Refurbishment of the Jatson Chumig School and Residence (Lhasa, Tibet)
Jatson Chumig is a school and residence in Lhasu, on the outskirts of Lhasa (Tibet) where the majority of the population are poor peasants. The school-residence, supervised by Comunidad Humana, is home to a hundred street boys and girls. They are children from broken families, orphans and handicapped youngsters who lived by begging on the streets, suffering from chronic malnutrition, inexistent hygiene, insufficient clothing for the county's low temperatures and excluded from society.
Tibetans used to live in small rural communities with well established rules and strong bonds of unity. Children who lost their parents were automatically taken in charge by a neighbouring family. The drastic changes that have occurred in Tibet have destroyed its traditional customs (there now exist strong family planning laws), and ruined most peasants who can no longer maintain their own children. The promise of a better life in the city has helped emigration. Natural disasters that have occurred in recent years have worsened the situation of the rural population, already on the verge of hunger. Amidst this chaotic situation, orphans cannot find a family for adoption and many are abandoned to their fate.
Since 1995, Comunidad Humana, a Spanish NGO of voluntary workers from Aranjuez, Madrid, has worked in cooperation with a local Tibetan partner to support helpless Tibetan children. Its activity is based on three main criteria:
1. organizing schools and orphanages,
2. providing medical care and re-education, especially to physical and mentally handicapped youngsters,
3. child sponsoring.
CH finished repairing the Jatson Chumig school-residence, home for 109 street children. The compound was built in 1998 and, because of the harshness of the climate and the poor quality of the building materials, was in dire need of repair . The project was estimated at 19.000€.
McKinsey SL contributed with 5.000€,
the local partner donated 4.000€,
the NGO Handicapped International covered the costs to improve accessibility for handicapped with 800€,
MHF contributed with 9.200€ with the help of the Ministeri de Salut i Benestar of the Government of Andorra.
Work was carried out in 4 months, from November 2003 to February 2004. The task consisted on repairing both the exterior and interior of the buildings, urgently improving hygiene and furnishings to provide the children with proper health care, well-being and a homely atmosphere. The compound has various buildings of 2 storeys and is divided into various zones: the children's dormitories, school modules, classes for professional training, teacher's dormitories, artisan workshops, dormitories and a shop, play ground, rehabilitation centre, sports and play rooms, industrial kitchen and laundry.
These improvements have allowed:
The handicapped children to become independent from their fellow students, a crucial concern to prepare them for independent adulthood.
The classroom have better studious atmosphere and are more hygienic.
The bedrooms are larger, providing more privacy cupboard space and less illnesses.
The toilets are much more hygienic, work properly, and are easy to keep clean.