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jetsun-pema-inauguration-matreya-foundation-november-2014Dharamshala:- A home for Tibetan children in New Delhi is inaugurated by the younger sister of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Jetsun Pema on November 16.

The building complex in Dwarka, New Delhi is named Maitreya Children's Home and is ran under the auspice of a charitable organisation founded by Dakpa Rinpoche in 1997.

According the media reports, Jetsun Pema, the former president of Tibetan Children’s Village (TCV), who attended the inaugural ceremony, suggested that the newly built complex could serve better as accommodation for college going Tibetan students in Delhi and the children currently under the care of the children’s home could study in various TCV schools in India.

In the speech made during the inaugural ceremony, Dakpa Rinpoche said: “In 1997 after passing my degree in Buddhist Philosophy from Drepung Loseling Monastery South India, I wanted to put into practice the teachings of the Lord Buddha by trying to help all sentient beings.

“On visiting various Tibetan settlements in South India, I was touched deeply by the situation of some of the children affected by physical and financial disabilities. Meeting the parents gave me the desire to help secure a better future for their children.

“Bonnie ma brought with her five children and we rented a small house in Dwarka suburb in the outskirts of Delhi. Then slowly the number of children increased from five to 15 and now there are 25 children in the Maitreya Home.”

Madam Bonnie Cappuccino (affectionately called Bonnie ma), is the director of Child Haven International of Canada, who has been sponsoring and involved in the project since its founding years.

Maitreya foundation aims to provide needy Tibetan children with good education.

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