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The foundation of the Paying Kindness Forward Fund is gratitude and responsibility

The original idea for this fund came directly from the older students at Jhamtse Gatsal. The children feel a deep-seated responsibility, rooted in the fabric of Jhamtse family values, to honor the kindness of our supporters and sponsors by “giving back” to society. 

Graduates of the 2018 class are finding ways to pay your kindness forward.

Graduates of the 2018 class are finding ways to pay your kindness forward.

The children of Jhamtse Gatsal, including recent graduates, are true Jhamtse Ambassadors.  These future leaders in diverse fields, such as education, healthcare, childcare, environmental sustainability, agriculture and culinary arts, plan on giving back to their native people (the Monpa tribe) and the world-at-large. 

The idea for this fund came directly from the older students at Jhamtse Gatsal. The children feel a deep-seated responsibility to honor the kindness of our supporters by “giving back” to society. This Fund will provide Jhamtse Gatsal graduates with the additional financial resources they may need to further their education or start an entrepreneurial enterprise on their journey to paying your kindness forward.

The Paying Kindness Forward Fund will nurture our mission to rebuild the human community and rekindle the human spirit

Tsering Gombu joined the Community in 2006. He has expressed a desire to study the traditional Thangka art form. A thangka is a Tibetan Buddhist scroll painting, often with Buddhas or mandalas. THANG KA is a Tibetan word which means ‘recorded message’.

Tsering Gombu joined the Community in 2006. He has expressed a desire to study the traditional Thangka art form. A thangka is a Tibetan Buddhist scroll painting, often with Buddhas or mandalas. THANG KA is a Tibetan word which means ‘recorded message’.

This fund will provide seed funding to graduates who need to further their education and/or start a business.  Some of the Jhamtse Gatsal grads will attend University, College or Vocational training programs, while others will take a different path on their journey towards “giving back.” 

For example,a student is on the path to become a doctor.  The costs to attend a medical college could be up to $12,000 per year.  Let’s assume the student is fully sponsored at $4,000 per year as part of our ongoing sponsorship program and that the generosity of our sponsors will continue through college graduation. This means the student will still need an additional $8,000 per year to pursue her dream of becoming a doctor.  The student wants to “give back” to society by serving her region. She will be able to use the Jhamtse Gatsal Paying Kindness Forward Fund to obtain the additional funding she needs. In years to come, we hope the student will be able to contribute to the fund, to help her siblings at Jhamtse Gatsal.

For example, Tenzin plans on setting up a Tibetan Medicine practice near Jhamtse Gatsal.  The organic plant products for her medicines may be provided by Tenzin Yudron who wants to become a Horticulturist specializing in medicinal plants.  The entrepreneurial-minded Rinchen Tsering wants to start an Eco-spiritual tourism business in the Tawang region, near Jhamtse Gatsal.  Dorjee Norbu, who is pursuing a variety of courses at the prestigious Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, may make a good partner for Rinchen.

A graduate of Jhamtse Gatsal wants to start a local business rather than attend university.  This entrepreneurial student has demonstrated vocational skills and a passion for earthen construction.  Thanks to our collaborative partnership with House Alive, this student has received all of the training and certification necessary while living at Jhamtse Gatsal.  Let’s assume this student needs $15,000 to purchase the materials needed to launch their business.  This student who wants to “give back” to society will be able to use the fund to obtain the $15,000 they need to provide earthen homes for people living in the villages surrounding Jhamtse Gatsal. 

The Jhamtse Gatsal Paying Kindness Forward Fund augments our Sponsorship Program by providing additional funds that are needed beyond the student’s current sponsorship.  For example, most government colleges in India cost $4,000 per year.  If a graduate of Jhamtse Gatsal is fully sponsored and attends a government college, s/he will not need to use the fund.  If a fully sponsored graduate of Jhamtse Gatsal attends a university that costs $6,000 per year, s/he will be able to use the fund to obtain the additional $2,000 per year that s/he needs.

The Paying Kindness Forward Fund is a seeding and nurturing program. 
It is not a loan program. 

Kelsang, home from college, teaches Karsang to take a selfie.

Kelsang, home from college, teaches Karsang to take a selfie.

As the foundation of the fund is gratitude and responsibility, Jhamtse Gatsal graduates plan on “giving back” in numerous ways.  Some intend to “give back” by donating a part of their income to the fund. In the Monpa culture older siblings commonly support the education of younger ones.  Others will uplift the Mon region around Jhamtse Gatsal and the world-at-large. They will pay your kindness forward by uplifting the communities where they choose to live and work.  The organic beauty of the Jhamtse Gatsal Paying Kindness Forward Fund is that together we will rekindle the human spirit and rebuild the human community. Together, you and the graduates of Jhamtse Gatsal will find no limit to how far kindness will take you.