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Tibetan Children’s Village

Dharmsala, India is the home of the Tibetan Children’s Village, a refuge for some 2000 Tibetan children. Most of the children who live there came across the Himalayas from Tibet, sent by their parents to live at the village in the hope that they will have a better life in freedom across the border. There are children of all ages at the village and they spend their days learning, playing, and growing under the watchful eyes of the village’s wonderful staff and house mothers. My favorite part of the village was "the under three room." I could have spent hours sitting on the floor with the children playing with the things we had brought: bubbles, candy, balls, and toys.

I feel so blessed to have been able to visit this extraordinary place. The visit inspired me to sponsor two children, Choekyi and Tenzin, with proceeds from Tessera. In addition to financial support, I send regular care packages of clothes, toys, treats and supplies. The children often send me the best present of all, handmade drawings as their way of saying thank you.