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The effects of globalisation and climate change are great challenges for the environment and the culture of the Dolpo region. As disposable articles and plastic wrappings are quite easily available these days, more and more garbage is being produced without the adequate means of disposing it. Climate change now brings rain at times, where before it was dry, and sometimes the rain does not come at times when it should and is badly needed. Thousands of people come every year to certain places in Dolpo to harvest a precious medicinal herb, cordyceps, and destroy pastures and fields in their wake.

 

The Dolpo Tulku Charitable Foundation (DTCF) conducts awareness programs with regard environmental issues and improves the infrastructure in the region building and renovating bridges.

 

Concerning the conservation of culture, the DTCF supports the renovation of temples, the rebuilding of religious objects like stupas and the yearly publication of a magazine about the culture and the history of Dolpo.

 


 

Monastery Roofing Project in Dolpo 

The effects of globalization and climate change are great challenges for the environment and the culture of the Dolpo region. Due to unseasonal and heavy rainfalls, the cultural heritage sites in Dolpo were deteriorating every year.

During 17 days of walk the international team of Upaya`s Nomads Clinic visited together with Dolpo Tulku Rinpoche nine different villages in September 2018. 

In all these places they found the traditional buildings, above all the historically important monasteries, in alarming condition: leaky roofs, weathered outer walls, inside already dramatically damaged wall paintings.

Therefore, Dolpo Tulku Charitable Foundation (DTCF) is leading this initiative of supporting the renovation work of these monasteries starting from 2019 onwards. As a first step the foundation proposed to provide Colour Coated Tin Sheet for Roofing which is easy to use, durable, environment-friendly, fully recyclable and economical to work with. In close cooperation with the DTCF the local population will collaborate in renovating the monastery, which is one of the most important monuments in the Buddhist community.

 

Estimated costs: 19.200 Euro / 21,380 USD

 


 

Renovation of monasteries and wall paintings 

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To renovate monasteries and their invaluable wall paintings, like at Champa Gompa in Dho Tarap, a 700-year-old temple, which is still being used today, different building materials, paint, artists, and workers are needed. Roofs, windows, and doors need to be repaired, new plastering needs to be applied, old paintings need to be restored or sometimes redone completely. This is the only way to preserve this precious cultural heritage.

 

Renovation of the Pema Samdup Chöling Monastery, Kawasoti

The DTCF supported the renovation of the monastery in 2017 with 1.300 Euro / 1,550 USD

 


 

Renovation of the Stupas of Champa Tempel in Dho Tarap

The Stupas of Champa Tempel were built 700 years ago by the Mustang king Amapal. In the last decades, their condition got so bad, that they were renovated in 2011. But the rainfalls in the following summers were so heavy, caused by climate change, that they crumbled and the earth around them was swept away. Now taking these environmental factors into consideration, they will be renovated again.

 

The Stupas, a cultural heritage site originally built in the 14th century, represent an important contribution to preserve Dolpo culture, its history and enriches religious life in the region. The renovations were carried out by professional workmanship, local lay workers and by the Lamas, who carefully attended to place holy texts and objects into the Stupas during each structural construction phase. All this helped validate the population in the region as well as inspire a reconnection with the cultural and historical significance of the Stupas.

 

Costs: 33.600 Euro / 37,260 USD

 

 

Information about the stupa project of the Champa Tempel

Concept note (Stupa-Renovation-Project)

Stupas-Renovation-Report 

 


 

Yearly magazine about Dolpo, its culture, religion, and history 

 

In the past, most of what needed to be learned was transmitted orally from teacher to student. The same goes for stories. Crafts were simply shown to the student and repeated until mastered. Now that globalisation has reached Dolpo, the social structures are deteriorating rapidly with a younger generation mainly learning in school and leaving the region to get higher education in Kathmandu. To preserve the history including the influence of local historic figures, document the traditional crafts and lifestyle, and the two main religions of Bön and Buddhism the DTCF publishes a yearly magazine called “Himalaya Lengteg Magazine“. The first issue was published in 2012.

 

Estimated costs: ca. 1.000 Euro / 1,100 USD per magazine

 


 

Fire in the Kimri Village / Mugu District

Early May 2018 a devastating fire burnt down the homes of 18 families in the Kimri Village, near Dolpo. Within a few minutes the lives of the affected were obliterated. Behause of the remoteness of the village it is impossible to transport emergency goods there by car or truck. Therefore Dolpo Tulku Rinpoche decided when he was asked for help, to provide each Family with 500 USD, so they could buy whatever they needed most and could access easily. This includes plastic tarps, food items and wood.

 

Estimated costs: 8.100 Euro /9,000 USD

Report of the fire in Kimri 

 

Pictures of the village before and during the catastrophe

 

 


 

Plastic Awareness Campaign 

One of the main concerns of the Tulku Charitable Foundation (DTCF) is the protection of the environment, not only in Dolpo but all over Nepal. Since the inception of the organization 2008 several awareness programs about garbage and especially the harmfulness of plastic have been conducted by Dolpo Tulku Rinpoche. 2016 other organizations like the youth group Hyolmo Helping Hands (HHH) joined in conduction the campaign “SAY NO TO THE PLASTIC” to educate the general population on the impact of plastic and ways to reduce its use through different mediums such as power point presentation, audio and visual information. Additionally activities such as the collection of plastic, garbage and the cleaning of rivers were conducted.

Annual costs: 900 Euro / 1,000 USD 

 

 

Students cleaning the near by river of their school in Solokhumbu under the guidance of Dolpo Tulku Rinpoche


 

Renovation and building of bridges

The aim of this program is renovate or completely rebuild 11 bridges all over Dolpo, so they can withstand the strong waterflow in the summer. The bridges are an essential part of the infrastructure in the region as they allow people to access their fields and pastures; children can go to school and sick people can go to health stations. Many times though, the bridges get swept away from the string currents in the summer, when the snow in the Himalayas melts. After the water recedes, the repairs are mostly just superficial, laving the structures vulnerable to be swept away again the next year. Therefore the DTCF finances projects, where the support for the bridges is fixed with chicken wire and stabilised with wood structures held together by iron fixtures. By 2014 two bridges were completed with a total expenditure of 8.000 € / 9,000 USD.

Estimated costs: ca. 5.000 Euro / 5,500 USD to 10.000 Euro / 11.000 USD
per bridge, depending of the current state of it and its location

Report on the renovation of the bridges in Dho Tarap and Tingyu 

Short Videoclip about the Tingyu bridge

Bridge project 2016/17 – The Lonje Bridge in Dho Tarap

Dolpo Tulku Rinpoche explains the bridge project and the plan for the Shingtsa bridge in Saldang


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