Friday, 21 March 2008 00:00

Introducing a new volunteer



We have a new volunteer at the school, Lakshmi will be teaching English and IT. She has agreed to send us updates from Ladakh. She has just left to go to the school and sent us this short piece to introduce herself.

“As I sit and contemplate my upcoming stay and volunteer position at the Druk Padma Karpo School, I have many doubts, worries and questions. Despite these, I am looking forward to Leh.

My father grew up in Kerala, on the west side of the most southern state of the Indian subcontinent, a coastal sliver of a state that many people have never heard of before. I am half Indian and half American and, since I was born and raised in the U.S., I have been in India for the past 2 months, learning about my heritage and visiting family. I am going to Leh not only because I have heard it is beautiful and because there is a school with a different mission regarding education (than the standard Indian government schools), and they are willing to take on volunteers, but because I would like to learn more about all of India.

The beginning of my stay in Leh will mark the halfway point of my travels from the U.S., and instead of being a tourist, traveler, or some combination thereof, I am looking forward to being in one place for an extended period of time, while also having a purpose. I am looking forward to learning more about Buddhism and meeting children who can speak more languages than I ever dreamed would be possible. I’m also looking forward to connecting on a level that goes beyond linguistic and cultural barriers.

Despite my reservations: Will I be warm enough? Will I be lonely? Will I be able to teach anything of substance? Will they understand me? Will I understand them? Will they like me? In any new place or situation the truth is I don’t really know what to expect, and ultimately, I am going to DPKS not only to teach, but to learn what it means to be Indian, while also being Tibetan, Ladakhi and all the other ethnicities, regions and religions one may identify with. I am going to gain a sense of the many differences between and among Indians, help out as much as possible, and perhaps discover my own Indian-ness.”

Friday, 11 January 2008 00:00

New School Year

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.

Friday, 17 August 2007 00:00

World Challenge in Ladakh - Part 2

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

world challenge playgorund


Saturday, 14 July 2007 00:00

A Visit by the Dalai Lama

Dalai Lama

On the occasion of the visit by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, the School of Architecture and Planning at the University at Buffalo, New York State, celebrated the local and global achievements of the Druk Padma Karpo School with an exhibition and a commemorative book titled ˜Building Culture"

In the book, Brian Carter (Professor of Architecture and Dean of the School) states, "This is a school built around an idea that seeks to provide children with appreciations and understandings of the wisdom of the past that are integral with new attitudes and skills for the future. The school is an outstanding example of a truly sustainable design.


Tuesday, 29 May 2007 00:00

House Competitions


House competitions continue with cricket and football. Each of the five ‘houses’ has a boys team and a girls team. There was great excitement when the new tracksuits were delivered, thanks to the generosity of a donor, and now the infants would like some too!

Monday, 25 December 2006 00:00

Cisco Systems Shoot

A Camera on Tripod

September 23rd and 24th was a very exciting time for all, as the school hosted an international film crew of 300 who were making an advertisement for Cisco Systems.

On the Saturday, Junior 4’s classroom was the location for filming and all the children had the chance to watch the process.

On Sunday, the location was at Thiksay Gompa and Junior IV spent the day there. Cisco commissioned Ogilvy & Mather and Radical Media to produce their commercial.

A donation for equipment was given to the school as well as treats for the children. Some of the money will go towards school outings and also to the special Children's Day on 14th November.


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