Who are we?
Where are the children from?
What is the Monks' Welfare Programme?
How can I help?
Does my money go straight to the sponsored monk?
What will I receive as a monk sponsor?

Who are we?

The Monks' Welfare Fund is sponsored by the Chokgyur Lingpa Foundation. The funds help support more than 80 monks in two monasteries: Pal Do‑Ngak Nyida Zungdrel Mindrol Norbuling Monastery (aka Vajra Varahi Monastery) in Chapagaon, Lalitpur in the south of the Kathmandu Valley, and Riwoche Monastery in Boudhanath, Kathmandu. Kyabgön Phakchok Rinpoche oversees both of the monasteries and their little monks.

Where are the children from?

The monks are generally aged between 7 and 19 and are either orphans or children sent by their parents who want to give their children a chance to be ordained and access to basic education.

What is the Monks' Welfare Programme?

As part of the Monks’ Welfare Programme, the novice monks at Pal Do‑Ngak Nyida Zungdrel Mindrol Norbuling and Riwoche Monasteries are provided with food, health care, shelter, education, and training. Their daily life at the monastery include studying Dharma, Maths, Tibetan, English, Nepali, and conducting puja twice a day. Together, they keep their environment, living space, and clothes clean and well ordered.

However, there is also time to play! There are occasional outings to the zoo or places of interest and to participate in major pujas at Ka–Nying Shedrub Ling monastery in Boudhanath, Kathmandu (aka White Gompa at Boudha in Kathmandu).

The young monks remain at the monasteries until they are old enough (usually 17 to 19 years old) to decide for themselves whether they want to become monks or leave the monasteries to make a life for themselves outside the monasteries.

How can I help?

We need your support! We depend solely on donations from our sponsors to meet the basic daily needs of the young monks. With so many young monks to look after and the overwhelming influx of new monks that come to the monasteries for help each year, it is only possible to continue the Monks’ Welfare Programme with the generous assistance of our sponsors. The monks deserve a better future and by sponsoring one of these little monks you can help spread the Dharma that brings tremendous benefit to all sentient beings.

It only costs slightly more than US$1 a day to provide a monk with food, clothing, education, and health care at the monasteries.

You can sponsor a monk on a monthly or quarterly basis, or make a one-off donation of US$480 to the Monks’ Welfare Fund.

A simple gift of US$40 provides:

  • the basic needs and education of a young monk for a month; or
  • worming medicine, a mosquito net for summer and a woollen blanket for winter.

Does my money go straight to the sponsored monk?

Your donation is not given directly to the monks. Instead, the donations are pooled together with funds from other sponsors to finance their daily requirements, such as health care, meals and education.

What will I receive as a monk sponsor?

As a monk sponsor, you will receive a photo of your sponsored monk, information about his community and an annual “report card” on his health and educational progress. You can keep in touch through letters and you may also visit them in the monastery.