Tibetans preserve their unique culture.
Zadoh Committee Meeting Toronto
October 12, 2002
Rinpoche, Conrad Richter, Robbie Chase, Dawn Standfield, Rob Standfield,
gave updates on Zadoh meeting Sept 12, Vancouver re. Jamseng Health
Centre. Unfortunately, the resident doctor at Jamseng Health Centre,
Dr. A-nyo, died this spring. Dr. Leydar has been coming from Zadoh
town once a week to cover. A possible replacement is a Nyingma
monk and Tibetan doctor in the region who will be asked when he
returns from being away. Plans were discussed that the centre
be a demonstration project: to provide protected water source
from spring above health centre, buried piping, solar water heater
and tank, shower facilities. At present, when people travel a
long distance to get care, there is nowhere for them to stay overnight.
Plans are for a simple 2-room building with kitchen.
discussed is to discuss with the Zadoh Town Health committee the
public health, sanitation, and environmental issues and how Gaden
Relief might facilitate making improvements:
removal and recycling: the town has no garbage disposal or dump
a site and help with purchase of truck for transport public
posters in Tibetan with basic hygiene and health measures --
e.g. handwashing, prevention of infection transmission from
fecal and other common sources of contamination; e.g. hepatitis
in Tibetan on water pipes, covered culverts and protection of
of contacting Dharamsala to acquire a copy of the book, "Where
There is No Doctor" in Tibetan, was discussed. Also raised was
the question whether the health department in Dharamsala might
have health sheets in Tibetan that we could use or adapt.
of the Vancouver committee in the public health area was recognized.
Deborah in particular has been working to prepare sheets to be
distributed. This was agreed to be a worthwhile effort and should
year's trip July/Aug 2003
shaping up that two doctors (Robbie Chase, Candace Cole) and a
dentist (Wendy) [Christina Wong, not "Wendy", according to Evan --ed.] will accompany Rinpoche on the trip approx 6-7
weeks long total.
will focus on Jamseng, and Tashi Lhapug with less time in Zadoh
town (mainly for planning meetings).
and delivered dental equipment for Yushu this year which Rinpoche
has been invited to make use of for dental clinics in Zadoh.
6 Tibetan girls sponsored by Rokpa to come to Vancouver earlier
this year for English instruction, two are from the Zadoh area,
and are available to assist with translation for the clinics.
is hoping that future health services could be offered through
a medical nursing volunteer staying at Jamseng Health Centre for
e.g. 6 month placements. The challenges of training local personnel
to manage Western diagnosis and medication are considerable.
Relief and related websites posting the Zadoh project
project appears on several other websites, including Gaden for
the West, Gaden Choling and the new Jamseng website, but some
present project work such that they can be seen as different projects,
when they are not. This problem needs to be corrected through
providing cross-link between sites and proper description. Rinpoche
asks that no further websites are set up and that efforts directed
to correcting this problem and improving the existing sites. The
need for holding a teleconference meeting with the Vancouver Zadoh
committee and others on this subject was discussed.
Relief's charitable status
charitable status continues to be as a subsidiary of Gaden Choling.
With the activities of the Vancouver committee, including the
Geywa project, and in Australia, this is becoming untenable in
that Gaden Choling is not in a position to be responsive or responsible
for the activities undertaken by such groups. Apparently, it is
not difficult to change this legally and have stand-alone status.
However, at present, the reporting and authorization of some of
activities for Zadoh are a problem if there were an audit because
in the government's eyes the Gaden Choling board must be seen
as exerting control over all of Gaden Relief's activities. In
addition, Gaden Relief is no longer an effort of just one centre
and reorganizing as a separate charity would better reflect that.
will correspond with his brother and Dr. Leydar to get estimates
for the constructions costs. We need a realistic estimate for
costs and materials:
~$3000 Can for 4 people for two years (Jamseng MD, Leydar, contacts)
(solar heater, shower, pumps?)
consult with Candace on a list of medications to collect based
on last year's experience; the list will be posted on the website.
Robbie will coordinate collection plans with Conrad and the Vancouver
Conrad will organize a teleconference with Rinpoche,
Rob Standfield (Gaden Choling president), Vancouver committee
(Karen, treasurer; Evan, GR signing authority) and Zuru Ling (Bridget,
president) to clarify current use of Gaden Relief charitable status,
and set policy for future uses and reporting, and to discuss future
reorganization of Gaden Relief. [The teleconference is scheduled
for Nov. 27, 2002, 9:30 PM ET.]
Conrad will discuss appropriate changes to the
websites with Evan and others.
8. Next meeting
The next meeting will be held in the spring 2003
when Rinpoche returns to Toronto.