Ngoenga school update

Tenzin Ramjam, aged 12, in one of the new Tibet Relief Fund wheelchairs

Since 2002 Tibet Relief Fund has been supporting Ngoenga School for Tibetan Children with special needs.

One of our avenues of support has been to provide a grant which enables the school to employ a full time physiotherapist. The children at the school suffer from a range of physical problems ranging from Epilepsy to Cerebral Palsy. By funding a dedicated physiotherapist, each child is able to have up to an hour of therapy each day. Whilst some disabilities can be aided, for others the physiotherapy is simply about easing the pain.

Tsering Tolka, age 14, following leg surgery and physiotherapy is no longer wheelchair bound
Tsering Tolka, age 14, following leg surgery and physiotherapy is no longer wheelchair bound

Staff at Ngoenga have noticed a great difference in the children since a second physiotherapist was funded by Tibet Relief Fund. For example, Tsering Tolka was wheelchair bound when she came to the school but was fortunate enough to have life-changing surgery on her leg. When she returned to Ngoenga the physiotherapist was able to give her follow up treatment and support and she is now able to walk with the aid of a walking frame.

Some of you may remember that back in December 2012 we also sent out an urgent appeal for help to replace the old, broken wheelchairs at the school. With Ngoenga nestled at the foothills of the Himilayas, the terrain is uneven and rocky and many of the old wheelchairs were badly damaged. The aim of our appeal was to provide new wheelchairs for the children, affording them greater mobility, freedom and quality of life.

We are delighted to report that, thanks to your generosity, we were able to purchase several new wheel chairs, as well as provide a grant for the school to purchase whatever equipment they felt was most urgent in this instance, medicines.

Focus on Ngoenga
Location: Dekyling, North India
Number of students: 50
Ages: 6 – 25
Main focus: School for special needs children
Support we offer: sponsorship, equipment, emergency medical fund and Physiotherapist funding.

This article appeared in issue 18 of Tibet Matters

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