Tong-Len’s founder, Jamyang, is a Tibetan monk living in exile in Dharamsala, India. Although originally wanting to help other Tibetan refugees he was moved by the Indian children in rags and barefoot begging in the streets and scavenging on the rubbish dumps. He discovered that the children were living in extreme poverty with their families in a slum called Charan Khad in Lower Dharamsala. When he visited the slum he could hardly believe his eyes – children sinking in mud, eating raw vegetables from the garbage, ravished by disease and fever, conditions worse than he could ever have imagined. He was determined to do something, anything, to alleviate their suffering and so Tong-Len was formed.



Jamyang’s dream was to get some of the children into school. He believes that education is the key to breaking the cycle of poverty. Starting with ten children, then 20, then 40 and now 130 children, he launched Tong-Len’s child sponsorship program. The children live in purpose-built hostels and attend local schools full-time. Such has been the success of the work that the majority of school leavers have gone on to tertiary education.

Tong-Len has also provided medical care to the slum communities in the Kangra valley, mainaining life and reducing disease such as TB, cholera, typhoid was a major priority. Hygiene and sanitation were very poor and needed to be addressed through the provision of clean water and toilet facilities. Sadly these facilities were destroyed when the communities were forcefully evicted from the Charan Khad slum in June 2016.



Tong-Len comes from the Tibetan words meaning “give” and “take,” the idea of being that through compassion, one shares the suffering and pain of others while simultaneously showing our love and kindness

Jamyang focus is “Compassion in Action”