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Project information

Construction of a hostel for 64 destitute children

Tong-Len wants to give children begging in the streets of India and scavenging in the rubbish dumps an opportunity for education. In order to attend school these children need a safe and secure environment in which to live and study. The new hostel building will accommodate 64 destitute children.

June 2009 - December 2011

Charity information: Tong-Len UK

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  • Need


    Destitute and homeless children from displaced communities living in makeshift shelters in North India are unable to attend school without the provision of a safe and secure environment in which to live and study. Through the Tong-Len child sponsorship scheme children are rescued from a life of begging and scavenging and are enabled to receive the education and care that should be every child's right.


    The building of the new Tong-Len hostel will provide a home for 64 children whilst attending school. For many of the children it will be their first opportunity of living in a safe family environment. Tong-Len has already purchased land and started building. Sufficient money has been raised to complete the building to first floor level, but an extra floor would allow the intake of more children. For this we need to raise another £60,000 plus £10,000 to provide recreational areas.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To allow 64 destitute children to access full time education


    » Complete the building of a hostel for 64 children which will replace current temporary rented hostels and allow more children to recedive education.

    What success will look like

    Success will be measured by the number of children enabled to attend school full time.

    Aim 2

    To provide a warm and caring family environment


    » The children are cared for by resident staff in small family units in the hostel.

    What success will look like

    Success will be measured by interviews with the children.

    Aim 3

    To provide educational support.


    » The hostel staff with help from part-time qualified teachers ensure the children realize their academic potential

    What success will look like

    Success will be measured by the academic success of the children. Already this is astounding with all in the top quartile of their respective classes with many in top postitions.

  • Impact


    Children who previously had no hope and low expectations can now look forward to all the advantages education can bring, including work opportunities and professional status. They will also be able to help their families and communities. Already they are actively involved in giving back to their communities in terms of helping with literacy and health education. Success is measured by academic prowess and by the improvements that are taking place in the slum camps through their advocacy.


    The biggest risk to the building project is earthquake. Tong-Len has taken advice from seismic experts in India to ensure that the structural design meets the most stringent seismic codes.


    Tong-Len regularly reports to donors via newsletters and news items on the web site http://www.tong-len.org . We are happy to provide detailed reports on request.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £260,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £70,000 Building 3rd floor Amount needed to complete building and provide play area
      £130,000 Building 2 floors Construction in progress for completion of 2 floors by June 2011
      £30,000 Preparatory work Site clearance, soil testing and foundations
      £30,000 Purchase of land Land has already been purchased near Dharamsala, India
  • Background


    The location of the hostel building is at Sera near Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh, India. It is close to the slum camp of Charan Khad which is home to 3 communities of displaced Indian people. The majority were once agriculturalists and pastoralists in regions of the western centre of India. Encroaching desert and sustained drought put an end to their livelihoods. They have no security or rights, including the right to education for their children.


    The sponsored children, their families and the wider communities. Also there is a benefit to the UK school children who are supporting Tong-Len's work and who are in regular communication with the children they are helping.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Tong-Len is the only charity working specifically with displaced Indian communities in Himachal Pradesh.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Lobsang Jamyang

    Director of the work in the field and founder of Tong-Len Charitable Trust, registered in India.

    Core Collective Of Australia

    Core collective partners, Dr Ceridwen Owen and Ryan Strating, are the architects for the project and have given their time and expertise freely.

    Anna Owen

    Director of Tong-Len UK, the fundraising branch of Tong-Len, which has to date raised £190,000 for this project.

    Professor Gareth Owen

    Treasurer of Tong-Len UK, who will be monitoring the project to ensure it remains in budget.