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Written by Pia/Peter Cerveny
Published: 26 March 2006

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"How it began!" Activity Report 2006

After Gyalwa Karmapa founding the KHCP-Karmapas Healthcare Project with us in Oct. 2005 we travelled again to Asia two month later to start with the first campaigns at the stupa/monastery of Swayambhu/Kathmandu/Nepal.
Then we went to Kalimpong/North India for installing a generator and organizing a grand vaccination for all students/staff of the Shedra, Karmapa´s university.

First visit in Swayambhu/Kathmandu/Nepal

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Shree Karmaraja Maha Vihar, the buddhist school at Swayambunath
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Our photos of Kalimpong brings alot of joy.

 

  • Shoe-shopping and transport with our bikeShoe-shopping and transport with our bikekhcp Shoe-shopping and transport with our bike
  • All the little monks get warm socks and underwearAll the little monks get warm socks and underwear ...khcp All the little monks get warm socks and underwear

 

  • also all the adults...also all the adults.khcp also all the adults
  • Ear inflamations are not rareEar inflamations are not rare.khcp Ear inflamations are not rare

 

  • khcpControlled hand over of the medical drugs to the local doctor. We talk about our concept for the future. Once the year a doctor will go from Kathmandu to Ladakh and will examine and provide for all the monks there. We initialise two cash-accounts with a logbook. With it the water supply and the medical drugs should be secured for the year.khcp
  • khcp A cream against rheumatism - a helpful gift for the old generationA cream against rheumatism - a helpful gift for the old generation.khcp A cream against rheumatism - a helpful gift for the old generation

 

  • Sturdy shoes - a useful prevention for the winter


    Sturdy shoes - a useful prevention for the winter.
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  • The new shoes really flyThe new shoes really fly ...khcp The new shoes really fly
  • KHCP the evening before going to Kalimpong...the evening before going to Kalimpongkhcp the evening before going to Kalimpong

 

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Travel to Kalimpong ...
Some monks takes Peter to Kalimpong.
The 600km-trip with the old nightbus takes 30 hours. On the way we pass Shiliguri where Karma Sherab and Peter find out a good shop for the big 220V-generator we want to set up in Kalimpong.

 


First action at Karmapa´s university in Kalimpong/North-India

  • KHCP rainfalls-electricity fails-We buy a big 7.5kW-generatorDuring heavy rainfalls the electricity fails very often. We buy a big 7.5kW-generator - it arrives in time for the start of the big pujas.KHCP rainfalls-electricity fails-We buy a big 7.5kW-generator
  • KHCP all monks are helping to carry the 350kg-device on its placeThe big Mahakala-Puja starts and all monks are helping to carry the 350kg-device on its place.KHCP all monks are helping to carry the 350kg-device on its place

 

  • KHCP Mahakala-GeneratorPeter set up the generator. In the first puja night there is again a power failure and the first kick on - from that moment on the monks call it "Mahakala-Generator".KHCP Mahakala-Generator
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Karmapa gives orders to build a small house for the generator - meanwhile the generator is set up inside and supplies both buildings of the university.

 

  • KHCP organize a grand vaccination programme for all monksWe organize a grand vaccination programme for all monks - first we inform and give lessons in health prevention, than we order really fresh vaccines and finally, we find a good doctor and fix a serious proceder with time schedules for everyone who like to receive it.KHCP organize a grand vaccination programme for all monks
  • KHCP organize a grand vaccination programme for all monksPia leads by example ...KHCP organize a grand vaccination programme for all monks

 

  • KHCP organize a grand vaccination programme for all monksThen Peter - after him another 70 monks get treated.KHCP organize a grand vaccination programme for all monks
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Dr. Sharma does serious screenings and gives short instructions for a healthier life.

 

  • KHCP This well-prepared action is finished successfully in 6 hoursThis well-prepared action is finished successfully in 6 hours.KHCP This well-prepared action is finished successfully in 6 hours
  • KHCP Next on the agenda is to find an experienced dentistNext on the agenda is to find an experienced dentist. From now on he will do all the health care and service about 200 monks and nuns. We negotiate good prices.KHCP Next on the agenda is to find an experienced dentist

 

  • KHCP Next on the agenda is to find an experienced dentistOur "hero" Karma Sherab during his first session. The dental station is clean and quite well-equipped.KHCP Next on the agenda is to find an experienced dentist
  • KHCP Finally the dentists assistent explains about dental careFinally the dentist´s assistent explains about dental care.KHCP Finally the dentist assistent explains about dental care

 

  • KHCP Ani Minur Leader of the nunnery comes to this dental check-up all the way from RumtekThe 78-year old Ani Minur (Leader of the nunnery) comes to this dental check-up all the way from Rumtek.KHCP Ani Minur Leader of the nunnery comes to this dental check-up all the way from Rumtek
  • KHCP After that we invite her for coffee and cakeAfter that we invite her for coffee and cake - that was the nicer job!KHCP After that we invite her for coffee and cake

 

  • KHCP After that we invite her for coffee and cakeNedo Rinpoche and his class - most of them are orphansKHCP After that we invite her for coffee and cake
Our visit to Sikkim:
Here , by the way of other jobs, we check the water spring of the nunnery. Every year the monsoon destroys it - Peter develops a technical concept to solve that problem for long-term. We are still looking for sponsors and a good and cheap builder.
At Nedo Rinpoche´s place we give some money for the healthcare of his little monks and to build a new schoolbuilding for the Nyolonedo Monastery in Eastern Tibet.
Also for the monks and nuns at Karmapa´s Institutes in Rumtek and Takhda as the same like in Kathmandu und Kalimpong we create a health fond with a cashbook. We advice two monks/nuns on how to handle the money and the reports. To secure the water supply for Kathmandu we charge an extra amount (till end of 2006).

For the projekt we are looking for any small donation -  detailled infos here >>

Latest news: In August 2006 a second big vaccination programme was done in Kalimpong - thanks to Deborah and Christian from Germany and also Karma Sherab and Tsero. We wish that our activities are useful and benefit all beings, Pia and Peter Cerveny (KHCP).