Archive for Young monks – India

2016: Wool-Aid Helps Children Around the World

In 2016, Wool-Aid is supporting children in several countries around the world, partnering with a wonderful group of recipient organizations who have staff and volunteers on the ground in each location, working to get our aid to the children who need it most.

Your lovingly crafted hats, socks, sweaters, vests, mittens, and blankets will be sent to help …

… children in Nepal who are living in temporary or substandard housing after the devastating earthquake earlier this year. Warm clothing is distributed to children of all ages by a monastery in Kathmandu.

… young monks in Nepal and India who have come to their monastery to study and train, often sent by their families as a way to keep them fed. The children range in age from four to sixteen. Appropriate colors for clothing for the young monks are red, maroon, brown, tan, and gold.

… children in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, through the Dulaan Project. Many of these children live in orphanages; others are homeless and living on the streets. Wool-Aid clothing is sent in a wide range of sizes to support these children and keep them warm.

… children within Syria who have been displaced by the conflict in their own country. Wool-Aid is focused on children 9 to 12 years old, sending warm woolen hats, mittens, and vests to keep them warm. Wool-Aid items for other age groups, including clothing and blankets for infants and toddlers, will also be sent for distribution. We are working with Syria Relief, which provides care and support to these vulnerable children in hopes of curbing mass migration to refugee camps outside their own country.

… children in Afghanistan who live in orphanages in and around Kabul, or in refugee camps there. Wool-Aid is sending warm woolen clothing and blankets to keep them warm. All of our focus items are needed in Afghanistan, especially for children 5 to 12 years old. We are working with the Lamia Afghan Foundation, which has airlifted millions of tons of relief aid to people in Afghanistan since 2010.

Wool-Aid Supports Young Monks in India

We received a special request to help a group of 19 young monks. These boys of Tibetan background are living at a branch of the Kyegu Monastery in India (about 9 hours drive north of Delhi) that was founded in 1965 by Tibetan refugees who fled Kyegu.

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These young monks struggle to have warm clothes in winter. They are very young — age 7 through 14, and small for their age. A variety of items for this age range will be appropriate to provide an inventory of warm clothing for the boys as they grow and as new boys arrive.

Because of cultural considerations, it is requested that any items sent for the young monks be in the red, maroon, and brown colorways. However, browns can range from dark brown to tan to gold.

A first shipment of Wool-Aid items in appropriate colors has been sent, and although it was received in hot summer weather, cooler temperatures are common throughout the year and the young monks will be able to wear the warm woolen clothing sent by Wool-Aid nearly year-round.

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