Miss Tsewang Chuskit and Miss Stanzin Angmo, our Siddhartha grads currently studying in the US, continued their summer work on Ladakhi girls health education, thanks to the generous support from the New Family Foundation to cover their travel expenses back home. The young women hit the ground running, volunteering first for Siddhartha School and then for the Ladakh Heart Foundation’s gynecological camps in Gya, Meeru, and Phey villages.
In this HERO PROJECT drawing, an 8th grade Siddhartha School student named Stanzin Sherab drew a delightful portrait of the great 8th-century Indian sage Shantideva, who understood the great joy in doing good.
We are thrilled to share that the GO Campaign has awarded Siddhartha School another grant for campus improvements. The $19,194 award to help build new Boys’ and Girls’ dormitories at the school completes the necessary funding for the Siddhartha Youth Hostel Construction Project. The award money supplements two very generous gifts from New Family Fund and an anonymous donor to build the new boys’ and girls’ dormitories.
In India, Teacher’s Day is celebrated on the 5th of September every year in the memory Dr. S. Radhakrishna, the first vice president and second president of the country. The spirit of the holiday is to recognize all the dedication the teachers give to fostering a love of learning in their students. Every September 5th we celebrate this day at Siddhartha School.
A graduate from Siddhartha High School Stok, Tashi Laskit became a part of the first-ever all-girls cadet team that successfully climbed the peak of Mount Everest, marking the expedition a world record. Laskit discusses her experience, along with the obstacles she faced, in the following interview.
Most of the villagers and many of the parents were busy on the road leading up to the Big Buddha Statue; they were all preparing for His Holiness’s imminent arrival to bless the new monument. In that way, it was so intimate, so special, for the students at our school, who were able to have their visit without the large crowds that usually accompany His Holiness wherever he goes. The grounds were pristine. The faces of the children shone with anticipation as they clutched flowers and kataks (white offering scarves) in their small hands.
Introducing the 1st Issue of ‘Siddhartha Speaks’, a Publication of the Siddhartha Alumni Association
After a much awaited time, we are glad to announce the first issue of “SIDDHARTHA SPEAKS” an Alumni newsletter of Siddhartha School Stok. Today on 8th August 2016, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama inaugurated the newsletter during his visit to our dear school.
Tsewang Chuskit graduated from Siddhartha School in March of 2013 and became the first girl from Ladakh’s Chang Tang region to complete high school in the USA.
We are jumping for joy! In recognition of the continued work being done at Siddhartha School to help vulnerable children in Ladakh receive a solid education, the GO Campaign awarded Siddhartha School a $19,194 grant for necessary renovations to the boys’ and girls’ youth hostels!
Thanks to Dana Sawyer and his students at Maine College of Art (MECA), an ambitious, successful campaign was launched in the early spring to get the Siddhartha School a new bus. As news of the bus campaign reached individual supporters, SSP secured the funding necessary to purchase the school a new bus!
Siddhartha School graduates Stanzin Angmo, Tsewang Chuskit and Tashi Laskit were each recognized this month at home and abroad for their great accomplishments.
Siddhartha School students perform in the Stok Palace courtyard for the school’s new ‘Music and Media Camp DVD’. Watch the performance, beautifully filmed by Mr. Tashi Morup of LAMO, our partner in the music camp program.
As many of you know, these young women have been taking care of me like devoted daughters after I had my knee surgery last month. I am grateful to them and appreciate that they sacrificed senior activities to stay with me.
So, while I have no children of my own, I still feel such love for our precious children: yours, mine, and ours. Everywhere I go, I enjoy staying with the families who host me in my travels. Spending time making friends with your little ones brings me great happiness. And when the Siddhartha students we support with our service and donations do well, I rejoice and feel like a proud dad.
Khen Rinpoche, Siddhartha School’s Founder, and Geshe Tsewang, School Director, are honored and pleased to announce a unique pilot program at Siddhartha School. With the help of Dr. Thupten Jinpa, renowned translator for His Holiness the Dalai Lama and author of A Fearless Heart, and Ms. Sophie Langri educator and authority on Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and non-violent communication, the school will develop an SEL and secular ethics program initially for Siddhartha School students.
We are proud to announce that Miss Tashi Laskit, Siddhartha School class of 2011 succeeded climbing Mount Everest! She is the daughter of Tundup Tsering and Stanzin Dolkar (Baopa) of Stik Village and was generously sponsored by SSP supporter Michelle Hero Clark while attending Siddhartha School. It is a great moment for all the Siddhartha family, founder Khen Rinpoche, the people of Stok, the people of Ladakh, Ms. Clark, and of course for her parents.