and product of the amalgamated … Continue reading

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Fall Vacation Stories – Part 5

Short stories of Fall Vacation, part five of five. Tenzin Lhadron A, Class VII One afternoon when I was sleeping, I was sleeping from 2pm to 4pm. That time my poor and hard-worker and nice mother called me and said, … Continue reading

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Fall Vacation Stories – Part 4

Short stories of Fall Vacation, part four of five. Tenzin Norbu, Class VII My brother came to village and to take clothes and one day brother went in home and in morning brother and me went to Lumla and my … Continue reading

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Fall Vacation Stories – Part 3

Short stories of Fall Vacation, part three of five. Dorjee Wangchu, Class VII Going to Picnic Early in the morning, at the 4am before the children are awake, it was very cold during the autumn season. Amala Yangzom (who takes … Continue reading

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Fall Vacation Stories – Part 2

Short Stories of Fall Vacation, part two of five. Dargey Phuntsok, Class VI Me and my sister went to find wood. We took rope then we went to the jungle. Then me and my sister climbed in the tree. Then … Continue reading

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Fall Vacation Stories – Part 1

Here are some short stories that the kids wrote about their two-week fall vacation, and visiting their families. This is part one of five. Enjoy! Tenzin Lhadron B, Class VII Story about Cucumber and Chutney The wind was silent: woo… … Continue reading

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Autumn Expedition

The other day, Andrea and I were fortunate to get to take Classes IV and pre-K on a walk to the local village Bagar. Their excitement as we departed was explosive, and it was awesome to hear their stories, watch … Continue reading

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“Smile and say ‘predicate nominative!’”

This is what that prompt yielded: Sangey Yudron, Lobsang Yudron, Tashi Lhamu A after which I just stuck to “Avatar” as an alternative. In other words, here are some gems of the kids being over-the-line, but-seriously-tone-it-down-a-notch-guys, probably-actually-what-broke-my-camera-screen adorable in between … Continue reading

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Daily Snaps

A few photos of the kids hanging out (some literally!) over the weekend: Tashi Lhamu A and Sangey Yudron play washing clothes Namgey Chodron A, studying in Ganglha Mani Sangmu and Gungun (Kopila Thapa) on a sunny Sunday afternoon Lobsang … Continue reading

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Time for 45 Days Break

As we know, it’s hard to leave Gatsal for most of the children because they know life is not so easy and comfortable in their home village. Even so, it’s time for winter vacation for pre-K – grade 7. On … Continue reading

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Fighting Fire

Fire fire everywhere! It was a regular school day, snack was finished and we were teaching class 4. We had no idea what was happening until the kids ran out of class screaming “Fire! Fire!” Yes, it was a fire … Continue reading

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Sparkling Smiles & Inspiring New Friends

Do you know that now all the children and staff of Jhamtse are walking around showing their white teeth? One dentist named Aby and an assistant named Alex came from Tezpur to our community. All the students of Jhamtse and … Continue reading

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A New Cow Named Meep

Originally posted on Beezy ‘s Facebook page, and shared with her permission. December 2 was an exciting day at Jhamtse Gatsal! Our first cow arrived. The children of First Parish Church, Berlin, Massachusetts raised money to provide a Jersey cow … Continue reading

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Volleyball Tournament

An interview with the boys of the 3rd place team from the Children’s Day Volleyball Tournament, by Heather B., with translation help from Rinchen Lhamu (Class 9): Heather: The volleyball tournament this year was pretty exciting! Can you tell me … Continue reading

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Sad News, Message of Compassion

Originally posted on Beezy ‘s Facebook page, and shared with her permission. Sometimes the poignancy and power of events affecting the Jhamtse Gatsal community just stop me in my tracks. Yesterday was such a day. It was Children’s Day in … Continue reading

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Fall Day

Originally posted on Beezy ‘s Facebook page, and shared with her permission. A sunny, breezy, 60ish Saturday at Jhamtse Gatsal. A great day for staff/volunteer vs student volleyball, laundry and kite flying. And the power is on, which it usually … Continue reading

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History of Jhamtse Gatsal’s Vision

Originally posted on Beezy ‘s Facebook page, and shared with her permission. Today Judith Webster from Switzerland, and Jerry Zadow and Dr. Craig Ottenstein from the US left Jhamtse Gatsal for home. While they were here, we had the opportunity … Continue reading

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New Rooms for the Staff

Jhamtse Gatsal is a community where all the members have a sense of adjustment without discrimination in the name of religion, caste and age. When some sponsors and volunteers visit here, sometimes due to a shortage of rooms, we local … Continue reading

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Waterslide Fun

We finally got a few quiet weekends for the kids in September. Everybody has an agenda for them, but sometimes we just need to play! It’s starting to feel like the end of summer, but it is definitely still warm … Continue reading

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Cinnamon Cookie Bakers

[singlepic id=1616 w=380 h=285 float=left] First we took all the things for making cookies. We gathered butter, eggs, sugar, salt, cinnamon, flour, baking powder, cups, 3 big spoons, a sifter, a bucket, bowls, and other things. The cinnamon we used … Continue reading

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