Tibetans preserve their unique culture.
February 12, 2003
at Marianne Rev's
Present: Evan, Deborah, Didi, Marianne, Helen, Sharon
all agreed that it would be fun to have a dinner/dance/silent
will contact John Thompson to see if he can play for us. Evan
will contact Rinpoche to see if May 3 would work as the night
for the event. Didi's friend has offered to play his flute at
will contact St James to see if it is available as a venue for
the event. Sharon will contact Mt Pleasant Community Centre to
see if it is available. Evan will contact Patricia re a hall she
knows to see if it is available.
and Evan will work together on the silent auction.
was decided that there will be no alcohol at the event. There
will be Perrier and other soft drinks for sale at the event Dawn
has volunteered to be in charge of the cooking. Didi will contact
Drolma to see if the Tibetan women would like to cook some of
the food for the event (momo's, curries and rice). We will ask
people to volunteer to bring salads and deserts for the event.
will have some tables for selling goods at the event, Didi will
have a table.
will be between $15-25 to be determined once we know what our
costs will be.
Rinpoche's Trip to Tibet
will stay for 6 weeks all of July and two weeks of August. Robbie,
Candace and Ken will stay for 2-3 weeks.
Medicine for Tibet (list from Robbie and Candace)
told us what the various medications were for. Is it time to look
at ways of increasing the general hygiene of the people? General
discussion about taking medicine to Tibet which is not available
in an ongoing way, how are we helping by doing this? Question:
are any meds being considered for sexually transmitted disease?
How are we affecting sustainable health care? Question: what are
the doctors planning in the way of ongoing assessment and evaluation?
(We know they are doing things about this - we are wondering what.)
will ask Rinpoche if he can meet with us when he is here in May
to talk about all of this. Marianne will talk to Candace.
was able to order Where There Are No Doctors in Tibetan;
they are being sent here from Dharamasala.
has a book from the library about aide to developing countries
which presents the benefits and dangers. The committee is looking
at this book.
and Evan also have a book about helping in developing countries
which the committee is looking at.
ROKPA Doctor Training Project
reported that the Chinese have decided that Tibetan young people
need to take four years training in either Shining or Lhasa to
become doctors so they need sponsors to do this. We would like
to talk to Rinpoche about this and are prepared to find a group
to sponsor one or two the these young people from the Zadoh region.
Great News About the Gaywa Project
told us about her experience while selling Dharma goods in Chinatown.
On her first day a Chinese woman came to her booth and asked her
about Tibet. This woman has a very deep connection with Tibet
and a strong desire to help the people of Tibet. When Didi told
her about the Gaywa Project the woman said she wanted to help
and offered twenty thousand dollars to support Didi's project.
Didi was overjoyed. They have since spent time together and it
turns out that the woman is part of a community of people who
would like to help. (Five of the community members have agreed
to sponsor orphan children in the region.) Four of the core members
of this group will join Didi in a trip to Tibet this June and
they will work for the Gaywa Project while there. The community
are involved here helping raise money for the journey (in addition
to the original offer of $20,000). They come together in the practice
of karate, many of them Black Belters. We are all very grateful
for this enthusiastic offering to the people of Tibet.