L-R: Student parents and their siblings in Drukpa Gompa Garden; Culture studies at Drukpa Gompa on Sundays; Caretaker Punita and Khandro Rinpoche visiting Penma and Karan at their boarding school.
Who we are
The Khachodling Himalayan Education and Culture Fund is a humanitarian project founded by Khandro Thinlay Chodon.
Khandro Rinpoche or Khandro-la, as she is affectionately known by her students, was born in the high Himalayan valley of Lahoul in Northern India. Her family, past and present, are great Tibetan yogis, renowned for their extensive and pure meditation practice. Khandro-la grew up in an environment where spirituality, culture and education were each an integral part of everyday life.
When young, a simple sponsorship from an Australian man named Laurie Seaman, as well as the visionary encouragement of her parents, enabled her attend a catholic boarding school in Kullu. The school was only two hours from her family home, so she could keep regular contact with her family and her ancient culture. At the school she learnt English and received the beginnings of her excellent western academic education, while at home she was fully trained in all aspects of her tradition. She learnt to value both and went on, in 1986, to earn her B.A. in Psychology from Punjab University Chandigarh, India and in 1998, an M.A. in East-West Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, USA.
“Khachodling” is the name given to Khandro Rinpoche's life vision and activities. As a formal organization in India it was founded in 2004. Its projects are united by a strong humanitarian purpose with an underlying commitment to upholding positive local culture and human values of the heart. These values are now also positively influencing the west and are at the heart of an ethical, self-sustainable future.
A vision as vast as the sky and action as local as working side by side
The Himalayan Education and Culture Fund began spontaneously in 2009 when the opportunity arose for a small group of Khandro-la’s Australian students, to support the education of Himalayan boy Tenzin Tsokney. At the time, Tenzin was a smart 10 year old showing great potential in learning. Through the generosity of its supporters, Khachodling continued to fund Tenzin’s academic education in India for 6 years. In 2014 Tenzin's family was granted refugee status and migrated to Australia. He now attends a Northern Beaches High School in Sydney.
Recently at the end of 2015, Tenzin received an award for coming first in Year 10 History. He achieved second in Geography and Maths. Tenzin is working towards gaining entry to University of Technology Sydney and studying Biomedical Science.
Khachodling is so proud to see Tenzin’s long-term dedication and abilities manifest naturally as such a deep accomplishment. Congratulations Tenzin.
Khandro Thrinlay Chodon was also inspired by similar educational humanitarian work undertaken by her brother Sey Jampal. She saw directly that financial support from Western countries created opportunities for Himalayan children where currently there were none. Reflecting on this and also her own history as a young girl whose academic education was sponsored, the inspiration to assist children in need continued to gather momentum.
As a result, since 2006 the Khachodling Education Fund grew to support the school fees of many children from Himalayan families who are living in poverty. Our existing sponsored children are growing older - some having been with us for 7 years. It is time to think about the next level of their education, some would like vocational or tertiary studies while others are clearly interested in university education. We mentor each one of these children and what is clear is that with our ongoing support and guidance they have the possibility to contribute a great deal to benefit their Himalayan communities and families.
Khachodling’s goal is to provide education to children so opportunities for skilled employment are created in the future. We aim to equip children with education, life skills and positive values to enable them to grow into independent, caring and valuable members of their communities.
The average household income in areas where Khachodling works, is only $400 per year. Many children live below the poverty line without any future opportunities or hope for a different life. Read our student profiles to learn more about their daily situations.
Let us make our life meaningful and leave positive imprints of thought, word and deed Khandro Thrinlay Chodon
Registered Charitable Trust
Approved to Receive Foreign Funds
A trusted local organisation
ABN # 99785518295
ACN # 169 487 923