Looking back a year and moving on forward!

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Langtang in Kathmandu; starting all over again

Thinley Lama came to see Phakchok Rinpoche two weeks after the earthquake last year, from the village committee in Langtang. He described how with the earthquake came a huge landslide that destroyed the village completely. Thinley Lama survived thanks to strongly holding on to his horse and a tree, but 300 people from the village… Read more »

Clean water – a wonderful gift!

Water supplies in the Kathmandu Valley can be difficult at the best of times but since the earthquake life has been harder than usual. Ngagyur Memorial School (Boarding School) moved from their former home in Nubri to Thankot after the earthquake. Their water comes from ‘governmnet lines’ – government laid pipes. Water is currently only available… Read more »

Striding into the Future- the leaders of tomorrow

Our second Himalayan Youth Gathering in July revealed a wealth of talent and energy and CGLF promised to offer further training to participants. Our wonderful facilitators MC Cheong, Leo, Lily, Mahendra and Lopön Urgyen Dorje were reunited this month to run two days of leadership and project management training. After morning prayers each day there was a packed programme of… Read more »

Medicine to Hyolmo

Tashi Lama is the principal of Yangrima School in Sermathang village in Hyolmo, brother to Dr Pasang. During the earthquake relief, both brothers spent their time providing medical help in Hyolmo, particularly in Manekharka. On October 9th CGLF sent Dr Pasang all the remaining medical supplies so kindly donated by CGLF friends in Singapore. He… Read more »

The final delivery to Tarke Gyang

The petrol crisis here in Nepal is acute. Queues of 7 hours this week for a rarion of 5 litres per vhicle were the only concession to the main festival of Dashain, celebrated by every faith and creed throughout the land. Last week drivers waited in line for three days at a time….. So the Tarkegyang… Read more »

Those first precious moments; first aid saves lives

Immediate help saves lives! That was one of the messages we learnt the hard way during the earthquakes and their aftermath. Knowing what to do in an emergency benefits everyone – those who are injured or sick and those called upon to help, who can put their own fears aside in the moment of sharing…. Read more »

Art therapy update – and inspiration!

One of our most inspiring stories has been the work done by Kiran Karjit in Sitapaila. Kiran used our jasta to build an ‘art hut’ where drawing and creating has helped children overcome the traumas of the earthquake – catch up with the original story . We can now bring you up to date! Kiran… Read more »

“Our inestimable gratitude to you all”

The Hyolmo Social Service Center in Boudha (HSSC) usually helps the Hylmo community living in Kathmandu. After the earthquake, HSSC was at the forefront of relief work, focusing on the Hyolmo area of Sindhupalchok district. CGLF joined them in supporting rescue work and supplying and delivering supplies to affected areas.  Last week the Hyolmo community wanted to… Read more »

Cooking for Nepal – Australian fundraiser with a twist!

This week we  have news of another fundraiser for CLGF and friends Shenpen (helping smaller NGOs in Nepal) and Shedrub ( and rebuilding Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling monastery). CGLF were delighted to receive $1380 USD ($2018 AUD), with the same amount also going to Shenpen and Shedrub. Ali Williams told us how it was done! “Friends of… Read more »

  • Cooking for Nepal – Australian fundraiser with a twist!

    This week we  have news of another fundraiser for CLGF and friends Shenpen (helping smaller NGOs in Nepal) and Shedrub ( and rebuilding Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling monastery). CGLF were delighted to receive $1380 USD ($2018 AUD), with the same amount also going to Shenpen and Shedrub. Ali Williams told us how it was done! “Friends of… Read more »

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  • Help for Tashi Choeling Monastery in Sunkani

    Sunkani village in Sindhupalchok is host to the 300 year old Tashi Choeling Monastery or ‘gompa’ of the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism. Founded by Semchey Rinpoche and renovated by Kripo Lama in 2005 B.S. (Nepali calendar) Tashi Choeling is now a community-based monastery, cared for by the Tamang communities of different wards, with fifteen Lamas… Read more »

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  • The Second CGLF Youth Gathering; putting compassion into action!

    On Saturday, July 25th, CGLF held our second annual Youth Gathering. The Youth Gatherings aim to support young people belonging to Buddhist cultures in preserving and cultivating their traditions, and inspire them to put their spiritual practice into action through community activity and practical compassion. You will have read how previous participants have been helping their… Read more »

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  • Posters for Health!

    CGLF has comissioned a poster to remind people about the need for clean water and hygeine to prevent illness. This has become particularly important with the appearance of cholera in the Kathmandu Valley. The Vajra Varahi Healthcare team and monks from our monastery next door have been out and about in Chapagaon village and its… Read more »

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  • Medical Supplies to Dhading District.

    Dinesh Kumar Tamang, Chairman of the Lapa Health Centre committee, took part in the first CGLF Youth Gathering two years ago. Remembering our committmment to social action, which formed a core part of the Gathering discussions, he came to visit our Boudha office to ask CGLF for help. Lapa is three days walk from Dhola… Read more »

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  • Combating Cholera at Nagi Gompa

    Nagi Gompa was the venue for the second water safety and cholera prevention training session, held last week. The Vajra Varahi Healthcare team met nuns and lay workers, and villagers from Tara Bhir nearby at the nunnery, high above the Kathmamdu valley  in the beautiful Shivapuri National Park. The team explained how cholera is spread… Read more »

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    Posted on 15th September 2015 by
  • Cholera prevention and water safety – training to save lives!

    One hundred and seventy one years ago John Snow realised that the cholera outbreak in Broad Street, London, was being spread by water from the local water pump. Further proof of his theory came from the fact that none of the monks in the adjacent monastery contracted cholera, for they drank only beer, which they… Read more »

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  • Twice in a lifetime; stories of the earthquake, 1934

    For Sher Bahadur the events of 25th April 2015 were not entirely unexpected; he had seen it all before. Sher Bahdur was 11 years old back in 1934, living in a small settlement of twelve houses in the open fields of the Kathmandu valley. Now Nikoshera is a village of 160 houses. People began to move here after… Read more »

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    Posted on 3rd September 2015 by
  • Hope becomes reality in Nikoshera

    The fields of Nikoshera sparkle jewel-green under the sapphire sky, just as they should. In front of a street of neat houses, chillies, sweetcorn and gundruk lie on large cloths drying in the sun. It is the same timeless scene one expects for late August in Nepal. But this year is just a little different…. Read more »

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    Posted on 1st September 2015 by