Manjushree Vidyapith Orphanage is set in the Himalayas almost 11,000 feet above sea level, in a village called Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh, India.
Manjushree is home to 150 children of Monpa ethnicity (Buddhist with a close cultural and spiritual relationship to Tibet). These children study, play, grow vegetables, learn yoga and look after each other all in this place. Over the past five years, Yoga Aid has had a close relationship with Manjushree and this year a new dormitory, funded through Yoga Aid Challenges as well as through the Foundation will finally be completed! This dormitory will provide extra living space for 80 children, as well as study space for the older residents.
This year, funds raised through Yoga Aid will be directed to the Manjushree higher education fund, so that Manjushree children have the same opportunities as others after they graduate from their school studies. One top quality university course (for e.g. in Delhi) costs around $175 AUD per month for the duration of the course. For a lesser certificate or college, the course will cost about $85 AUD.
All money raised through Yoga Aid will go directly to assisting these beautiful children realise their ambitions to become pilots, doctors, lawyers - or, as many of them say they would like to - return to Manjushree to teach and look after the next group of children in their big family. "