The Bon are a Tibetan minority ethnic group who fled to India when the Chinese invaded Tibet in 1959.
In 1968, the Bon established a community at Dolanji, India on donated land. Today the Bon community is settled and has an orphanage, a children’s hostel the Bon Children's Welfare Centre, a school (to the 11th grade), a newly built health center, and a community farm.
CHI has worked on projects with the Bon community leaders including fundraising for water storage tanks, storage buildings, health facility equipment, a drinking water well, and public toilets. CHI has also provided funds to purchase a cow for milk and improve water quality and living conditions. CHI helped Bon community leaders launch an Essential Oils Project to generate income for the community. Essential Oils, which are valuable for their healing properties, have been used at the clinic to treat disease. The community has been able to produce its own oils to stock the clinic and to sell. CHI has raised funds for containers and other supplies.
CHI also worked with Bon leaders to make secondary and university education possible for the community’s children through scholarships. CHI has funded scholarships that allow Bon youth to continue in secondary education.
The primary focus of CHI's fundraising work is to support the children of Menri Monastery. People are sometimes surprised that a monastery community includes children. Traditionally, Tibetan parents sent children to monasteries and nunneries for monastic training. They were also places of refuge and education. Today, as always, Bon families in Tibet, Nepal, and other borderlands of India want security and education for their children. Many families are poor, many children are orphaned or with single parents, and their relatives are unable to provide for them.
They turn to Menri Monastery and Redna Menling Nunnery for the children's care and education. Relatives and paid guides make arduous journeys to Menri with groups of children who they then entrust to the care of His Holiness Menri Trizin. No child is turned away, but beyond the generosity of donors, the monastery has few resources for these children so additional support is needed.