DETAILS OF OUR FORMER ACTIVITIES
Besides minor projects in Tibet itself we focused our activities on the Monastic University Sera in South India.
In Tibet Sera Monastery belonged to the three largest Monastic Universities and is also one of the biggest in Indian exile.
Our first project in 1995 was to build accomodations for 150 monks. With the new accommodation and the 1998 inaugurated H. Poitner Health Centre, we could achieve remarkable relief of the tight situation. For the doctors at the Health Centre we built a house with 2 apartments.
Project 2000 was a building extension of the Sermey Thoesam School. Regular teaching lessons were not possible any longer due to restrictive floor space resp. class rooms. After completion a second floor level, we renewed the toilettes and installed a new kitchen according prevailing hygienic standards.
Thereafter we started equipping a school library.
The School teachers received only a small salary, which we topped up to the level of the Indian standard which still is very low.
We have also enlarged the teachers accommodation and improved the sanitary equipment there.
At Thoesam School only pupils under 18 years of age are admitted. We therefore started a language school for monks over 18 years to offer them the possibility to raise their reading and writing capabilities in their mother language. Moreover, they can also attend English classes.
After completion of the H. Poitner Health Centre we started on precautionary messures for preventive health care. Next to individual hygienic care, we focused on securing drinking water resources and introduced an ecological purification method of sewage water.
To create an awareness on problems to prevent contamination of drinking water resources is in India just as difficult as in Europe.