In September 2005, a small group from UK travelled to the ‘Land of the Dawn-Lit Mountains’ – the state of Arunachal Pradesh in the Himalayas of North-East India. Once part of Tibet, this region is closer to Lhasa than it is to any big town in India. The travellers witnessed first-hand the poverty and deprivation and the struggle for survival of the people, principally of the Monpa tribe, who are more Tibetan than Indian in their culture and traditions.
By chance the travellers stumbled upon the Manjushree Vidyapith School and Orphanage. Deeply moved by what they found there, they decided they should do what they could to help, and pledged their support to Lama Thupten Phuntsok, the founder and principal.
In February 2006, the charity ‘Friends of Manjushree Vidyapith School and Orphanage’ was founded and registered with the Charity Commission of UK.
Two of the original group of travellers continue to run the charity.
The Trustees are:
Dr David Brown (Chairman)
Di Gallagher (Secretary and Treasurer)
Mother and Grandmother, formerly administration and communications officer in the Women’s Royal Naval Service.
Teacher of Modern Foreign Languages.
Regular annual visits to Manjushree have made by one or more of the Trustees every year since 2006
In January 2015 Di Gallagher travelled with her husband to South India to meet with Lama Thupten Phuntsok and to visit the 15 students in Universities in Delhi, Bangalore and Mangalore. All Manjushree students are being sponsored through college by FMVSO.
All visits to India made by Trustees are entirely self-funded