Tong-Len Charitable Trust - Compassion in Action: charity based in dharamsala supporting displaced communities in Himachal Pradesh, India. Compassion in Action

Child Education & Sponsorship

Under Tong-Len's Child Sponsorship programme, displaced children, living in temporary camps in Himachal Pradesh, are given the opportunity to attend one of the best local schools full-time (Dayanand Model High School) where they can access a diverse and accredited curriculum. Unlike many child sponsorship programmes, all money raised in sponsorship goes directly to the support of the children concerned.

It is a requirement of the school that the children enrolled are given a safe and supportive environment in which to live and study. This is provided by the 2 Tong-Len Hostels which are home to 40 children. The hostel staff provide balanced nutritious meals, help the children with their homework, and organise recreational activities in which the children's families are also invited to participate. The family atmosphere of the hostels is important to all. For most of the children it is their first experience of a secure family life.


Sponsorship Options

The cost for one child to attend school and live in the hostel is 75,000 rupees per annum, which is about £830 at the current rate of exchange. As this is a considerable sum to seek from any one sponsor, most children have up to five sponsors.

All sponsors are given details, photos and regular progress updates of the children they are supporting and are able to communicate with them if they wish by email or post to the hostel.

Child sponsorship not only provides an education, it also provides some of the joys of childhood to children who have known nothing but the hardships of hunger, disease, begging and scavenging.

If you would like to support Tong-Len's sponsorship programme, and know that every penny of your money is being used to benefit a child in one of the above ways, then please contact

Meet the children - see the difference sponsorship can make