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Rinchen was one of the first kids accepted to Jhamtse Gatsal in 2006. He is interested in attending university. He is using this year as a “gap year” to help at Jhamtse Gatsal while he decides what to study. A budding entrepreneur, currently he is leading a vermicomposting project on campus.
From the student newspaper: The Voice
This year, Rinchen, a graduated student of Jhamtse Gatsal is taking up the project of vermicomposting at the Community. Rinchen Tsering is an ex-Grade 12 student of Jhamtse Gatsal. As an alternative career path, he has taken up the vermicomposting initiative of Jhamtse Gatsal. He has a flair for business and wants to develop his entrepreneurship skills. Previously, the vermicomposting pit was located near the cob house, but now, it is being expanded, and shifted to the greenhouse area near the guest house.
Vermicompost is natural fertilizer produced by worms. Worms are put in the soil along with waste material like cardboard, banana leaf, cow dung and left over food, which gets eaten by the worms. The excretory remains of the worms mix with the soil and make it very fertile. This compost is mixed with the soil in the gardens and it acts as a natural fertilizer.
The new vermicomposting pit is 16 ft long and 4 ft wide. The concrete structure is divided into 8 smaller pits to be filled with the waste matter to be converted into compost. The construction began a month back. The walls and the base have been completed. Now, the process of making the roof has begun. The working hours are from 9 AM to 4 PM. Rinchen says, wiping the sweat off his brow, “I think I’ve learned a lot from this experience, from materials to budgeting.”
Below is an interview with Rinchen that originally appeared on The Jhamtse International Blog.
Q. Do you have some thoughts to share with the sponsors or donors of Jhamtse Gatsal?
A. There is saying ‘a blind person can’t walk without a stick’. Without the support and contribution of your kindness, we are helpless, even if we have potential and talent. I want to say “Thank you” on the behalf of all the students of Jhamtse Gatsal. I promise that when I grow older, I will also work for others. I will support and help others when they need.
Q. What do you want to tell your younger siblings at Jhamtse Gatsal?
A. I want to tell my siblings at Gatsal that the students of Jhamtse are the luckiest kids in this world. We have a huge family to support and guide for us. Study hard and be kind. Never give up in your life. Try to achieve your goal to support other people. Many people achieve their goals but few people support others.
Q. What does Jhamtse Gatsal mean to you?
A. Jhamtse Gatsal is my home. It is not only a school for me, but I think of Jhamtse Gatsal is more meaningful. Students learn Arts, Music, Dance and Sports. Jhamtse Gatsal is home for the students to discover their talents and potentials. It is a home where they get care, love and guidance.
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