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India - Ladahk - Sponsor Lamdon Model School Shey: 6/7/2004 -

Lamdon Model School Shey in Ladakh, India was established in 1986. Its principal, Lama Lobsang Sonam, has been with the school since 1991. A Buddhist monk with a degree in Tibetan Buddhist philosophy, Lama Sonam lives in the school’s hostel, sharing a room with 25 other students.

The school has 162 students studying from grades one through eight, with 75 of them living in the hostel’s 3 rooms. The children in the hostel often have a better academic performance as they live in an environment conducive to study. Many day scholars’ parents are not educated so they are unable to provide their children with the proper support.

Lamdon Model School is a private school, with the majority of its funding coming from external donations. The school and hostel fees barely cover the teachers’ salaries and its running costs.  

While the region’s government schools have better facilities and offer a free education for students, the quality of education is generally lower. While private schools such as Lamdon Model School are often lacking in funding, the environment and teachers’ hard work provides a far better education for children.

The aims and objectives of the school are:

·        To provide a well-rounded education to the poor and under-priviledged children of rural Ladakh.

·        To teach computer and other vocational skills to its students.

·        To preserve Ladakhi art, culture and language through service camps, workshops and seminars.

The annual costs for boarding students is US$430, for day students the annual tuition is US$230. Below are a list of boarding and day students that are in need of financial support to continue their education. If you are able to sponsor a boarding or day student for an entire year or are willing to make a donation to contribute to their schooling costs the school will be more than happy to provide with a picture and personal information of the individual student you are helping.

Please send payment via check or money order to:

John H. Bradley
Lamdon Model School Shey Donation
P.O. Box 147
Madison, WI 53701
U.S.A.

Or via check or credit card online with PayPal.com by clicking on the incon below:




Tsetan Angmo is six years old. She is from Nubra Valley, Ladakh.

Her father has no permanent job but owns four donkeys. He earns his livelihood by carrying goods for the army in remote and treacherous regions of Nubra Valley, Ladakh. The army claims no responsibility for any injury caused while working for them, and can only provide him work for two to three months a year.

Tsetan has two brothers and one sister. Tsetan sees her parents once a year, when they travel to the school’s region to attend a puja with the Dalai Lama.



Sangay Tundup is eleven years old. He is from Changtang (a nomadic region on the Tibetan Plateau, a three days journey from the school. His community survives by selling products smuggled through the Chinese boarder and from selling their few cattle’s milk).

Neither of Sangay’s parents have permanent jobs, sometimes they are able to be hired as casual laborers. Sangay’s sister attends government school and they both live at home - their parents have migrated to the village in which Lamdon Model School is located.

For the past two years, Sangay’s parents have been unable to afford his school fees. Lamdon Model School is allowing him to study for free.



Kunzang Dorjey is six years old. She is from Shey (a day scholar).

Kunzang lives in the nearby village with his family of seven: her mother, grandmother, one younger brother and three older sisters. Kunzang is the only child who is able to attend private school, her siblings all go to the local government school.

His parents are divorced and therefore his mother is the sole generator of income. She makes a living through short-term contracts with the army – paving the roads and carrying buckets of water.



Boarding student Regzin Mingyur helps the hostel cooks carry a heavy bag of fresh spinach from the vegetable truck to the hostel kitchen.

Rigzin Mingyur is thirteen years old. He is from Gia (about 100km, 3hrs from school by bus).

His father works for the government’s Ecology Department, but makes a small salary to support a family of five. Rigzin is the only child who is enrolled in a private school, the other children attend government school which is free but has a lower standard of education. Rigzin has been living in the hostel for four years and due to the close proximity of his home, is able to visit his family twice a year.



Left: Jigmet Yangchen is five years old. She is from: Changtang (a nomadic region on the Tibetan Plateau, a three days journey from the school. Her community survives by selling products smuggled through the Chinese boarder and from selling their few cattles’ milk).

Jigmet’s Aunt, a Buddhist nun, brought her to school three years ago. Her father has come to visit her three times since she arrived, but her mother has never been able to visit her. The school teachers say that when her father comes to visit his lack of personal hygiene is apparent and his appearance is extremely dirty. Since Jigmet has been at Lamdon Model School, she has learned to brush her teeth and take care of her personal hygiene.



Boarding student putting his plate in his trunk after dinner

Stanzin Tharpa is twelve years old. He is from Zangskar (a remote mountain region of Ladakh, 2 days journey from school).

He has been boarding at the school for two years. He has one brother and three sisters. Shortly after arriving at school his mother died. Currently Stanzin does not know of his mothers death. His father does not tell Stanzin of his mothers death because he is worried it will interfere with his education. During the holidays Stanzin goes to his relatives home – he has not been home in two years.

About 75 boarding students live in three rooms. Most of them share a bed. Each student keeps all of his possessions in a single trunk placed on or under their bed.



Padma Chodon is three years old. She is from Pangong Tso (a cold and arid region of Ladakh near the Tibetan border. The environmental conditions result in very small agricultural yields – the people of Pangong need to rely on external sources of income to provide for their families).

Padma’s mother brought her to the school a few months ago. Padma’s father makes a meager living as a truck driver, supporting his family of 7. The teachers are unsure of whether the family will be able to afford for Padma to visit them over the school holiday, she may stay in the hostel during the break. They are also unsure of how her family is paying her school fees, as her father’s monthly salary is less then the hostel’s monthly fees.


The annual costs for boarding students is US$430, for day students the annual tuition is US$230. If you are able to sponsor a boarding or day student for an entire year or are willing to make a donation to contribute to their schooling costs the school will be more than happy to provide with a picture and personal information of the individual student you are helping.

Please send payment via check or money order to:

John H. Bradley
Lamdon Model School Shey Donation
P.O. Box 147
Madison, WI 53701
U.S.A.

Or via check or credit card online with PayPal.com by clicking on the incon below:

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