Fundraising continues for the Resource Management Plan. REDI is a 501c3 non-profit, and all donations of any value are tax deductible. This applies to money, financial instruments, tools, travel vouchers, equipment, or any other items that have not already been depreciated on tax returns.
We have a short budget that will explain the basic needs for funding that are making this development process possible. We need about $100,000 over five years to succeed at establishing a sustainable Plan that will serve both the monastery and the surrounding region in perpituity.
REDI has thus far received these donations for the Thupten Choling Management Plan.
If you would like to participate, either as a donor, or as a volunteer, please contact REDI.
Dennis Ramsey, President
REDI began work on Thupten Choling's Resource Management Plan in May, 2003. REDI's ability to complete the Management Plan is entirely dependent on the timing and volume of donations.
April 2015 brought enormous change to Thupten Choling. Nearly all of the nuns houses were destroyed in the earthquake. All of the work of dedicated donors and nuns to improve living conditions with stoves and roofs have been dealt a serious setback. Rebuilding is taking place slowly while the nuns live under tarps. Monsoon has begun and the work is harder than it would be in the dry season. Fortunately the metal roof sheets and the iron woodstoves we had donated in the past survived, and can be used again. The main work is to stabilize the hillside before rebuilding all of the houses by hand. The main asset of the monastery is the nuns and their labor, and they will be rebuilding their own houses.
In the past few years, REDI has built a large wifi network in the region to provide networking to the monasteries for communications and education. Now the young students can access the Nepalese national ePustakalia lesson plans, and the monks and nuns can call their relatives via Viber for free rather than spending precious cash on cell calls. The staff at Thupten Choling can also now do marketing by phone from the monastery to the district center, Salleri, which would otherwise be a 4 hour trek just to place an order or get information. We powered the network from the excess capacity of our installed solar electrical systems at each monastery.
The roof of the new monastery was finished in May 2004, and the inside of the building was finished in November 2006. REDI's crew was able to install a major portion of the internal wiring in June 2004, before the flooring was laid. In November 2005 we were able to lay an underground transmission wire to distribute the hydrogenerator's output more effectively. Since the huge stoves in the basement are soon to be constructed, now is also the time to install coils or pumps for hot water.
Working at 10,000 ft. has its challenges. We always need to establish our own camp and kitchen for the workers who will be laying wire, digging trench, etc. We also need alot of up-front time in order to assemble parts and tools in the USA and in Kathmandu, because of the remoteness of the job site. If anything is forgotten, the work must stop until a solution, or the part, is found. So, it is crucial that REDI establish its own office and staff at Thupten Choling during our work there, in order to maintain logistical control. We have also begun training the technician monks, and staging the arrival of various helpers and consultants who will be providing work and expertise for the various components of the Plan. All of this requires time and funding to accomplish. A forestry team arrived in late June '04 to create a reforestation program, and now the nuns are planting 4000 new trees per year. A consultant arrived in April 2006 to institute a battery recharging program, and work on new septic tanks and home lighting will begin in summer 2007.
Budgeting a project of this nature is always approximate. It is obvious that good management of finances and technology is required to do justice to the community. The remedies sought are not extravagant, the costs are mostly local, and there is no intention to prop-up a community that cannot sustain itself. The residents of Thupten Choling are ecologically capable, but find themselves in difficult circumstances after fleeing their own homeland. The intention of putting this work into their community to change the resource equation is so that this important religious institution can survive into an uncertain future.
Exact costs are impossible to know. All figures stated here are best approximations. Wages for local-hire masons, electricians, foremen, etc., are known. Costs for specific machinery, parts, and supplies are also known.
Unknown factors include the exact cost of building septic tanks or instituting a reforestation program, for example. This and other issues will be handled by contracting the consultant or partner to visit the site so that we can have professional assessments of costs and designs for the various components of the Plan. Only then can precise project costs be known.
REDI's function is to administer and manage the various components of the Plan, and the specific personnel and technical requirements of each, and to train the residents in sustainable living practices. Costs must be managed, and technology must be appropriate.
REDI's responsibilities include local staff payment, the cost of establishing an office, kitchen, and encampment for all workers and consultants on the remote job site, tools, shipping, communications, local worker's medical care, etc.
Based on these constraints and givens, the following costs can be assumed, in order of importance -
4) building the septic tanks - $4,000 Scheduled for 2016
6) metal roofs for 350 homes - $15,000 In Progress - REDI and Sacred Land gathered donations for 80 more roofs this year.
9) costs for hot water, a solid waste dump, a demonstration solar home, an eco-center, solar cooking, hydronic heat, and telephone, are components of the comprehensive plan but are of secondary importance to the above, and their development must wait until the components relating to energy and conservation are funded and in-progress. A cost schedule of these secondary components can not be given at this time.
REDI began fundraising specifically for the Thupten Choling Resource Management Plan in August, 2003, and has received financial support from the following:
City of Eugene Sister City Program
The J.P. Michaud Fund, Geneva
Total donations as of Feb 2014- - - - - - - - - - $22,650
We very much appreciate the assistance of our donors, who have made some very significant changes possible for the community of Thupten Choling!
If you would like to donate to the Resource Management Plan for Thupten Choling, please use the following information:
REDI's non-profit account #: 1-536-9085-7278
US Bank, 800 Willamette Street,
Routing # for e-transfers: 123000220
or, use PayPal below.
Donations must specify REDI as the recepient for you to claim the 501(c)3 tax deduction. REDI's EIN# is: 93-1296838 for your tax purposes.
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