My Voice, Our Equal Future
International Day of the Girl 2020
October 11 is International Day of The Girl Child and the theme is My Voice, Our Equal Future. This special day recognises the changes and developments in the rights of girls, as well as the awareness of the unique and pressing challenges millions of young girls face around the world today. The right to a healthy life, with equitable treatment and access to basic needs, should be given to each and every adolescent girl, but equality is not always forthcoming, especially when it comes to girls' education around the world and their prospective chances of achieving financial success.
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Life in Lumla During the Coronavirus Lockdown
As you read this message, we hope you are well and are practising measures to keep yourself and your family safe and healthy during the Coronavirus outbreak. We, the members of the Tara Bodong Committee, are also staying indoors as much as possible and practising social distancing to try to limit the spread of the disease.
Our daughters at the Lumla Bodong Nunnery/Girls’ School are coping very well with the restrictions that are now in effect throughout India to try to limit the spread of the disease. Like the rest of the country, Lumla and its surrounding villages are in a state of lockdown. Luckily, the girls are now on the six-week annual school summer holiday break. All of them are spending their holidays at the nunnery.
The girls spend most of their days completing chores around the facility, helping to care for the younger ones and playing games with one another of course! In the afternoons, they practice their handicraft skills such as weaving, under the watchful eye of House Mum, Pema Deki and her assistant Tashi Drema. For more information on Monpa traditional crafts, click here.
So far, we are happy to report that there are no indications that any of our girls or staff members has contracted Covid-19. There are also no reports of any symptoms among them. In the meantime, everyone is taking extra precautions to ensure good hygiene, sanitation and social distancing, as instructed by the Indian Government and the WHO.
Next summer will mark a significant milestone for the Tara Bodong Foundation. Six of our girls will be completing their elementary (upper-primary) school education. This is a milestone for the Lumla Bodong Nunnery/Girls’ School and evidence that our mission is being accomplished! According to the Indian education system, children are required to go to school until the age of 14 years. These six girls who have or will attain that age by the end of the next school year, will now be able to use this diploma to make smart choices about their future for the first time in their lives! We, at Tara Bodong will support them with guidance and funding to give them the best possible options.
During the coming year, we will work with their teachers and the girls themselves to help them choose the best way forward. Those who have the ability, will be encouraged to continue their studies and maybe even go on to university. Others who may not have the academic ability, will be encouraged to learn a technical skill or craft that they can use to eventually earn an income and become self-sufficient.
Regardless of what they choose for their next step in life, these six girls will not be following blindly in their parents’ footsteps as child brides or manual labourers. This is the impact of our sponsorship programme and we are grateful!
Since 2014, each girl in residence at our Lumla Nunnery/Girls’ School has received individual sponsorship and we are pleased to see our programme bearing fruit by producing young women with choices and a chance for a better future. With our support and encouragement these inspiring young women are on their way to becoming independent thinkers who will help improve the situation in their local communities for generations to come.
If you would like to support the Tara Bodong Foundation on a regular basis, please download the TB Monthly General Support Form, complete it, sign it and send the form either by post or scan it in and send it by e-mail.
The Tara Bodong Foundation also offers an Individual Sponsorship Programme. You can sponsor one of our young girls for just €45 per month and help them get an education, lodging, clothing, food and anything else they might need. If you consider taking on this responsibility, please download the TB Individual Sponsorship Form, complete it, sign it and send the form either by post, or scan it in and send it by email.
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