Category Archives: Improvements

The Concept of Beauty at School

‘Art reflects the beauty of human soul.’ I read this line somewhere, and at that time I thought what is the beauty of a human soul? With time, I came to understand that art reflects the most undefined and abstract … Continue reading

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Experiential Learning Opportunities

Many supporters of Jhamtse Gatsal will be happy to hear about the recent additions to the Jhamtse Gatsal staff and skill set. We now have a very skilled carpenter on staff who has been working on creating some beautiful and … Continue reading

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Experiential Education

The children at Jhamtse Gatsal have always been involved in all projects at the Children’s Community, whether building — assisting in the new bathhouse construction, helping the driver with car repair, painting, and doing all the tasks necessary in the … Continue reading

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New Tibetan Music Teacher

Here are some new pictures from our community! First, Jhamtse has a new, young, Tibetan traditional music teacher. Her name is Tenzin Yangkey. She teaches sometimes in the classroom, and sometimes out in the beautiful Gatsal nature. The children are … Continue reading

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Quakes and Carpentry

The “wooden cathedrals” are nearly disappearing. Why? Not because of the earthquake we had last week. It was fortunately very little for us at Jhamtse Gatsal. When it happened, I was in my room and meditating…and than I felt suddenly … Continue reading

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Blankets

Our four amalas are excited to have 25 new blankets for the children.  They are made of Polartec, contributed by Aaron and Louise Feuerstein. The Polartec blankets will be much easier to wash and dry than other blankets at Jhamtse … Continue reading

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The Sun Shines at Jhamtse Gatsal

At last the sun is shining at Jhamtse Gatsal. The children are studying in the sunshine. They have discovered that their new umbrellas, provided by volunteer Suzanne Bader, from Switzerland, are helpful in sunshine as well as rain. Exams start … Continue reading

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Inauguration of our very own Taj Mahal

The much awaited bathhouse, aka the Taj Mahal of Jhamtse Gatsal Children’s Community, was inaugurated on July 13, 2011. We embarked upon the journey of constructing the bathhouse back in 2009, thanks to the hard work of young volunteers like … Continue reading

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A Beautiful Bath-House

Some  pictures  taken during the painting of our new toilet & bath house by the staff. They all did a great job & and their enthusiastic creativity saved lots of money ….. We are putting the finishing touches on this … Continue reading

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Director Conducts 2-Part Food Safety Workshop

Recently, our Director, Gan Lobsang Phuntsok la conducted a workshop for Gatsal kitchen staff on food safety. All the other staff, including office and teaching staff were also invited to attend, and participated with enthusiasm. The overall topics covered included … Continue reading

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Home Improvement

Everyone is very handy at Jhamtse Gatsal!  Recently, a bunch of the students had fun getting dirty, while creating a new clay oven for the purpose of heating water for bathing, now that the weather is getting cold.  Here are … Continue reading

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New Sanitation and Hygiene Committee

In order to put in concerted effort to further improve cleanliness and sanitation around the Jhamtse Gatsal Campus, a new committee, namely, the Sanitation and Hygiene Committee, has been constituted. Gatsal School Nurse, Miss Nandita Devi & Mr. Ngawang la, … Continue reading

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Gatsal Teachers Prepare Lesson Plans

Fulfilling a major educational goal set for this year’s academic session, our teachers have begun preparing lesson plans on weekly basis, in order to achieve their daily teaching goals. The plan had been there for a long time, but owing … Continue reading

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Snacks for the Kids

While she was here, Suzanne had the great idea to bring the children some afternoon snacks for all their hard work preparing for the play.   The kids really needed the extra energy to get through the play and the … Continue reading

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New Principal

Today is an important day here at Jhamtse Gatsal Children’s Community – we have a new principal!  His good name is Tenzin Shastri, and he was educated at Banaras University.  All the members of our community heartily welcomed him and … Continue reading

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Building The Bath-house

To help meet the needs of the growing number of students, Jhamtse Gatsal is having a Bath-house constructed. The first stage has been constructing metal columns.  It should be two stories when it is finished. The kids enjoy watching the … Continue reading

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Water Filtration Project

As water is big problem at Jhamtse Gatsal,  the project of slow sand filtration has been started in August ’09 under the guidance of Jerry Z. All the children of fifth standard are also involved in the project. They are … Continue reading

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Community Outreach 1st Success

On August 19th, a successful meeting of government teachers from many villages in this remote region was held at Jhamtse Gatsal, with the purpose of initiating a program of community outreach and support by Jhamtse Gatsal – a way to … Continue reading

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Kitchen Improvement!

As the community grows and improves, so has the kitchen.  In the last 2 months, the space available for preparation, cooking, and washing has expanded out the backside of the indoor part of the kitchen.  There is a new clay … Continue reading

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Village Initiatives

During my visit this summer, I’ve been privileged to get to join in the beginnings of an exciting new outreach initiative of Gatsal. While visiting the villages to scout for children this July, Lobsang began networking and meeting with local … Continue reading

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