The new school year began on the 1st November 2007 - Druk White Lotus School now has 398 students, of whom 113 are residential students from remote areas of Ladakh. They are cared for by 20 Ladakhi and Tibetan teachers plus 21 support staff. Sarla Chhewang took these photos on her trip to find needy children in remote area of Karnak.

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A lot of the remote area children are sponsored by the students of His Holiness the 12th Gyalwang Drukpa. Here are some of the latest recipients.

Stanzin joins the Nursery School this year Tsweang joined the Upper Kindergarten this year

Stanzin (top) joined the Nursery, whilst Tsewang joined the Upper Kindergarten.

DWLS-LadakhKontentreal, an American television production company recently created an award winning series of programs about sustainable architecture for the PBS system in the USA. The series was such a success that they were asked to produce a few more episodes - one of these episodes “Druk White Lotus School - Ladakh,” (narrated by Brad Pitt, and directed by Tad Fettig) is receiving its world premiere at a public event sponsored by Autodesk at The Rubin Museum of Art (RMA) in New York at 1PM on December 19th.

The RMA is at:

150 West 17th Street
New York, NY 10011

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Lotus Leaves 2007The latest issue of Lotus Leaves, the annual newsletter about events at the school is now online. Download it as a PDF here. Vous pouvez télécharger la version française de “Lotus Leaves” ici.

International supporters helped to fill eight trunks with children’s books, clothes and other goodies for the school. JetAirways kindly transported the trunks from London to Leh at their own expense, and local JetAirways staff recently handed the trunks over to the School Principal, Maureen Songhurst.

Jetairways tesm with Principal Songhurst

Jetairways team


All 13 students got there safely. There was a quick change of plan to build two adventure playgrounds for the residential children, rather than a greenhouse, and here is what they achieved:

world challenge team

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