The Maitreya Foundation Story

The genesis for this story was the Chinese invasion of Tibet in the middle of the last century.

When the Tibetan leader, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, sought refuge in India in 1959, thousands of his people risked their lives and walked away from everything they held dear and precious to follow in his footsteps and make the arduous and treacherous trip over the Himalaya to freedom.

Since then, the Tibetans have lived as welcome refugees in India, but in a country of more than a billion people where so many struggle to subsist on a daily basis, life has not been easy.

So, imagine where a Tibetan orphan would fit into this picture?

The Maitreya Foundation was created with the awareness of that desperate need, with the desire to not only create a safe haven and a loving family environment for those who were young and alone in a strange land, but to help them get a modern education, and to keep their culture alive.

Sadly, Maitreya can’t look after all of the Tibetan orphans in India, but we do look after as many as we can afford to, running as a not-for-profit organisation with the blessing of His Holiness, the Dalai Lama.

The members of Maitreya home with Bonnie Cappunchino, the director of Child Haven International. Child Haven is the main funding body for Maitreya home. 

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The name Maitreya or Metteyya is derived from the word maitrī (Sanskrit ) or mettā (Pāli ) meaning "loving-kindness", which is in turn derived from the noun mitra (Pāli: mitta) in the sense of "friend".