Governor Himachal To Be Chief Guest At School For Slum Children

Dharamshala: Governor Pradesh Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar is scheduled to be at Tong-Len Charitable Trust School, an institution for slum children, on 19th November. He will be the Chief Guest at the “Thanks Day” function, an annual program of the Trust to thank the people and communities that support the cause of slum children.

Monk Jamyang, Director of Tong-Len Charitable Trust said , “Padma Shri Dr. Omesh Bharti, renowned medical scientist, will preside over the function and Prof. Ajai Srivastava, a human rights activist and chairman of Umang Foundation will be the guest of honour.”

Monk Jamyang said Tong-Len Charitable Trust was set up in December 2004 to support desperately poor communities in the Dharamsala area of Himachal Pradesh. Its prime focus has been in supporting the educational needs of the children from these communities. It has established its own school and provides hostel accommodation. It also engages in health work. The founder and Director of Tong-Len Charitable Trust, Therchin Gyaltsen (Jamyang), had a vision to help destitute Indian children, seen begging in the streets and scavenging in the rubbish dumps, gain access to education.

He said the Tong-Len Charitable Trust started its work at Charan Khadd near Dharamsala in 2004 to transform the lives of slum dwellers, particularly children. The Trust adopted the slum children for providing them quality education and vocational training, who would earlier engage in begging and rag picking.

Under the Educational Project of the Trust as many as 346 children are receiving school education at the moment at its institute in Sarah near Dharamsala.

“As many as 90 of the slum children have completed their higher education of vocational training. Many of them have become Engineer, Tourism Management Professionals, Doctor of Physiotherapy, Artist and Journalist. About 5000 poor people are the beneficiaries of the Trust’s health project, supported by The Dalai Lama Trust, in and around Kangra Valley. The beneficiaries of the Vocational Training Center are mostly poor women,” added Monk Jamyang.

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