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 Center, a school (to the 11th grade), a health center, and a community farm. CHI works with Bon leaders to make secondary and university education possible for the community’s children by providing scholarships.
It is traditional for Tibetan parents to send children away for them to receive a quality education in a secure environment. They are also places of refuge and education for the children of poor families. Bon families in Tibet, Nepal, and other borderlands of India want security and a good education for their children. Many families are poor, some children are orphans or with single parents and their relatives are unable to provide everything they need. Relatives and paid guides make arduous journeys to the Bon Center with groups of children who are entrusted to the care of the community. No child is turned away, but beyond the generosity of donors, the community has few resources for these children so additional support is needed.