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Dec 03
Sunday

Nunnery Bread, Nomadic Families

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An update on recent activities by local volunteers for the Gesar Fund

from An van Bolhuis, Eric Elbers, Nyima Kunga, Martin Regtien, and Han de Wit

The hamlet of Gaduo is 75 km from Dönda, shown on the map below.   A nunnery is located in Gaduo, but it doesn’t look at all as we might imagine a traditional nunnery as being. They have no buildings for housing or practice areas, and instead use only tents. They do have one shed, which has been equipped as a kitchen.

The local Gesar Fund volunteers bought a steam bread machine for the nuns to add to their kitchen equipment. This allows them to prepare better bread for their own community, but also for the nomads who live there. In addition, the nuns are now able to sell their extra bread to the day laborers who work in the neighborhood. Continue…

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