Many Tibetan children from (formerly) nomadic families in the region of Sershul have never been to school due to poverty or social conditions. For those children, Ridgzin built the Ju Mipham Education Centre. This complete centre will serve as primary and secondary school and later will also offer further training and workshops.
Between the ages of 6 and 21, there are currently 300 children at the primary school level. In 2014 the first cohort of 35 secondary students started.
In short, it is an excellent start. There was, however, still a need for better sanitary facilities – and that was something the Marthe van Rijswijck Foundation could help with financially.
The plan was to build two buildings: one for girls and one for boys, and each with 18 squat toilets. However, due to good financial planning and some extra funds, it was possible to build a few extra toilets, which was good news for so many students.
Now all the children have access to clean toilets and no longer need to relieve themselves in the fields around the school.