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Neue Anschrift und Telefonnummer von Tadra-Büro:

Tadra-Projekt e.V.

Im Rübengarten 5

53773 Hennef-Allner

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Fr. Dr. Youlha Tawo hat im November 2016 den 1. Vorsitz des Tadra-Projektes übernommen.

Sie ist die Tochter der bisherigen Vorsitzenden und Mitbegründern Chöni Tawo und Dr. Lobsang Palden Tawo und wird nun in der 2. Generation die Projektarbeit fortsetzen.

Beruflich ist die 2-fache Mutter als Ärztin in einer Praxis im Rheinland tätig.

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14.September 2016 - My visit to Tadra School / Tenzin Dikyi

Tadra School is the first school for the orphans I have visited in my life. The only person I know who grew up as an orphan is my own father who separated from his native homeland at the age of six and grew up with barely enough food to eat and clothes to wear in India in the early days of Tibetan refugee encampment. From his stories I know that the difficulty a child without a proper home or a care of loving parents can have a long-lasting psychological and emotional effects. Therefore, from a young age my father’s hardships seared an affinity and also a responsibility in me to work for and on behalf of less privileged children. It was only natural that I felt a strong interest and empathy toward Tadra after hearing about the hundreds of children this school has saved and nurtured.
I rounded up two good friends to join me for a site visit to Tadra. The trip began in Beijing from where we embarked on a 14-hour train journey followed by about 6-7 hours drive to Golok. We reached Tadra the next day after dark and didn’t see much except the bright stars and felt the chilly, strong wind of Golok hitting on our faces. We woke up the next morning to the delight of a bright sunrise and three to four children outside our room to greet us and escort us to the canteen for breakfast. The children were dressed in traditional Tibetan garbs and they wore the brightest and the biggest smiles on their faces with bright, rosy cheeks. We then met the school Principal, a young lad in his mid-thirties who graciously acquainted us with the history of the school and the background of the children. While we were having breakfast, the first thing I noticed about the school was all the teachers and children ate the same exact food. There was no distinction or difference between what the children ate and what the staffs ate and I appreciated this sense of equality particularly in a country that strongly espouses hierarchal order.


We then proceeded to the tour of the school. After breakfast, the children read standing on the playground along with the teachers, and this is meant to encourage a reading habit while enjoying the fresh air outside. Experts say that it only takes about 20 minutes of daily reading to cultivate a reading habit and children who read regularly will have more advantage in the long run over children who do not read. I was so happy to see the school has incorporated the reading activity into their schedule to cultivate this vital habit. I also really liked that at the end of each class period they played music as oppose to ringing the alarm or tolling the bell. I reckon the weaving of music into their daily activity makes them happy and more alert. The children then come out to the playground to do the circle dance during the 15-minute break between classes. I marveled at how neatly the school incorporated exercise, music, plus fun into their curriculum. No wonder why these children, who may have seen and experienced more hardship than us children who grew up in a regular household with more privilege and spoiling, seem happier than us. Their happiness also translates into classroom. They are a group of children who couldn’t be more eager and hold more enthusiasm for learning and knowledge.
What I found most amazing and inspiring that brought tears, sent shrivers down my spine, and made my heart smile was the children’s sense of solidarity among them and how pure they spoke in our native Tibetan language. They spoke very proper and eloquent Tibetan that I felt ashamed to call myself a Tibetan. I am a Tibetan born outside of Tibet and I struggle to speak in my native language. Research has shown we all have a deeply personal and important relationship with our own native tongues and how traumatic it can be when that relationship is ruptured. There were times in America when I almost lost my native tongue and I felt disconnected from my roots and lost and disgruntled. After investing some time and relearning did I finally feel reconnected and felt a sense of belongingness to this particular culture and society. While I deeply value diversity and the importance of being open to every culture, language, and religion, there is no replacement for ethnicity. Seeing the children speak in pure and beautiful Tibetan inspired me to continue learning with the hope of revitalizing my childhood language so I don’t lose the ability to reach far back into my own private history since language is memory’s receptacle. I also would never want to lose the language, which is the thread that tethers together my past, present, and future and to these children, the treasure trove of Tibet.


From my entire observation at Tadra, what I appreciated the most is how they treat all children equally and exactly the same. One of my personal passion is working on advancing the lives of disabled population. Discrimination against disabled people and stigma against them are significantly higher in Asian countries. Their issues are more serious and more difficult in developing and poorer regions around the world. Since disability rights is something close to my heart, I am so grateful that Tadra school was inclusive of disabled orphaned children, among whom there are many children that are suffering from low-vision, some even can be categorized as legally blind.
From my experience working on disability rights, I know that leadership is about making a person a better whole or transforming into a whole person. Whenever possible we have to create sustainable change to benefit not just oneself but more importantly people around us. From this trip to Tadra, I felt these children have helped me become a better person and contributed to my growth more than me helping them. From them I learned the importance of human warmth and how there could never be enough kindness in this world. From them, I see that warmth is the most important factor or quality in a human, much more than competence and I hope that these children will go on to have bright futures and be the future leaders that our world desperately needs.


In sum, I am grateful for the opportunity to visit the school and I hope to have more opportunities to help the school. I also suspect that many of the generous donors of the school will likely come across this reflection piece and I would be remiss if I didn’t thank you for your generosity, kindness, and love you all extended to the Tadra children. After visiting these kids and spending time with them, I can assure you that your donation has been well spent and we all would appreciate your continuous support. For these children without parents at Tadra they told me Tadra is their world and they owe everything to Tadra School. For these children the best way to break out of their poverty and difficulty is education. You all have helped them break out of poverty and open the world of all possibilities before them - for that, my respect and gratitude to all of you has no limits.

 

 

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unsere Hausmüttern in DAWU /KHAM

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Januar 2016 DAWU

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29.Mai 2015

Spendenaktion der Lippetalschule (Klasse 7f)

Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren,

wir haben versucht, uns für Tibet einzusetzen. 224,75 € Spenden in unserem Dorf gesammelt. Wir waren vor Supermärkten, sind von Haus zu Haus gegangen, standen vor einem Eiscafé und haben mit zwei selbstgebastelten Sammelboxen am Schulkiosk in den Pausen Geld gesammelt. Dann haben wir beim Elternsprechtag Waffeln gebacken und diese verkauft. Das Geld, dass wir gesammelt haben, hat unser Lehrer für Gesellschaftslehre, Herr Dr. Vedder, an das Tadraprojekt überwiesen. Wir haben eigene Infozettel erstellt und die Menschen haben überwiegend positiv auf die Spendenaktion reagiert. In drei Siebener Klassen der Schule (7a, 7c und wir, die 7f) haben wir verschiedene Aktionen gestar-tet und diesen Brief gemeinsam an Sie. Wir haben uns alle freiwillig dafür entschieden, dass wir Tibet unterstützen. Ab jetzt werden wir jedes Jahr eine Info-Aktion starten und Ihr Projekt mit Spenden unterstützen.

Mit freundlichen Grüßen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 3, 2015

It has now become an established Tradition in both Villages to dance together in the evenings, and this strengthens everyone's sense of togetherness.

 

 

MAY 1, 2015

Working together to prepare the festival commemorating 10 years of the Golok Children's Village.

 

<12>April 15, Golok

The children practise the traditional art of debating and logic.

ཇི་སྐད་དུ། རིགས་པས་བརྡར་ཤ་མ་བཅད་གཞུང་དོན་ལ།།ཚིག་སྤྱིའི་གོ་བ་ལམ་ཙམ་ཡོད་ན་ཡང་།།བརྒལ་ཞིང་བརྟག་ཚེ་བྱེ་མའི་འཆིང་བུ་ལྟར།།འགྱུར་ཕྱིར་རིགས་པའི་གསང་ཚིག་ཞིབ་ཏུ་སློབས།།གསུངས་པ་བཞིན་གྲྭ་གྲོང་སུ་ཡིན་ཡང་རིགས་ལམ་ལ་མ་སྦྱངས་ན་གཞུང་ལུགས་ཟབ་མོ་ལ་གོ་བ་མི་ལོན་པ་དང་རྣམ་དཔྱོད་ཤེས་རབ་ཡར་རྒྱས་སུ་འགྲོ་དཀའ་བས། སྦྱང་བྱ་ཚང་མ་རྩོད་པའི་ལམ་ནས་བརྡར་ཤ་གཅོད་རྒྱུ་དེ་ཤིན་ཏུ་ནས་ཀྱང་གལ་ཆེ་བའི་གནས་སོ།།༼མགོ་ལོག་རྟ་བྲག་དྭ་ཕྲུག་སློབ་གྲྭའི་དམའ་འབྲིང་སློབ་མ་ཚོའི་དེ་རིང་གི་རྩོད་པའི་རྣམ་པ།༽

 

 

March 29, 2015

Three of our Tadra girls from Golok, aged between 14 and 16 years, gave an interview on the regional radio in Xining about their life. Their confident appearance, inner maturity and eloquence made a huge impression, and we are very proud of them.