Clinic Running Well

Lining up for medicineThe clinic, now more than a year into operation, is running well. There is one doctor, one nurse, and one helper. Most of their activity is centred around consultation, diagnosis, and prescription and distribution of medicine (traditional or Western).

The picture here shows a group of patients and family members lining up to pick up their medicine at the clinic.

Boy with sutured cheekMinor surgeries are also performed. The little boy shown here was bitten by a dog, and arrived at the clinic (an hour away from his home) with a large tear in his cheek. Here you see him sleeping after his wound has been cleaned and sutured.

If the clinic did not exist, it is certain the wound would not have been treated as effectively. The boy’s face would have been very badly disfigured, with a great risk of infection as well.

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Clinic Furnished and in Operation

The Clinic is now furnished and operating! See pictures below for various views of the interior. Again, thank you to all our donors for their timely help!

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Thank You!

A big THANK YOU to a number of generous donors who have stepped up and offered some funds. Lama Tenzin was able to deliver several thousand dollars to the project this month: enough money to get things going again.

Lama Tenzin is away in Hong Kong right now, but once he comes back we will be able to post some pictures and give more definite news of progress.

Thank you again! We have faith that this clinic will be working and serving the Dhompa community in time!

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Urgent Need for Funding Now!

This is an appeal for funds to help keep the Dhompa Clinic Project moving forward.

Dhompa is an area in the Prefecture of Yushu in Tibet. The local people there have built the exterior of a building to be used as a clinic for a large area of Tibet not at present served by any medical facility. However the local government has notified the community that they will ask them to take down the building if it is not soon equipped and operational.

We should not be discouraged! Fortunately these initial setup expenses are modest, by our standards here in the West. All we need is an additional $60,000 in funding to ensure that the 15,000 people in Dhompa have a chance to receive adequate medical care, not just now, but on an ongoing basis. We received approximately $2,000 in response to our earlier appeal, very far short of the needed $60,000. So we are writing again.

We ask you to do three things:

First, please consider donating some money. Even a small amount can make a difference. We’ve made it very, very easy to donate by adding a PayPal to the margin of this site. There are other ways to donate, click here to see how. All donations are tax-receiptable in Canada.

Second, please help this appeal go viral. You’ll see some “share” buttons at the bottom of this article. If you could use them to post to Facebook, Twitter, and other services, it would be most appreciated. We would also appreciate you forwarding the link by email. Anything you can do to spread the word will help.

Third, please think about connecting us with benefactors. This is a wonderful opportunity for a large donor to do something quite practical and sustainable for a great number of people. The project has the potential of becoming self-sufficient once the initial funding has been established. If you or someone you know is in a position to be an “angel” for this project — that is, provide a donation of $10,000 or more — please let us know.

Please give generously. There is presently no clinic to serve the needs of the 15,000 people of Dhompa, and any donation will help. Thank you for your generosity.

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Exterior is Complete!


Great news! The construction crew has finished the exterior of the clinic. The building is empty, however, and the project must still raise another $65,000 in order to complete interior finishing and acquire appropriate furnishing and medical supplies.

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Building is Under Way

As you can see from the attached photos, building is now well under way. We have laid the foundation and finished the outside front of the building. To those who have donated so far, thank you so very, very much for your kindness. You can see how it is paying off!

However the fundraising goal is behind the building progress. In order to pay for the work so far we had to borrow some money to add to the funds raised so far. Even when the building is finished (and it still needs a lot of work as you can see!), that is only half the project: the other half includes a small staff residence, a generator, water purifying equipment, and all the furnishings and fittings of a small clinic.

Please enjoy these pictures (click on them to see large versions) and consider donating to help us finish the project!

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Letter from Dhompa Community Leaders

Lama Tenzin has received a letter from the community leaders of Dhompa District. Here is a translation:

“To those who are wearing the armour of compassion and altruism, wealthy and generous:

“Lama Tenzin is trying to help us set up a small clinic here in Dhompa, and we all are very eager to see that this takes place. In all these villages, since we don’t have a hospital, or enough doctors or treatment, if this can happen it will save thousands of lives, and change the lives of so many people. It will have tremendous benefit. Therefore if you could make some contribution to this we greatly appreciate it.

“From the leaders of the District of Dhompa
“July 5, 2009″

(It is stamped with the official seal of the District)

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Previous Projects

Here are photos of recent projects that our builders, Gala Yonam and Gala Jamyang, have completed.

First is Tong Nak Retreat Centre, completed in 2008. Located in Dhompa, it houses 15 retreatants and staff. The cost of the project was $30,000, and funds were raised in Canada through Karma Sonam Dargye Ling. The project took two years to build.

Second we also have a picture of the family home completed by Gala Yonam and Gala Jamyang in 2005. It is located in Yushu, China and is home to a Tibetan family of 9 people.

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First Floor Plan

We now have a design of the floor plan for the ground floor. The clinic would also have a floor above that would mainly be one large space suitable for community events

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