Posts Tagged "Jhamtse Gatsal"

Om Tar’e Tu Tar’e Monpa Dance

This is one of my favorites. :) It's a traditional Monpa dance called [something like] Om Tar'e Tu Tar'e, and performed by the students of classes 8 and 9 at Jhamtse Gatsal Children's Community. Side note: Monpa is not a written language, so the spelling of this dance is the Tibetan dance teacher's and Spence's combined best guess at a phonetic spelling.

Lekshey Norchung Tibetan Dance

We wanted to share some of the beautiful traditional dances that the kids do for special occasions. With so little bandwidth available for uploading stuff though, we've knocked the quality of these down quite small to save space..... :( And actually, that is going to be the case with any videos going forward while we are here. We promise to go back and replace them with their higher-quality versions as soon as we are back to somewhere with better internet, though. Enjoy. This is a Tibetan dance called Lekshey Norchung, and this is the kids of classes 7, 8 and…
Krazy Growing Kale

Krazy Growing Kale

The Jhamtse GatsalĀ Ama lasĀ (the four Housemothers, tasked with taking care of groups of 20+ children each, and many other keep-the-community-running kind of stuff) are garden miracle workers! They are all young and still learning, but they work hard, aren't afraid to try stuff, and boy are their thumbs green! While my little garden has been struggling along, theirs has been bursting with healthy, organic produce. I brought a bag full of my leftover seeds, and a few new ones I picked up before we came, and they were quite happy to use them all. There were many seeds & veggies…
June Crazies

June Crazies

Well that wasn't very nice of us, to leave our blog hanging, with the last post being about trouble afoot. Don't worry, worriers, we just weren't posting because we got wrapped up in being busy and trying to get projects done. :) But, now that something official has been posted on the Jhamtse Gatsal blog about the crazy month of June, I can tell you a bit more if I want to. ... And I probably do, but I haven't really figured out what yet, and it's time to stop putting off updating our blog. So, for now, here is…
Class Fieldtrip

Class Fieldtrip

We tagged along with the Class 5 and 6 fieldtrip to Tawang a couple weekends ago. (A couple of the kids talked about it here, on the JG blog.) Besides everyone getting brain damage and puking all over the place from riding in the closed-in back of a fumey truck for 2 hours each way (except me & Kai -- we claimed 1/2 a seat in the cab)...it was a lovely trip, and fun to go somewhere with the kids. We visited the old Tawang monastery, Urgelling Gonpa -- the birthplace of the 6th Dalai Lama, and Manjushree -- a…
Mmm Quinoa

Mmm Quinoa

I have been helping with an Experiential Education project here at Gatsal, experimenting with growing Quinoa (a nutritious grain). Quinoa originates in the Andes mountains of Peru, Bolivia, and Ecuador, a region possibly similar to the Himalayan mountains. Our friend Amma -- here teaching science from Jamaica -- is in charge, and I do what I can to help her and help teach the Class 8 & 9 kids who are working on the project. We've been doing lots of research, writing, and hands-on time in the garden, which is definitely the fun part. You can read more about the…

Motorcycle

This is how he learned Sangpo's name. 'Cuz "Sangpo has a motorcycle!" I also now occasionally get "Mom, can I have a motorcycle?" :) Of course, Kai. Give it a decade or so, though. Ok?
Community Construction

Community Construction

We had the chance to help the community "pour" concrete. It took most of the day with about 50 people involved. In preparation the whole week before, the community masons had engineered an amazing network of concrete forms that would become a new porch roof for the school's new Admin Building. The whole thing consisted of 3-5 inch in diameter logs holding up the forms (made of planks), wood beams, sand, and a plastic membrane. The forms where then filled with an intricate lattice of metal rebar tightly tied together to create the skeleton. By my estimation it took 120…
Tibetan Prayers

Tibetan Prayers

Here's some beautiful audio of the kids chanting in a recent prayer session. Head over to the Gatsal News Blog if you want to read more about it.

Making Friends

Just some low-key playing with rocks and a new friend. I think little Tharpa is 8+ months older than Kai. Holy smokes we have a giant!
Made It!

Made It!

And the World's Best Momos were waiting. Ah, Heaven. By the way, you can also follow us while we are here at Jhamtse Gatsal, on the Gatsal News Blog: www.jhamtse.net/blog You'll get a more general idea of what's going on around us at the community (cuz we all know that this blog is going to turn into the Kai Show, lol).