Shoes for Orphans in Bhutan
Organized by: Sesha & Gautam Gadey
EVENT DATE Oct 25, 2014
As many of you know, during our time in Bhutan this summer, we did a 4-day trek in the Himalayas. Starting off in Thimpu, we began the climb through a muddy forest, stopping periodically to acclimatize to the rapidly thinning air. Three hours and over 11,000 feet later, we reached the entrance to Phajoding Monastery, near which our first campsite was pitched. The site had been founded in the 13th century, though the buildings were mostly from the 17th century.
On our way to our tent, we were lucky enough to run into Lama Namgay, one of the head monks, and Sasha Wakefield, the English teacher, who both kindly invited us to tea and cookies. We met several of the monks -- children ranging from 5 through their teens -- who were just returning from their English lessons and eager to practice with us.
We were really impressed with Lama Namgay's dedication over the past 2 years to transforming the monastery from a remote and desolate location to a thriving place of education for these orphaned and impoverished children -- so that they can use their English and computer skills towards a bright future, whether or not they choose to remain monks.
We learned that until a few years ago, the children were barefoot, whether climbing up and down that mountain (since there is no other way of getting to the monastery) or playing soccer in the mountainous snow. Now, they wear sandals or Crocs (in the picture to the left), which are barely better in those cold temperatures.
As we moved on to higher altitudes in the mountains and our next campsites, we knew we wanted to help support the education and livelihood of these orphaned and impoverished children by starting with some of their basic needs, such as closed footwear.
We would love to have our family and friends join us in buying socks and New Balance shoes for these children by contributing $20, $40, or $60 - whatever amount you'd like. We are also very grateful for New Balance's kind and generous support of our efforts!
Feel free to mail us a check if you're not in support of the credit card fees through this site. Please e-mail us and we'll send you the address.
Check out the monastery's website@: http://phajodingmonastery.com
- Sesha and Gautam