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 health center, and a community farm.
CHI has helped the Bon community leaders with their projects 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 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 by providing scholarships
The primary focus of CHI's current fundraising work is to support the children at the Menri Monastery. It is traditional for Tibetan parents to send children to monasteries and nunneries where they can 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.
People then turn to the 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 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.