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The Crystal Castle is committed to supporting a multitude of international causes to make the world a better place.

Tso Pema Kids Garden Nursery School (Kindergarten)

Near Dharmsala in Northern India, where thousands of Tibetan Buddhist refugees live, a small kindergarten has been growing with the support of money raised by visitors to the Crystal Castle. In June 2007, people started making offerings of coins to the statues on the Buddha Walk. Starting with Avalokiteshvara, the Buddha of Compassion, and spreading to all the statues, over $6,000 has since been raised. This has allowed for the continuing growth of the kindergarten, now with 37 children, the employment of 2 teachers, and a local woman to cook all the kids a healthy meal every day. Supporting such a place enables the Tibetan culture to continue; otherwise they must attend Indian schools (if they can afford it).
 

Rainbow in Tso Pema

 

Tso Pema kids singing and dancing Toddlers Lunch at Tso Pema

 


Letter to the Crystal Castle from Tso Pema Kindergaten, March 3rd, 2008

Dear respected sono and naren,

Here we are possible to reopen our school by yours great support and kind sympathetic after two and half months winter vacation. Also this year we have 12 more new students. And 6 students are gone out for higher school in TCV Chauntra and other school. Now we have 28 students. Also we set one more class room. So everything's are going perfect by yours great support. Weather over here is pleasant. How weather over your side? Last, but not the least heartful thanks in prayers. Tashi Deleck.

Yours Sincerely,
Tsering Dorjee, staffs and all students.

Website: www.myspace.com/panthapictures


Tso Pema, support for nuns living in caves

Also in Tso Pema, over 200 refugee Tibetan nuns live in caves. The Crystal Castle has been sponsoring 4 nuns since 1999. All food and living needs are provided. Sponsorship is only around $ 200 per year for each nun.

The nuns are:
(Ani means Buddhist Nun)

Ani Kunchok Dolma, born in 1974 in Derge, Kham, Eastern Tibet. Escaped from Tibet 1998. Buddhist Practise- Drukpa Kagyu and Nyingmapa.
Ani Tamdin Dolma, born in 1978 in Derge, Kham, Eastern Tibet. Escaped from Tibet 1998. Buddhist Practise- Drukpa Kagyu and Nyingmapa.
Ani Chemi Pelmo, born in 1980 in Kham in Eastern Tibet. Escaped from Tibet in 2001, with her mother and sister.


Ani Tsultrim, born 1950 in Kham in Eastern Tibet.

Website: www.pantha.burgundysky.com


A Young Monk in Bhutan

Nyima Rigdzin is a young Buddhist monk in Bhutan. He was born in 1991, and lives in Tamshing Monastery, Jakar. The Crystal Castle sponsors all his living costs.
 

Nyima Rigdzin in Tamshing Monastery, Bhutan
Nyima Rigdzin’s classroom
Tamshing Monastery was built by Pema Lingpa in 1501


Website: www.pantha.burgundysky.com


ACCESS Nepal

ACCESS is a youth led non-governmenat, non-profit making and community based social organisation in Nepal.

ACCESS functions as per the spirit of Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Convention on Child Rights and envisions a world where every single child has an easy access to health, education and human rights without any barrier and discrimination.

The Restoring Childhood Program has been in action since 2010 principally focusing on the domestic child labour exploitation and protecting a child from abuse, neglect, violence with a major intervention of education.
Crystal Castle sponsors three children through ACCESS.

Website: www.accessnepal.org


Overseas Orphanages

Since 2000 when the Labyrinth was first created, money has been raised to help build orphanages in East Timor and Kenya. Over $ 30,000 has been donated over this time, which has made a significant impact on the efforts of non-government organizations Hope In East Timor and WYI – World Youth International. HOPE has built an orphanage in the Ermera district of East Timor, while WYI has built the Owiti Children’s Home in Kenya.
 

Owiti Children’s Home, Kenya  


Website: www.worldyouth.org.au
Blog: hopeintimor.blogspot.com


Saving the Whales - Flight of the Humpback

Byron local Dean Jeffreys has been an activist filmmaker and a passionate part of the anti-whaling lobby for many years. The Crystal Castle supports Dean in his travels and actions to events such as the recent International Whaling Commission meeting in Chile.
 


Website: www.flightofthehumpback.org


Earth Children Global – cleaning up plastic

Another Byron local, Wally Halvorsen, is passionate about cleaning up plastic rubbish in the world, and making the world a better and safer place for children. He empowers under-privileged children to create a clean green sustainable environment for their future. Starting in Penestanan, a village near Ubud in Bali, Wally has been successful in a major clean-up and educational program. The Crystal Castle has been a major founding supporter of this great project.



Website: www.earthchildrenglobal.com


Kiva - Micro lending



Crystal Castle owner Naren and his son Toby King, nine years of age, are interested in the concept of “micro-credit”, small loans made to entrepreneurs, in the third world. Kiva lets you lend to a specific entrepreneur in the developing world – empowering them to lift themselves out of poverty. Each pre-screened entrepreneur is hard-working and hopes to create a sustainable livelihood. All they need is a small loan.

Kiva is an online community of micro-lenders, and it’s a user-friendly web-based system where a lender’s “portfolio” is maintained. Loans can be as little as US$ 25, and lenders group together to support. Default rates on loans are almost non-existant, and repaid loans can be withdrawn or re-lent. As at October 2008, Kiva handles over US$ 42,000.000.00 worth of loans, from over 330,000 people around the world, to tens of thousands of entrepreneurs.

Toby currently runs a portfolio of 4 loans - to a woman named Queen Gbeaya, a beauty salon owner in Nigeria, Africa, (funds to expand business), a woman named Ying Deang, a souvenir seller in Siam Reap, Cambodia (funds to buy motorbike transport), and two groups of women (13 in all) in co-operatives in Savaii, Samoa (funds to expand their business and farming activities).

Website: www.kiva.org


Greenpeace



Website: www.greenpeace.com


Sea Shepherd Conservation Society – led by Captain Paul Watson

Sea Shepherd is on permanent patrol to help protect the precious marine eco-system, whales, dolphins, turtles, and sharks. Crystal Castle is a regular contributor to Sea Shepherd, and recently supported the production of the locally-produced CD “Songs for Sea Shepherd”.

Website: www.seashepherd.org


Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)

Also known as Doctors Without Borders, is the world's leading independent organisation for medical aid.

Website: www.msf.org