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Oral Archives

Villagers perform a traditional dance in appreciation of the social work done in their village

The continuation of a culture depends on retaining and sustaining its cultural heritage. Many cultures across the world are in decline and many more have been completely lost. The Tamang people in Nepal make up the largest Buddhist minority with over 5 million people. However, like many other cultures under threat, they have no written language. And as happened with so many other cultures, their traditions and customs will possibly be lost unless action is taken to preserve them.

DSC_3690With the drift of younger people to the city and overseas there is the treat of a discontinuity and loss of customs and spiritual beliefs throughout all the ethnic groups in Nepal. For the Tamang people in particular, their culture and customs are very much tied up with their Buddhist heritage.

The Oral Archives Project has been designed and is being implemented to preserve the cultural and spiritual heritage of the Tamang people. The stories of the older generation in villages across Nepal are now being told and recorded. This not only provides a cultural identity for the younger members of the community but also provides an avenue to preserve and foster their spiritual heritage.

Kama interviewing a local man at Boudha for the Oral Archives ProjectVolunteers are going into villages with audio and video recorders to record the stories and customs of their people. They are asked to tell their story about their lives and share their experiences and opinions. They are very happy to talk especially when they know it is preserve the culture for the next generation.

A Volunteer interviewing a at the Boudha Stupa.So far the people in the Kavre District, Nuwakort and in the Kathmandu Valley, especially around Boudhanath Stupa and Swayambu Stupa have all made valuable contributions to this project. It is envisioned in the future that more volunteers and BAC branch supporters will receive recorders to use in their villages. Once the recordings have been made and collected they will be catalogued and stored in the Tamang Cultural Centre in Boudhanath. They will then be made available for those doing research, or for educational purposes.

Compassionate Guidelines

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“Buddha explains in depth how to be in harmony with nature, and so from the Buddhist point of view, care for the environment is very much part of practice.”

-Tulku Losang Namgyal Rinpoche

With the compassionate guidelines of our respected Guru, Tulku Losang Namgyal Rinpoche the environmental initiative is the underpinning part of our project. Environment is very important for the existence of all the sentient beings. We can’t imagine our life without the earthy environment and its support. Not only this generation, but for other generations, the environment is something very important. But with the rapid population growth, pollution, urbanization degradation of environment is increasing day by day. If we exploit the natural environment in an extreme way, today we might see some benefits but in long run we ourselves will suffer and other coming generation too. Excessive use will lead to adverse changes in structural, climatic, economic, socio change, even our physical body. So in the today’s context it has become very important to preserve our environment. So, NR Foundation has been working tirelessly in the preservation of environment by implementing different project like PLANTATION, WATER PROJECT, and AWARENESS CAMPAIGN.

The Korean Health Camp, 2013

IMG_0092The Namgyal Jyangcub Choeling Monastery in Tinchuli, hosted successful health camp in October, 2013. This was conducted and sponsored by the Dongguk University and the Nagarjuna Monastery of South Korea and organized by the NR Foundation Nepal. Doctors, nurses and general volunteers from South Korea gave their precious time to check and treat more than 600 people over two days. They were assisted by own volunteers. The Korean volunteers also painted the new restrooms which now have brightly colored flowers on the outside walls. IMG_6125Many people lined up for hours to receive free treatment, medicines and spectacles according to need but many had to be turned away when the medicine ran out. Translators were there on hand to assist those that were fortunate to receive treatment. For some their happiness was evident by their smiles as they received their pair of glasses which otherwise they could not afford. Everybody who attended was satisfied.

On the last day,after a sumptuous Nepali meal, the delegation presented us with boxes of gifts, crayons and watches for the children and the medical supplies and clothes that were left over. Rinpoche thanked them for their kindness and generosity and presented them with khatas and gifts. We will not forget their kindness and hope that they will return again in 2014.

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NR Foundation Health Project

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Health is the chief project of NR Foundation. Our major interest is in the health area and to find sustainable solutions to the problem of ongoing health care in Nepal. Its activities in this field include aiming to provide a range of medical outreach services in the most remote areas of Nepal.

The Foundation has recognized the importance of playing a compassionate and active role in improving the health outcomes of those who have little or no access to adequate health care.Medical Team in Rasuwa Sershyung VDC

As in many areas of Nepal the health services are often either inadequate or not available. In some of the most remote areas there is no health post, no doctors, health workers and hospital available. Villagers may have to travel for many hours on foot to reach a substantial health facility. Treatable diseases often go undiagnosed and untreated. This can lead to preventable death and disabilities. Children and pregnant women are most at risk in the remote areas due to a lack of facilities and education.

NRF Water project

'Water is the driver of Nature.'
 - Leonardo da Vinci

(For front)Boy getting water from a makeshift water system

-Boy getting water from a makeshift water system in Rasuwa district of Nepal

Water project is the major ongoing project carried out by NRF. We have worked together with the Bendigo Rotary Club in Victoria Australia to provide sustainable solutions in areas of mutual interests. Through the tireless work of Julie Sloan, the member of the Bendigo Rotary Club, we have been able to acquire funding to carry out our ongoing water project in many remote villages of Rasuwa, Okhaldunga and Kakani district.

DSC_6128We motivate local human resources and supply pipe, cement and the other essential material under the supervision of our engineer to carry out the work for the project. About 100 households have been benefited by our programs. Our system supplies each household with enough water for their cooking, drinking, animals and gardens.

Ongoing medical treatment for Sushil

susilWe wish little Sushil Tamang all the best for his operation today.Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.
Sushil is five years old and lives in Nepal. He is profoundly deaf and cannot speak since con
tracting menangytis when he was six months old.
We found Sushil whilst doing a water project in his mother’s village in Kakani in 2014. Due to their extreme poverty the young parents could not afford any treatment to Sushil. Julie priest and her brother David decided to help Sushil. They raised $11,000 US for the implant and associated costs.We sincerely thank all those kind and generous people who has contributed to giving Sushil a bright future.Now Sushil can go to school.
If you want to help children like Sushil please feel free to contact us.

Plantation on Kakani (2013 Plantation Program)

IMG_0158Every year NR Foundation has been running plantation program successfully. On 2013, it had conducted the tree planting program in Kakani village. With the participation of NRF’s volunteers and local villagers, 1200 different species of plants were planted on the sloppy hill of Kakani. Local villagers with young, old, and children were actively participated. Villagers were very happy to have such kind of plantation program. Foundation has been doing regular checking to those plants.

Plantation on Basamadi VDC Hetauda(2012 Plantation Program)

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On 25th August, 2012 the tree planting program was successfully conducted around the Sertung Monastery at Basamadi VDC, Ward no. 5 Makwanpur district. About thirteen hundred different species of plants were planted with actively participation of local villagers. The program was coordinated and supported by the Buddhist Awareness Center. The program began with the special rituals performed by guest Lama, Venerable Pasang Lama from Namgyal Jyangchub Choeling Monastery, Tinchuli