What is the Compassionate 2000 Project / How can I help?
100 destitute and sick refugee Tibetan monks and nuns are living in the streets and poorhouses in northern India and throughout the Himalaya region after fleeing political persecution in Tibet. According to the Tibet Government in exile they are without food, shelter or medical care. Often they are elderly or torture survivors. Their situation is critical. In 1998 we created the Compassionate 2000 project to provide basic sponsorships for these destitute monks and nuns to help with basic needs such as food, housing and basic health care. Each monk and nun receives your donations are use it in what ever way they need. We are continuing this important project and need your help.
Q: What can I do to help? A: As suggested by His Holiness the Dalai Lama's govt in exile, sponsorsing a refugee destitute nun or monk cost is $88.00 per year. We send our donations biannually: $44.00 twice yearly. This donation helps each monk or nun to purchase much need food, basic medicines or help with housing. Monsoon season in spring and early summer are especially difficult for the destitute monks and nuns. Often they are taking shelter under plastic.
Q: How do I pay for my sponsorship? A: You can pay online with Paypal or by personal check. We will send you a reminder when your donation is due.
Q: What if I cant sponsor right now, is there some other way I can help? A: Yes! We always desperately need donations for our Emergency Fund to help with extreme medical needs of the sponsored monks and nuns. Please see our Emergency Fund page
Q: Do I receive a picture of my sponsored friend? A: Yes! You will receive a photo of your sponsored monk or nun. It will be a standard passport type photo as these are easily obtained by your sponsored monk or nun.
Q: Can I sponsor more than one monk or nuns? A: Yes. Many of our sponsors have chosen to sponsor multiple friends.
Q: Can I write to my sponsored monk or nun A: Dharmasala has indicated we will be able to send a simple letter. Often monks and nuns do not read English or if they do its their 3 or 4th lanquage so they will try to find someone one to write a response to you for them!
Q: What happens if I cant continue to sponsor my monk or nun? A: Most of our sponsors have remained with us for many years. Sponsorships are considered longterm so the monks and nuns can depend on their donations to eat, pay for shelter or medications. If you arent sure you can sponsor longterm, its better to make a donation to our very important Emergency Fund. These funds are critically needed for medical care for sick, elderly monks or nuns who are often torture suvivors.