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Hostel Children excel again in school exams – 20th December 2007

Children's Day – 14th November 2007

Hostel Children's Picnic – 27th October 2007

Asha Wins Medals – 13th October 2007

Suresh starts school – 9th October 2007

Deepak wins prize in inter-school art competition – 4th October 2007

Sandeep has successful operation in Mumbai – 12th September 2007

Hostel Children celebrate India Independence Day – 15th August 2007

Sixties Night benefits Michael’s Fund – 4th August 2007

Rachel Gives Birth to Twins – 18th July 2007

Tong-Len Brings hope to little Sandeep – July 2007

Tong-Len Thanks Day – 2nd July 2007

Annual Children's Picnic – 1st July 2007

Rock Painting in Charan – 15th June 2007

Hostel Children Sail Through Promotion Exams – 15th June 2007

New Primary Tuition Tent for Charan – 13th June 2007

Tong-Len's New Dharamsala Office – May 2007

Hostel Children's Mountain Adventure – 6th May 2007

Fourteen Hostel Children Win Top Awards – April 2007

Health Promotion and Video Night in Charan – 25th March 2007

Tong-Len receives Award from H.P. State Governor - 10th March 2007

Nursery School Teacher Weds – 20th March 2007

Chief Minister of Himachal Agrees to Fund Heart Operation – February 2007

Prayer Flags for Michael – 20th January 2007

Suresh Receives Michael's Teddy Bear – 19th January 2007



 



Hostel Children excel again in school exams - 20th December 2007

Hostel children celebratin exam success

Once again the hostel children have swept the board in the December school exams. All have come in the top quartile of their respective classes with 5 in top position, 4 in second postition, 5 in third position and 4 in fourth position. It is almost impossible for them to achieve better than this as they are competing with each other for the top places.

 



Children's Day - 14th November 2007

Children's Day

Professors from the local college came to join in the Children's Day celebrations at the hostel. They were impressed with the children's progress and wanted to offer their support. They gave some books to the children and told the children that if they needed help to let them know.

 


Hostel Children's Picnic – 27th October 2007

Hostel children's picnic Anna Owen, Director of Tong-Len UK, joined with all the children from the hostel for a picnic on the land where we hope to build the Michael Blakey Centre. The children were thrilled with the venue, and all enjoyed a happy day of games and sports. The children themselves cooked a delicious lunch, showing off the skills they had learned in their weekly cooking classes.
 


Asha Wins Medals – 13th October 2007

Asha with medals won Asha, who has profound hearing loss, represented her school in the Disability Schools Championships in Shimla. She won the Gold Medal for dancing and the Silver Medal for running.
 


Suresh starts school – 9th October 2007

Suresh starting school Suresh has been given a place in a government disability school with a residential hostel. He started school on 9 10 07, and as well as now being able to live and study in safety, he has been provided with a wheelchair to assist his mobility.
 


Deepak wins prize in inter-school art competition – 4th October 2007

Deepak with prize Deepak was chosen from more than 700 children to represent his school in the annual inter-school art competition in which 19 schools competed. The theme was wild life. Deepak won 3rd prize.
 


Sandeep has successful operation in Mumbai – 15th August 2007

Sandeep after operation Sandeep had a successful operation in Mumbai on the 12th September. He remained under observation in hospital for a week before he was taken home to Dharamsala in the company of Jamyang. He remains under constant care and attention following his operation. Tong-Len thanks the surgeon and all the nursing and care staff who have been involved.
 


Hostel Children celebrate India Independence Day – 15th August 2007

Hostel children celebrating India Independence Day The hostel children joined in the celebrations of India Independence Day organised by the local government which were held at the Police Ground in Dharamsala. The children had their faces painted in the colours of the Indian flag, and all of them enjoyed the day.
 


Sixties Night benefits Michael’s Fund – 4th August 2007

60's Night for Michael's Fund Around 350 people attended a Sixties Night in Colne, near Burnley, organised by Michael’s family. The event raised over £2000 which has gone towards the £20,000 target needed to buy a plot of land in Dharamsala for the Michael Blakey Centre which will help destitute children and their families.
 


Rachel Gives Birth to Twins – 18th July 2007

Aman and Jay Tong-Len is delighted to announce the safe arrival of twin boys, Aman and Jay. Congratulations to Rachel, until recently Tong-Len’s operations manager, and her husband, Pawan. The family are in Edinburgh at the moment but will be returning to Dharamsala in October.
 


Tong-Len Brings hope to little Sandeep – July 2007

Sandeep before operation Tong-Len has established a fund and is currently working with a top surgeon in Mumbai to make it possible for little Sandeep (aged 8) have transformative plastic surgery which we are told will save his life. All contributions to this fund are very gratefully received. The operation is likely to cost around 200,000R.
 


Tong-Len Thanks Day – 2nd July 2007

Tong-Len Thanks Day

More than 20 Guests joined the children and staff at the hostel to celebrate another successful year. The children gave singing and dancing performances. Also in keeping with our founder's Buddhist traditions a goat and sheep were rescued from slaughter.

 


Annual Children's Picnic – 1st July 2007

Annual Picnic

The sun came out for Tong-Len's Annual Children's Picnic. Over 70 children from the Charan slum settlement joined with volunteers and staff for a fun filled day, with games and a picnic lunch.

 


Rock Painting in Charan – 15th June 2007

Rock painting at Charan

Tong-Len's Art Class brought a bit of colour to Charan this week when a large rock near the Tuition Tent was painted by a group of students. The end result is very eye-catching and has been a huge hit with the residents who live nearby.

 

 


Hostel Children Sail Through Promotion Exams – 15th June 2007

Rinku, Karan, and Nisha Kumari Three children who excelled in the end of year school exams were invited to sit promotion exams. All 3 passed with flying colours. Rinku and Karan have been promoted to class 5, and Nisha Kumari has been promoted to class 4.
 


New Primary Tuition Tent for Charan – 13th June 2007

New Primary Tent The primary children were delighted with their much needed new tent space. As well as a new tarpaulin, Tong-Len was able to afford new mats and floor coverings thanks to some generous donors
 


Tong-Len's New Dharamsala Office – May 2007

Tong-Len's new office Following the appointment of our new Operations Manager, Tashi Lhamo, Tong-Len has opened an office base in Dharamsala:

Tong-Len Office
Top Floor, Bank Of Baroda
Opp. Art Gallery
Kotwali Bazaar
Dharamsala 176215
H.P. INDIA
Telephone: (+91) (0)9218943059
 


Hostel Children's Mountain Adventure – 6th May 2007

Children's mountain adventure All the hostel children, staff and volunteers climbed Triund mountain today. The journey began at 5.30 in the morning. All the climbers made good time, and fortunately arrived at the overnight lodgings before a hail storm began. Despite the cold everyone had a good time.
 


Fourteen Hostel Children Win Top Awards – April 2007

This has been another successful year for the twenty children sponsored into full-time education. Despite many of the children having been advanced two years at the beginning of the academic year, all the hostel children continue to take the highest places in their classes. Fourteen children were presented with top awards. All the children averaged marks above ninety-two percent. The lowest placement of any child was sixth in their class, and this is only because they were overtaken by other Tong-Len children.

The school attended by the hostel children, Dayanand Model High School, is attended by around 900 pupils, largely from middle class Indian families. The prizes were awarded by local dignitary, Mrs Chandresh Kumari, MLA (Member of the Legislative Assembly) of Dharamsala.
 


Health Promotion and Video Night in Charan – 25th March 2007

Tong-Len's innovative new approach to health education is to combine it with the showing of Bollywood films. Thanks to the donation of a projector and the hire of a generator, Tong-Len was able to show video and multimedia presentations to the residents of Charan. To attract an audience, a Hindi movie was shown and, in the intermission, there was a presentation on immunisation. More than 180 people attended. Following the success of this first event, Tong-Len plans to run similar health education evenings on a regular basis.
 


Tong-Len receives Award from H.P. State Governor - 10th March 2007

Tong-Len joined representatives from more than 150 Non Governmental Organisations at the inaugural meeting of the Society for Disability and Rehabilitation Studies of Himachal Pradesh in Shimla. Much to his surprise, Tong-Len's Director and founder, Jamyang, was personally greeted by Himachal's State Governor the honourable Sh. V.S. Kokje, and was presented with a special award in recognition of Tong-Len's contribution towards education initiatives in the state.
 


Nursery School Teacher Weds – 20th March 2007

Veeru, our teacher in the nursery school tent was married on the 20th March 2007. He and his bride will live in Charan until they can afford to rent their own home.
 


Chief Minister of Himachal Agrees to Fund Heart Operation – February 2007

Surti, age 5, was brought to Tong-Len's health clinic by her parents. Tong-Len supported the family and paid for specialist tests and investigations at PGI hospital in Chandigarh. It was discovered that Surti has a Ventricular Septal Defect (a hole between the two lower chambers of her heart). Doctors informed the family that Surti would need very expensive heart surgery.

PGI hospital, in view of its special arrangement with Tong-Len, was prepared to offer the operation at cost price. However this was still far beyond the present limits of our medical fund.

Tong-Len brought Surti's plight to the attention of the Chief Minister, and is delighted to report that he has agreed to meet the costs in full from his personal fund.
 


Prayer Flags for Michael – 20th January 2007

On the day of Michael's funeral in the UK, further tribute was paid to him by Jamyang and Michael's co-volunteers in India. The group climbed Triund, the mountain overlooking Dharamsala, to erect prayer flags for him. When blown by the wind, these flags are believed by Tibetan Buddhists to carry the blessing of the prayer printed on the cloth. Prayer flags for Michael can be seen in many places around the world including Buddhist monasteries, Christian churches and private gardens.
 


Suresh Receives Michael's Teddy Bear – 19th January 2007

Suresh was one of Michael's special friends in Charan. This young boy is unable to walk because of the crippling effects of polio, which was left untreated for too long. At the time of Michael's death, Suresh had been abandoned by his family, who felt unable cope with his disability, and had left Charan in search of work. The last photograph ever taken of Michael, just days before he died, shows them together. After hearing about the young boy and his grief over the loss of his friend, Michael's parents sent out Michael's teddy bear to comfort him. Suresh was absolutely thrilled with the gift.