DhomPa is a municipality in the eastern of the Tibet Autonomous Region of China. The people of DhomPa have been petitioning the Chinese government for a hospital for many years without success. We would like to help them by providing the funds and guidance to build a clinic to serve the area.
DhomPa is part of Nangchen, one of the former independent kingdoms of East Tibet. Its territory corresponds to the upper reaches of the five main Mekong feeder rivers: the Ngom-chu, Do-chu, Dza-chu, Tsi-chu and Kyang-chu. This area was able to maintain its Buddhist heritage throughout the centuries because of the nomadic lifestyle of its inhabitants and the inhospitable terrain. The rolling grasslands, mountains, and pristine nature combine to make Nangchen one of the most interesting and unspoiled parts of Tibet. While its remoteness allows for the continuance of their old nomadic traditions and life, it also alienates them from facilities and state support, for medical help, in particular.
There are approximately 15,000 people in DhomPa. They support themselves by herding animals and producing animal products such as cheese, butter, etc. They survive on these products and sometimes have enough to trade for barley, rice, and other necessities. However, it is quite common for nomads to lose a few of their herd each year to the severe winters, resulting in great poverty.
The nearest hospital is in Sharda, a small city 120km away, with a population of 5,000 people. Sharda is where the region’s municipal government buildings and banks are located. Distances are deceptive in these regions because of the unreliability of transportation and the conditions of the road. The road that links DhomPa to Sharda is a dirt road, subject to constant degradation by rain, snow, ice, and mud. The journey takes 12 hours by truck in the summer time and is closed during the winter.
DhomPa falls under the official category of “poor and remote region” within the domain of China’s development plans: there is no electricity; water must be fetched from the rivers flowing through the region; toilets are either primitive or non-existent, and there are no sewage treatment facilities.