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Gyuto Monks Aged Care Accommodation Facility, India

A small group of young monks fresh out of Tibet in 1960, destitute without robes, food or shelter, dedicated their lives to rebuilding their famous Gyuto Tantric Monastic University in exile in India. Over the decades, refugees and stateless people have maintained their Tibetan nationality, battled poverty and lack of resources to help rebuild the Gyuto Monastery into a thriving community of 500 monks.

In the late 1960’s, Professor Huston Smith an eminent authority on world...

A small group of young monks fresh out of Tibet in 1960, destitute without robes, food or shelter, dedicated their lives to rebuilding their famous Gyuto Tantric Monastic University in exile in India. Over the decades, refugees and stateless people have maintained their Tibetan nationality, battled poverty and lack of resources to help rebuild the Gyuto Monastery into a thriving community of 500 monks.

In the late 1960’s, Professor Huston Smith an eminent authority on world religions, discovered chanting in the remote village of Dalhousie in the Himalayas, took a tape of their unique chanting to MIT and the monks were invited to visit the UK and USA in 1971. The rest is history. Today the Gyuto Monks are recognised around the world for their unique harmonic chanting and are masters of the tantric arts including the creation of Sand Mandalas and Butter Sculpture. This has enabled them to rebuild and practice their strict form of monastic training while touching millions of people globally with their kindness and compassion.

Over the past 23 years, a strong mutually rewarding relationship has been forged with Australia allowing them to move to a new monastery in Dharamsala, near their leader the Dalai Lama. Nestled in the foothills of the Daulader mountains, the monastery is surrounded by Indian farms with snow capped mountains as a backdrop.

Several foundation monks, who were the forerunners of these tours, remain in the monastery and require specialised aged care accommodation to help them live out their final years in comfort. They have given their lives to provide for the younger generations into the future and this project is a dream of giving back. These older monks currently reside in a 3 story concrete dormitory block and sadly, one of the original monks fell, broke his spine and died a few months ago as he tried to reach the toilet in the middle of the night.

Originally envisaged as 8 ground floor units, contributions by WEN Giving meant that the project expanded to become 22 separate apartments with communal meditation space plus a large kitchen/dining area. The monastery will now be able to house all its monks over the age of 65 years plus provide space for elderly visiting monks.

WEN Giving becomes one of the Patrons of the Arts for the Vatican Museums

Since 2016, WEN Giving has been committed to supporting the restoration of the intricate fresco’s surrounding the stairwells leading to the San Lorenzo Chapel.  Often referred to as the “Holy Staircase,” pilgrims have for hundreds of years visited the stairs causing much wear and tear.

The restoration of the wall paintings at the Pontifical Sanctuary of the Holy Stairs is considered to be one of the most important conservation projects in Rome for the late Renaissance period...

Since 2016, WEN Giving has been committed to supporting the restoration of the intricate fresco’s surrounding the stairwells leading to the San Lorenzo Chapel.  Often referred to as the “Holy Staircase,” pilgrims have for hundreds of years visited the stairs causing much wear and tear.

The restoration of the wall paintings at the Pontifical Sanctuary of the Holy Stairs is considered to be one of the most important conservation projects in Rome for the late Renaissance period and ensures that countless people will be able to encounter beautiful works of art and holy sites renewed to their original splendour for generations to come.  

Gold Giving Box, Australia

In 2014, WEN Giving through Hawaiian supported a new initiative of property company Hawaiian PL, the Gold Giving Box. Western Australians visiting Hawaiian retail and commercial properties during the Christmas period were encouraged to donate items needed by various charity partners. Beneficiaries included Foodbank, Anglicare, the 2016 Waroona Fires Relief Fund and St Bartholomew’s.

In 2014, WEN Giving through Hawaiian supported a new initiative of property company Hawaiian PL, the Gold Giving Box. Western Australians visiting Hawaiian retail and commercial properties during the Christmas period were encouraged to donate items needed by various charity partners. Beneficiaries included Foodbank, Anglicare, the 2016 Waroona Fires Relief Fund and St Bartholomew’s.

Nepal Earthquake Relief through Tilganga, Nepal

After the devastating 2015 earthquake of 7.9 magnitude which claimed more than 8,000 lives and left thousands homeless in Nepal, WEN Giving supported Phase One of the immediate recovery by funding support items for approximately 1,000 families across four different districts. Packs of rice, salt, lentils, instant noodles, beaten rice, antibacterial soaps, tarpaulins and other supplies were distributed. Phase Two support included providing around 400 temporary shelters for the earthquake...

After the devastating 2015 earthquake of 7.9 magnitude which claimed more than 8,000 lives and left thousands homeless in Nepal, WEN Giving supported Phase One of the immediate recovery by funding support items for approximately 1,000 families across four different districts. Packs of rice, salt, lentils, instant noodles, beaten rice, antibacterial soaps, tarpaulins and other supplies were distributed. Phase Two support included providing around 400 temporary shelters for the earthquake victims to help them withstand the monsoon season in the most affected district, Sindhupalchowk.

WEN Giving is also supporting the reconstruction of 75 houses in the Pilacchen area. These will provide local and tourist accommodation; and, most importantly, workshop space for artisans to ensure the preservation of traditional handcrafts, an important source of tourism income. 

Sera Jey Monastery, Mysore, India

WEN Giving was first introduced to this Monastery by Lama Geshe in 2006. After a site visit in 2007, we funded a medical clinic and an ablution block for the monks.

WEN Giving was first introduced to this Monastery by Lama Geshe in 2006. After a site visit in 2007, we funded a medical clinic and an ablution block for the monks.

Pulahari Monastery & Jamgon Kongtrul IIIrd Inter-generational Home project, India

In 1995, under the Pullahari Monastery in Kalimpong in the Darjeeling district of West Bengal, India, a unique intergenerational home was established. Here, elderly people are looked after alongside orphaned children. The home provides a lively environment for the elderly created by the orphans and, in turn, the elderly offer care and guidance to the children. The complement works well, and the homeless children also enjoy free education. Today, around 40 elderly and 50 children live...

In 1995, under the Pullahari Monastery in Kalimpong in the Darjeeling district of West Bengal, India, a unique intergenerational home was established. Here, elderly people are looked after alongside orphaned children. The home provides a lively environment for the elderly created by the orphans and, in turn, the elderly offer care and guidance to the children. The complement works well, and the homeless children also enjoy free education. Today, around 40 elderly and 50 children live under the same roof replicating a family home environment.

In 2014, WEN Giving donated to support the residents of this intergenerational home.

Ban Phaeo Hospital Flood Relief, Thailand

In 2012, a large part of Thailand including the capital Bangkok, was devastated by heavy rains and widespread flooding. WEN Giving provided funding to Ban Phaeo Hospital, Thailand, which was one of the receiving centres for many of the flood’s victims. The funds were used to buy water filters, much-needed medicines and other medical facilities.

In 2012, a large part of Thailand including the capital Bangkok, was devastated by heavy rains and widespread flooding. WEN Giving provided funding to Ban Phaeo Hospital, Thailand, which was one of the receiving centres for many of the flood’s victims. The funds were used to buy water filters, much-needed medicines and other medical facilities.