DIRECTORS LETTER

Letter From the Director

In 1997 after passing my degree in Buddhist Philosophy from Drepung Loseling Monastery, I was 30 years old and wanted to put into practice the teaching of the Lord Buddha by trying to help all sentient beings. Particularly the ones who are in most difficulty.
After visiting various Tibetan refugee settlements in India, I was deeply touched by the situation of many children affected by physical, mental or economical problem. Meeting the parents in total distress unable to foresee any future for their children, gave me the desire to act in one way or the another to help them.

My first action was to meet my spiritual hierarchy, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and his eminence the Gaden Tri Rinpoche, For advice, they were very supportive and enthusiastic and His Holiness offered a 100,000 Rs. as seed money for the project.

Secondly I decided to go to western countries to see if I could find some help of both financial and technical. I visited many handicap centers and orphanages in France, Swizerland and Germany, had meeting with "Handicap International", with Swiss foundation for disabled children around the world, and finally realized I had to first see what I could do myself in India.

I created a foundation called “the International Maitreya Foundation” and registrated it under the India Society Act of 1860 in 1997.

I had a list of 50 applicants who needed eduational and basic day to day living support from the Maitreya Foundation.

Finally I started very small and rented a small house in the outskirts of Delhi. The place is called Dwarka, we registered 5 orphan children at first. Then slowly the number of children increased 5 to 15 and now there are 21 Orphan and semi-orphan children in Maitreya Home and they all are attented in a Reputed Indian Public school called Shiksha Bharati Public School at Dwarka, we now have 4 volunteer staff and we also sponsor 12 children and 5 elderly people of the Home.

I met Jurme Wangda who was the staff of H.H. the Dalai Lama's representative office in Japan, he was ex-bodyguard of His Holiness and presently he is the founder and director of Ottawa Friends of Tibet, Canada. He introduced Madam Bonnie Capuccino, the director of "Child Haven International of Canada " who has been sponsoring the project since.

Meanwhile I worked with the World Health Organization (WHO) for rehabilitation of drug addicted youths in Tibetan society and got a letter of high appreciation from the Department Of Health, Central Tibetan Administration of H.H the Dalai Lama.

The Maitreya Foundation accept only those children who falls under these sections.

  1. Orphan children who have no one to care for them.
  2. Semi orphans from very poor families usually age 6 and under
  3. Children, whose parents can not afford schooling
  4. Old aged people who do not have any near and dear ones to take care of them, Maitreya Foundation provide both financial and moral support to them.

I very much appreciate the help of all the people who are helping Maitreya Foundation to achieve its goal of helping all sentient beings especially the young and elderly.

Dakpa Rinpoche
(Director)

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