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Your sponsorship makes it possible for nuns from Tibet, Himalayan regions of Nepal, and Bhutan to study and practice in Khenpo Rinpoche's nunneries.

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Ani Lhundrub Drolma
Birth Year:
2008
Village:
Bumthang, Bhutan
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
Lhundrub Drolma wants to study Buddhism. She wants to study in the shedra and would like to do a retreat. She wants to be a nyerpa in the future.

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Ani Jangsem Chodron
Birth Year:
2003
Village:
Sakteng, Bhutan
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
Jangsem Chodron is from eastern Bhutan. She studied up to grade 10 in Dungtshe central school. She has 8 siblings. She has great interest in the Buddha Dharma. She wants to study in shedra and wants to be a teacher in the future.

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Ani Urgyen Dolma
Half Sponsored
Birth Year:
2017
Village:
Yolmo, Nepal
Nunnery:
Tek Chok Ling Resident Monastic
My name is Urgyen Dolma. I was born on 11th October 2017 in the village of YolmoNepal. Including myself there are 5 members in my family. They are my grandparent, mother and my big brother. My mother’s name is Maya Sherpa. She works in the fields and looks after my grandparents. My elder brother is in grade five. My father died when I was so little. Maybe I was 13 months that time. We have one dog, Tommy, and three kittens in my home. I love to play with the kittens and sometime my kittens sleep with me. But I am afraid of my Tommy because he is very big. I had many friends in my village school, among them my close friends are Mingler and Lhakpa. I joined the nunnery on 4th December this year (2022) and I am the newest nun in my nunnery right now. I found many friends here and everyone loves me. Tsundue is the same age as me and she is from Dolpa. I love to draw with my friends and I like to draw the pictures of persons and color them. I love all subjects, but I love mathematics period. I am also learning to read Tibetan and I hope I could read well very soon. I have my cousin sister (Ani Karma Yangzom) and aunt (Ani Tsultrim Dolma) with me at the nunnery and they take care of me very well. In future, I want to become a good person and help others.

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Ani Karma Tenzin Drolma
Half Sponsored
Birth Year:
2005
Village:
Laya Gasa, Bhutan
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
International School
Ani Karma Tenzin Drolma is from Laya Gasa, Bhutan. She is the youngest among six siblings. She studied up to class four in the government school. She says that she would like to do retreat in the future and eventually be head nun.

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Ani Zhenphen Kyizom
Birth Year:
2010
Village:
Zhamgang Bhutan
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
She joined the nunnery in April 2022. She is studying in Class six in Kuengarabten primary school. She is in the middle among 3 siblings. She would like to study in the Shedra and in the Future she would like to be a English teacher. She is happy in the nunnery with many friends and she likes studying Dzongkha.

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Ani Rigzin Tsokyi
Birth Year:
2008
Village:
Dangdung Trongsa
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
She is studying in Class five. She joined the nunnery in April 2022. She is in the middle among 5 siblings. She would like to be a Dungtsho in the nunnery. She would like to study in the Shedra. She is happy in the nunnery. She was brought in the nunnery by her mother, but also out of her own will.

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Ani Samdrub Palmo
Birth Year:
2014
Village:
Sakteng Tashigang
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
She joined nunnery on the 21st of February 2022. She is studying in class two. She is happy in the nunnery with many new friends. She wants to study in the Shedra. In future she wants to be a English teacher.

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Ani Karma Mingyur Yangzom
Birth Year:
2005
Village:
Sakteng Tashigang
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
She studied up to 9th standard in Dungtshi Central School in Tashigang. She became a nun on the 21st February 2022. She is in the middle among 7 siblings. While she was in school, she was inspired to become a nun by hearing Dharma teachings from one khenpo. While in school, she served as a prayer leader and she is very interested in becoming a chant leader in the future. She would like to study in the Shedra and do retreat in the future. She is very happy and very grateful to Rinpoche, the teachers and the head nun for all the necessary things she receives and she does not have any problems in the nunnery. Now she would like to study well, serve the nunnery and preserve the teachings of the Buddha.

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Ani Karma Jangchen Tshomo
Birth Year:
2011
Village:
Sakteng Tashigang
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
She is studying in class three. She is the eldest among three siblings. In future she would like to be Nyerpa.

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Ani Samten Drolma
Birth Year:
2013
Village:
Baling, Trongsa
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
Ani Samten Drolma joined the nunnery in 2021. Since Samten had to go far away from home to study in School, her mother brought her to the nunnery thinking where she could stay with her sister Ani Damcho Drolma and study. She now goes to Kuengarabten Primary School with her sister, and she is studying in grade one. When asked whether she is happy in the nunnery, she replies that she is happy in the nunnery with many new friends.

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Ani Rangjung Chodron
Birth Year:
2008
Village:
Tsirang, Bhutan
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
Ani Rangjung Chodron joined the nunnery in January 2021. She is going to school in Kuengarabten primary school and in grade five. She has 6 siblings. In future, she would like to study in the shedra and become a teacher.

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Ani Lodro Sangmo
Birth Year:
2018
Village:
Dolakha, Eastern Nepal
Nunnery:
Tek Chok Ling Resident Monastic
My name is Lodro Sangmo and I was born in 2018. I am from Dolakha which lies in eastern part of Nepal. There are seven members in my family. I have two little sisters, one is 2 years old and another is 8 months. I love to play with them. In May 2022 my uncle and grandmother brought me to Kathmandu (capital city). I stay with grandmother and grandfather and later they send me to become a nun. Now I study in kinder garden. I have many friends in the nunnery and I have three best friends, they are Tsundue Palmo, Karma Tsultrim and Tsering Lhamo. Tsundue is one year older than me and we love to draw and coloring different pictures of animals and fruits. I love to play with dolls with Karma and Tsering and they make laugh every day. Everyone in my nunnery love and take care of me as I am the smallest one. My grand mother, grand father and aunt come to meet me in holidays and I go to their home too. I love to eat orange, banana and apple, they are very delicious and testy. My favorite color is green because I love to draw trees and plants. I love all my friends and love my nunnery so much.

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Ani Khenrab Wangmo
Half Sponsored
Birth Year:
2012
Village:
Hyelambhu, Yolmo
Nunnery:
Tek Chok Ling Resident Monastic
My name is Khenrab Wangmo from Hyelambhu (Yolmo) of Nepal. I was born in 2012. I went to the kinder garden. I have a small family. There are 4 members in my family. They are my father, mother, elder sister and me. My father’s name is Kumar and mother’s name is Such Maya. My sister’s name is Santi. She helps my parent in field works. When I was in the village, I used to play all the time and sometimes I help my mother to finish her works. I didn’t attend school in my village. When I first came to the capital city (Kathmandu) I was surprised by the tall buildings and vehicles. Now I have many friends in my nunnery. There are 8 students in my class and my friends help me in my study. Yonten and Sherab are my best friends. Yonten is also my roommate. We play every Saturday in our ground. I really love to draw and I am good at it. So, sometimes I teach my friends to color the pictures. Everyone in my class love my drawings. Red and blue are my favorite colors because I love to draw a pictures of sky and plants . I love English period because it is very fun to learn English rhymes and sing them with my classmates. Sometimes my class teacher read a story book for us and I love to listen to it. I like to play with my friends and I love them very much.

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Ani Kunga Sangmo
Half Sponsored
Birth Year:
2014
Village:
Kathmandu, Nepal
Nunnery:
Tek Chok Ling Resident Monastic
My name is Kunga Sangmo and I was born in 2014. I have a big family and I love all my family members. I have my parent, aunt, little brothers, elder brother and elder sister in my family. I love all my siblings, and I miss them so much. My little brother’s name is Nare. Nare and we used to play together every day and he also love to play with me. I read till grade 2 in my village but there were not all the subjects in our school. So, I came to Kathmandu with my mom and my mom told me to become a nun. And I also love that so, I became a nun in June, and I have changed a lot in these 6 months. I found many dharma friends in nunnery, who were around my age. At first, I don’t know how to speak, read, or write Tibetan, but now I can read and write very well. I love to speak Tibetan with the nuns, especially with the senior nuns and I hope I could speak like them in future. My close friends in nunnery are Sonam Tsomo and Tsering Lhamo because we are of same age. Sonam is in grade 2 she goes to school (Shree Mangal Dvip school) and she help me in reading Tibetan words and morning prayers. Sometimes I also teach her some Nepali words because I am good in Nepali subject. But my favorite subject is Mathematics because it is very fun to count the numbers and I love to do addition and subtraction. I have some hobbies too, they are watching cartoons, reading books with my classmates, playing games, coloring the pictures and I love to eat too. My favorite cartoon is “Luca” it is about two little fishes. It was showed to us by our English teacher. I love to eat oranges and it is my all-time favorite fruit. In our nunnery we always have a “T-momo” (Tibetan dumpling) in our breakfast and I love to eat it. I love to eat vegetables too, but potato is the best. My first name “Kunga” means “loved by everyone” in Tibetan and I love my name so much because everyone in my nunnery loves me so much. I found my name very unique. In future I will become a great person and will help other beings. I love my Rinpoche, the nunnery and the nuns so much.

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Ani Youdon Lhamo
3/4 Sponsored
Birth Year:
2014
Village:
Braggang, Yolmo
Nunnery:
Tek Chok Ling Resident Monastic
My name is Youdon Lhamo and I was born in Braggang village (Yolmo) which lies in Sindupalchok district of Nepal. Yolmo is very peaceful and beautiful place. I was born in 2014. I have one little sister. Her name is Lhakpa. We use to play together and she is like my best friend. My parent work in the fields. I became a nun in August 2022 and I love living in nunnery. Pema Dolma was my birth name and I got a new name, Youdon Lhamo, from Rinpoche when I became a nun. I was very happy for my new name and I love it when nuns call me by my new name. I don’t go to school when I was in my village and I don’t know how to read or write. I spend my day by playing with friends and helping my mother. But now I can read say some alphabet and write them down. Sometimes my friends help me to spell the words and they are very helpful. I love to draw random picture of people and houses because it is very fun. I like to eat with my friends during mealtime and sing rhymes in classroom. We have a dog in our nunnery and his name is Gyagsha. I love to play with Gyagsha. I love my friends and senior nuns.

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Ani Pema Chozom
Half Sponsored
Birth Year:
2003
Village:
Khamay, Bhutan
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
Ani Pema Chozom is from Khamay, under Trongsa, Bhutan. She has seven siblings and she is the youngest. She was able to study up to class three in the government school. She likes playing ball, and skipping. She would like to join the shedra when she gets older and hopes to be a teacher in the future. She joined the nunnery in June 2015.

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Ani Kelzang Chodron
Quarter Sponsored
Birth Year:
1987
Village:
Chali Mongar, Bhutan
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
Kelzang Chodron studied up to ten standard in Galposhing higher secondary school in Mongar. She was sick for so long, and went to see one Rinpoche who lives in Thimphu, and who does cleansing rituals to remove obstacles. She stay with Rinpoche for 7 years and did Ngondro there. This year (2020) she decided to join our nunnery to do some more studies in Buddhism. She is the youngest among 3 siblings. She would like to complete her studies in Buddhist texts, rituals and would like to do retreat and serve the nunnery.

The Benefits of Nun Sponsorship

The KTGR Nuns Sponsorship Program provides all the nuns at Tek Chok Ling (Nepal) and Karma Drubdey (Bhutan) with proper education, nutritious food, comfortable housing, medical care, books, and the chance to fully engage in the practice of the Buddha’s teachings.

Your tax-deductible support of $2 a day (or less than 2 € a day) makes this possible for over 120 nuns from Tibet, Himalayan regions of Nepal, and Bhutan.

Khenpo Rinpoche's nuns combine traditional dharma study and practice with Rinpoche's instructions on the view and meditation. They demonstrate this through singing Milarepa songs, performing their Tara dance, and practicing lujong (physical yoga).

Sponsors receive bi-annual letters from their nun and periodic updates from the Nun Sponsorship coordinators.

For more information or questions, contact joanne@marpafoundation.org.