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Poverty relief and education for Tibetans

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100% of all donations received will go to fund health care, education and poverty relief projects.  

All necessary expenses are met privately by volunteers.

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A devastating EARTHQUAKE of 6.9 in Sikkim and parts of northern India on 18th September 2011 has been followed by 50 further after-shocks of up to 3.9 and has caused terrible destruction to buildings, loss of life and injuries, and closed roads challenge rescue efforts.  The death toll may be as many as 130 people but many hundreds more are injured.


Read about the Sikkim Earthquake appeal in FRENCH language (PDF document)


We, at Rigul Trust, have offered Rinpoche help with setting up an appeal for the earthquake in Sikkim.
Ringu Tulku Rinpoche wishes this to be called the
Sikkim Earthquake Relief Work Appeal.

To donate to the Sikkim Earthquake Relief Work Appeal by Paypal allows you to use your Paypal account or your credit/debit card and from your own currency.

The remoteness of much of this underdeveloped mountainous region and road closures from land slips has made it a very difficult task to get any help to the region and 9 villages were still completely cut off. 2 weeks after the earthquake happened. With rescue teams facing difficulties to reach some far-flung quake-hit areas in Sikkim, hundreds of survivors trekked out of their cut-off villages, crawling sometimes to negotiate dangerous stretches where landslides and heavy rain have loosened huge boulders which have come down the mountainsides. Entire areas were cut off because of landslides - and more often than not people are still without clean water, adequate food supplies, medicine and telephone contact with the outside world in some areas. Sikkim's hospitals have seldom been so full.

Sikkim Earthquake Relief Work Appeal

100% of all donations sent through this secure PayPal site will go
to the Sikkim Earthquake Relief Work.  PayPal accepts all currencies.

An email from Rinpoche on 23rd September from Kathmandu :

Dear Margaret,

Maybe this is the time to help. There are lots of destruction.
Even Rumtek Shedra's new building is badly cracked.
There was one earthquake last night and one today afternoon and destroyed at least one building in Gangtok.
Lots of schools are destroyed fully. Many monasteries are also badly damaged.
We do not get any news from tv and radio any more. Rain is still pouring.
Ringu Tulku

Recent Disaster Relief by Rigul Trust:

In the last two years we have set up two emergency appeals, one for the survivors of the Yushu earthquake 2010 and one for the Ladakh flood disaster last year where we supported the relief work that Khenpo Rangdol, Principal of Kagyu College, Dehradun was in charge of.
100% of all donations went to these projects. We also helped fund emergency relief work in Yushu province of Tibet and now we have an ongoing sponsorship programme for 14 little children who were orphaned as a result of Yushu earthquake. We sent money for the buying and distribution of barley. 

And in Ladakh we sent money for emergency relief and the reforestation of trees.
Khenpo Rangdol went to Ladakh, oversaw the projects and distributed the money.

This is background information for you to know that all of what we do is overseen by Rinpoche, 100% of your donations gets to the targeted projects. We are extremely careful with whom we deal with and Rinpoche always has the last say.


If you a are a UK taxpayer and you would like your donation to be treated via Gift Aid please add your name, check the box below and submit.  This will allow us to reclaim 25 pence of every pound donated.

DONATING BY PAYPAL - online - using any currency - from any country - without bank charges to the donor. You do not need to already have a Paypal account, you can donate using your credit or debit card, it is very easy to do and just takes a few minutes.

To use the PayPal facility for the Sikkim Earthquake Relief Appeal, through Rigul Trust, click on the ‘Donate’ button link: (Enter the amount you wish to donate, click ‘Update’ and then send your donation.)