The children and Young people in Association Khetpa are sons and daughters of subsistence farmers in Tawang District of the state of Arunachal Pradesh in the Himalayan mountains of northeast India. They are Indian citizens. Some of the children are orphans, all are from poor families without means for educating their children. The children and their families are Tibetan Buddhist. They belong to the Monpa ethnic group of northeast India and southern Tibet which has its unique language, food music, dances and dress.
The children of Khetpa are affectionate, happy, hard working, responsible and self confident. They take loving care of each other and give mutual support. The opportunity to receive an education is something they value highly. They are good students and enthusiastic sportsmen and sportswomen
The children who are in primary school go to the Tibetan School in Bylakuppe, Karnataka. Our secondary school students study in public schools in Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh. A group of monks and nuns live and study in Sera Jey Monastery. Our university students attend various universities in south India and in the northeast
The Central Tibetan School is a public school with an enriched curriculum for students from the Himalayan region of northeast India. The languages of instruction are Tibetan and English as well as Hindi. The children live in the school residence which is just 8 kilometers from Sera Jey Monastery
The first residence established by Association Khetpa in South India was in Ooty, Tamil Nadu in 1998. May 2018 is the end of this chapter of our history. The eleven children who live in Ooty will join five others in a new residence. in Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh, a small mountain town very close to the children´s families and their native village of Khet. In the new residence the house manager will look after the children and manage the budget and spending. The children themselves help with the cooking, cleaning, laundry and looking after the younger ones.
The monks and nuns live in a Sera Jey Monastery. Both groups study the official curriculum for all India schools as well as a rigorous program of religious studies.
Sera Jey Monastic University was founded in Tibet in the 15th century and was moved to Bylakuppe, Karnataka, South India in 1970. More than 4000 monks and nuns from Tibet, Bhutan and other Himalayan regions live and study there.
One of the goals of Association Khetpa is that each child can finish university or professional studies. Upon completing their studies, all of our young people want to live in the northeast region close to their families. Their academic and professional qualifications will make an important contribution to the development of the area as well as helping their families.
At the present time Khetpa sponsors seven university students.
Providing 18 years of education for each child is our biggest economic challenge. University studies are the most expensive. Thanks to the continued support of our members, sponsors and donors we are meeting our goal. But the job is far from finished and we need new sponsors and donors to insure that we can help every child.