The Siddhartha Foundation, Nepal
Siddhartha Foundation UK draws its inspiration from the teachings of love and kindness that are at the heart of all the world's religions and faiths.
The Siddhartha Foundation School, located in the beautiful "Pandit Valley' about 10 miles from Kathmandu, brings a ray of hope and light to all those fortunate enough to get a place there. All the students come from extremely poor backgrounds where even basic healthcare and education are not available to them. The school takes care of all the pupils' needs - from food and clothing to medical care, fees and the cost of their educational materials. Many of the students are orphans and for them, the school provides an environment of love, care and security. The first students were admitted into the school in 2005, as phase one of the building plans were completed.
Our interest is in supporting Lama Khenpo Chimed Rinpoche, the founder and director, who is highly respected throughout the country with with the wonderful work he does with the children and the orphanage. These young monks are being taught in their traditional lineage, receiving transmissions handed down from teacher to teacher, and thus they become part of the continuation of the prayer field being held for the planet.
The Siddhartha Foundation is a government approved charitable body, similar to western based charities. The founder and director is Lama Khenpo Chimed Rinpoche, who is held in high esteem throughout the country.
Manacare, Sri Lanka
The devoted work of the founder Mrs Joy Butler Markham is international. Mainly based in Sri Lanka with the Tsunami survivors and sustainable buildings, other projects that Manacare have been involved with are:
Palorinya, Uganda refugee camps without water; Manacare establishes a large project, piping water from the Nile.
Lithuania, an orphanage caring for 400 babies and children runs out of supplies. Manacare sent a 40-foot container packed with toys, clothing, medical, surgical and therapy equipment.
In Rwanda, oral rehydration salts, syringes and containers of clean water were supplied.
In Chinese suburbs, nine year old girls were being snatched from their families and forced into child prostitution rings. Manacare infiltrated one group and were able to bring 29 children into safe orphanages.
The Arrigo Programme supports Manacare because of its hands on approach in helping with real life situations.
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