The Children's Village in Kham

The Children's Village is situated in the small town of Dawu in the former Tibetan province of Kham. The greater part of the population is made up of nomads, of whom 80% are still illiterate and live extremely arduous lives.

East Tibetans are known as Khampas and are easily distinguished by their sharp features and great height. Their courage and fearlessness are legendary. They are excellent horse riders and have much in common with the North American Indians. Astonishing similarities are found in their methods of warfare as well as the patterns they use in their weaving.

Location of the Dawu project
East Tibetan women, Khamo
Man from East Tibet, a Khampa

Dawu

Dawu can be reached by car in some six hours from the former Tibetan border town of Dartsedo (Chinese, Kanting) by way of Minya and Gartak. The town lies in a beautiful valley with luxurious vegetation. Most of the Tibetans in this area live outside the town while in the meantime the town itself has for the most part become populated by Chinese settlers. Despite decades of senseless deforestation, some woodland has survived in Eastern Tibet, and the landscape is somewhat redolent of that of Switzerland or Austria.

Landscape in Kham

The Children’s Village

Our children’s village lies about three kilometers west of Dawu in the village of Dzinä on a bend in a river. The plot of land is approximately 250,000 m² in size and is protected by a wall. It lies directly on the main trade route leading to Drango further in the west.

The Children’s Village in Dawu