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May 15
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More Visitors for the Gesar Centre

An update of progress on Gesar Fund projects and community building near Yushu

by Gesar Fund staff members

As in 2015-2016 the past winter of 2016-2017 was extremely severe on the altiplano of Yushu. Especially for the elderly, it was possible to leave the house only in the last week of April. And they did, most eagerly! All dropped by the Gesar Community Centre, to meet each other, to make appointments, to gather for the annual herb collecting trip high in the mountains, and amongst all this, also visiting the new Gesar shrine room.

The latest photos on our photostream page give a good impression of the vivacity that erupted once the temperatures allowed it. Elderly sit on benches before the windows, and the rooms fill up with the collected herbs from the higher altitudes in the mountains, all ready for trading. When the doctor comes, free treatment and advice is available.

On the left is a photo of students who – as in previous years – were tested for TB. In reciprocation for receiving the testing, they help out the elderly for a period for two weeks after school hours. Also they are asked to participate in sickness prevention education and also to pass on this knowledge to their parents or caretakers.

Exactly one week ago, the new Gesar shrine room (completed in October 2016) was consecrated by three lamas from the Pacha monastery.

Our local volunteers told us the shrine room is the most popular reason for the elderly to come to the centre. This year, the number of of people dropping by has increased substantially in comparison with the spring and summer of 2016. This makes it possible for us to monitor even better for health, poverty, and related issues, intervening more quickly and producing better results for community members.

To make a contribution in support of these efforts, please visit the Gesar Fund website: http://gesarfund.nl

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