Tong-Len's mission is to help displaced communities in North India achieve a secure and sustainable future by addressing the root causes of their poverty and ill-health through a range of education and health-based projects.
Displaced families from some of the poorest areas of India have come to the Kangra Valley in Himachal Pradesh. Here there are a large number of communities of up to 600 people struggling to survive in flimsy make-shift shelters which offer only minimal protection against the harsh climatic conditions. Disease is rife and this is exacerbated by severe malnutrition. Children, like their parents, have little or no opportunities for education and many spend their days scavenging and begging.