Introducing the Sambhota Primary School and Orphanage

DSC_0118One of my favorite projects at Angel Covers is our Yak Project. Since its inception we’ve been able to purchase hundreds of yaks for thousands of Tibe tan students in Qinghai and Sichuan. A few weeks ago we learned about the Sambhota Primary School and Orphanage, which is located at an altitude of 13,000 feet on the Tibetan high plateau, in Dzogchen, Ganzi County, Sichuan Province.

It is the only school in the region, and it is often out of reach for children whose families are often one or two days distant. Also, most nomad and farmer families simply cannot afford an education for their children. Girls are at an even greater disadvantage.

The school was set up in August 2002 for a group of 25 children, boys and girls ages 5 to 16. Pupils were selected according to the family situation, with priority being given to orphans, half orphans and children from the poorest families. Almost all pupils live in the school, being either orphans or coming from nomad families. There are 37 students living in the school-orphanage at the moment. Two Tibetan teachers teach Tibetan, Chinese, calligraphy, math, dancing, physical education and drama.2010

The school does not haveIMG_1336 good access for yaks, and they asked if we could buy cows for them instead. The school needed three cows to provide for all the children, which produce more milk than yaks and would be easier for them to keep at their school.

During our last day in Sichuan province we were able to make arrangements to provide cows to the school, and we are looking forward to receiving updated photos of the children as their health improves with better nutrition.