OPEN FOR SPONSORSHIP
In support of the Do-Ngak Nyida Dzungdrel Sherab Raltri Ling Monastery
Little Monk Sponsorship
A monk’s life
is dedicated to serving in Dharma.
In addition, monks are also a major source and labour
behind the preservation of prayers, practices, rituals and holy
transmissions of precious teachers such as the Lord Buddha and Guru Padmasambhava.
Helping to sponsor little monks today will ensure that they can
teach the dharma long into the future.
Free Clinic Project
project will bring benefit to many poor people who have no access to
basic medical and health care.
Construction works on the clinic site is scheduled to be completed
in 2007 and continuing assistance is required for Phase 2 of this project
focusing on the equipping, staffing and operations of the clinic.
Dental Charity Trip 2006 [Read more]
Dental Charity Trip 2007 [Read more]
Dental and Medical Camp
2009 [Read more]
Dental and Medical Camp
2011 [Read more]
Building Fund for the Vajravarahi
seeks to provide school facilities for the little monks who will be
educated with Government-recognized syllabus as well as the monastic
training required for monks. In the
event the children opt not to become monks in the future, they will have
some means to survive within the working community outside of the
If you wish
to support any of the above projects, please click here
to download sponsorship form. Or you
with Lee Voon How at +60123022780
or email LeeVH@ocbc.com today for a listing of
the latest Pemakara projects which require your
note that anyone who are interested to join Pemakara
as Member/Sponsor should send in the form or email before bank in the local
account of MAYBANK.
Charity Trip Nepal 2006
Dr. Sapphire Gan Tsering
23rd March 2006, a team of volunteers consisting of 7 dental
surgeons and 1 engineer departed from Singapore
for a 10-day dental charity trip. In Kathmandu,
the team was joined by 1 Nepalese dental surgeon, 1 Croatian medical
doctor, 1 American medical nurse as well as many local volunteers. The
planning and coordination for this charity trip only started in
mid-December 2005 and the smooth-running of this trip was amazing for such
a short planning period. Under the invitation of Ka-Nying
Shedrup Ling Monastery and Rangjung
Yeshe Shenpen, Dental
Charity Trip Nepal 2006 aims to provide free basic dental treatment to the
rural villagers who have limited (if any) access to dental treatment; let
alone have the financial means to afford it.
dental camp was held at 3 villages: Shivapuri, Pharping and Vajra Varahi. The team spent 2 days at each of the villages
with a rest day in between each village. The aim of the dental team is to
provide basic dental treatment acute conditions. Thus, most of the
treatment rendered was extractions and simple fillings. A number of minor
oral surgeries were also performed.
At the more rural village
most of the condition seen was generalized severe attrition with associated
pain and sensitivity. In Pharping and Vajra Varahi, grossly carious
lesions were seen in most cases. The patients were from all walks of life;
from 3 year olds to those more than 80 years old and from monks to farmers
to orphans. A total of 946 patients were seen in 6 working days. This
dental camp was also featured in a number of local newspapers.
from work, the team also managed to explore the local lifestyle during the
rest days. Among many things, the team did yoga under the morning sun,
sampled delectable local cuisine, watched sunrise over the Himalayas
and, of course, shopped and shopped and shopped! The team also managed to
visit a typical Newari household thanks to the
invitation of the local dental surgeon, Dr Kranti
Prajnapati. The warmth and hospitality of the
locals touched us all.
wish to thank His Holiness Phakchok Rinpoche and his family for being given the honour of conducting the dental camp. We also wish to
thank Rangjung Yeshe Shenpen and especially Mr. Samten
O’Sullivan, the coordinator from Nepal,
for the countless hours spent in ensuring the dental camp ran smoothly from
the preparation stage up until the end of the trip. Many thanks to the
enthusiastic and ever-energetic local volunteers which includes the group
of monks and nuns from Ka-Nying Shedrup Ling Monastery, Nagi Gomba, Asura
and Palnyingda Zundrel Mindrol Norbuling Monastery.
thanks to: Dr Myra Elliot for generously lending us the dental equipment
needed, Dr Kaan Sheung
Kin for being such a staunch supporter of this trip and Singapore Dental
Association for all the help and support in handling the donations. Not
forgetting all the generous donors and well wishers who range from large
associations to young teenagers. The team truly appreciates each and every
contribution without which this trip would not have materialized.
Charity Trip Nepal 2007
Dr. Sapphire Gan Tsering
The tinge of excitement in the air was unmistakable
as the plane touched down in Kathmandu
airport on 22nd March 2007. Under the invitation of Ka-Nying Shedrup Ling Monastery
and Ranjung Yeshe Shenpen, the Singapore
team of 9 dental surgeons, 1 dental surgery assistant and 1 general
volunteer arrived in Nepal
for an 11-day dental charity trip. In Nepal,
the group was joined by 2 Nepali dental surgeons, 1 Croatian medical
doctor, 1 American nurse and many general volunteers from near and far. The
aim of the trip was to provide free basic dental treatment to the
underprivileged people of Nepal.
dental camp was held for 2 days in each village: Boudha,
Chapagaon and Bungamati.
Simple treatment such as scaling, fillings and
extractions were done. A number of minor surgical operations were also
performed. Aside from treatment per se, oral hygiene instructions were
given as well. The most common oral lesions seen were gross caries, heavy
tobacco stains and severe attrition. Patients from all walks of life
stepped into the makeshift clinic; from farmers to beggars, from 3
year-olds to 92 year-olds. Approximately 1500 patients were seen over 6
working days, exceeding the estimated number of 1200 patients by far. The
dental camp was also visited by the local journalists.
During the rest days, the team broke into groups to
pursue their his/her own interests. Some chose to
visit the holy land of Lumbhini, others trekked
through the natural beauty of Shivapuri Nature
Reserve. Most managed to explore the ancient cities of Patan
and Bhaktapur. Of course, coming from Singapore,
the whole team managed to shop and shop and shop!
The team wishes to thank His Holiness Phakchok Rinpoche, chairman
of Ranjung Yeshe Shenpen, for being given the honour
and privilege of conducting the dental camp for second year running. We
would also like to thank the main coordinators from Nepal Saymola Dechen Paldron, Mr Sampanna Bajracharya and Mr Samten O’Sullivan for
their invaluable help and effort in ensuring the entire camp runs smoothly
from start until the end. Many thanks to the enthusiastic and
ever-energetic local volunteers which includes the group of monks and nuns
from Ka-Nying Shedrup
Ling Monastery and Nagi Gomba.
We were also very touched by the enthusiasm of the local laypeople who
spontaneously volunteered to help out at the dental camp. The friendships
forged would definitely be treasured.
Special thanks to Singapore Dental Association for
all the help in handling the donations. Not forgetting all the generous
donors and well wishers who range from large associations to young
teenagers. The team truly appreciates each and every contribution without
which this trip would not have been possible.
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Dental and Medical Camp Lumbhini
For two weeks four
blue banners hung at the crossroads in the centre of Lumbhini,
birthplace of the Buddha, in Southern Nepal close to the Indian border.
Their hand-painted lettering read; ' Rangjung Yeshe Shenpen, Free Dental
and Medical Camp, 21st - 24th September, at the Korean Temple, Lumbhini '.
all hosts we wondered at first if anyone would come to the event we had
spent weeks planning and days setting up. We needn't have worried! As the
gates opened on 21st September it became clear that the dental and medical
services being offered were meeting a real need for people from villages
all over the district.
dentists from Singapore and Malaysia and two from Nepal got down to
business at 7.30 am on one side of the huge verandah, in front of rooms
holding suitcases of supplies and trailing wires to their drills. The three
medical doctors and one nurse on the team from Singapore and Malaysia set
up consulting tables and a pharmacy under the eaves on the verandah
five volunteers from Kathmandu and Lumbhini held
heads, hands and instruments, sterilised equipment, ferried patients back
and forth, registered details, calmed nerves, and held back the crowds.
Interpreters relayed information from local dialects into Nepali then into
English and back, over and over again. That first day a comfortable 250
people arrived on foot for dental treatment and 350 to see the doctors.
Day two began with arrivals at six am. Men, women and children waited in
the hot humid compound among the puddles from the downpour of the day
before. Slowly the orderly lines were swelled with new arrivals hoping for
a place in the shade of the registration hut or a seat on a bench on the
wide verandahs, ever closer to the treatment areas. As more and more people
arrived so did the local police to help with the good natured but firm
Locals being served water while waiting to
be registered for treatment
dispensed water and biscuits tirelessly through out the day. I watched one small
boy, who had been waiting six hours to see a doctor for a foot wound,
carefully pocket his biscuits (despite the longing look he gave as he put
them away) to share with his younger brother waiting by the gate. We
finished before sunset with everyone who had queued being seen in the end
and all those who had been helping exhausted but exhilarated. By lunchtime
on day four the dentists had seen nearly a thousand hundred people for
fillings and extractions and handed out hundreds of toothbrushes with advice
on their use – and balloons! Many of our patients had not seen a dentist
before - which may have accounted for the need to constantly move on
bystanders from the entertainment of watching an extraction.
medical doctors saw an amazing two and a half thousand patients from babies
of a month old to nonagenarians. There was a great deal of joint and back
pain, digestive problems, skin complaints and infections. Four serious
complaints were referred to the hospital in Bhaihawara.
Although the heat was intense, good humour remained intact – the result we
suspect of the excellent food prepared three times a day by our monk-cooks
and supplemented with ample and wonderful milk tea and biscuits!
Our very grateful thanks go all those people who made the camp a success,
every one of them a vital part of the team. All our medicines were donated
by the Nepali Society (NRN Singapore). The Lumbhini
Development Trust and the local Lumbhini District
police found us places to live and work. The Korean Temple hosted us with
patience, allowing us to colonise vast areas for the event.
Doctors, dentists and nurses took a week from their practices or gave up
precious annual leave to join the camp. Overseas volunteers paid for their
airfares and accommodation, as well as raising contributions from generous
donors in Singapore and Malaysia to support their work here. Monks, nuns
and lay volunteers gave their time and effort with generosity.
All in all everyone worked harmoniously together to make a reality of our
motto 'compassion into action'.
A patient receiving
A Muslim lady and her child receiving medical consultation
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and Medical Camp Depur
Sixth Annual Dental & Medical Camp
On November 20th 2011, a team of twenty
doctors and dentists from Singapore, Malaysia as well as three doctors from
Nepal, loaded into six jeeps for the final 45 minute journey high up into
the hills above Pokhara. They were returning to Depur village, the site of an earlier dental camp held
in 2008. The steep winding unpaved roads gave way to spectacular views of Machupucchre and the Anapururna
mountain ranges, with fold upon fold of valleys falling away down to the
river far, far below.
The steep but beautiful terrain accounts for
the prevalence of knee pain among the 1,050 patients that were seen by the medical team, all
within three days time. Gastric problems, skin and eye infections, and back
pain were all common. A large hernia was identified in one patient and
along with two others we arranged for them to attend hospitals in Kathmandu
which offer free surgery.
Interestingly, the blood pressure and
diabetes screening revealed little incidence in this active yet simple community. Patients were reassured to
hear that they didn’t suffer from the same ailments as their city dwelling
pharmacy was staffed by two of our volunteer Nepali nurses and supported by
a team of twenty people. They were kept busy all day long distributing free
medicines, vitamins, and anti-worm medicine. At the same time, the dentists built up a
fine collection of fillings and pulled teeth from the 400 plus patients
that passed through their hands. The lines were long but all were good
When all was said and done the team came back
to Kathmandu, met with both Chokling Rinpoche and Phakchok Rinpoche, and had a well-deserved dinner. They
discussed their experiences of treating patients here in Nepal and also
asked inquisitive questions about Buddhist views. All felt inspired to
continue working together in future years with the
intention to bring people the security that their health and wellbeing is
cared for by people with the means to help.
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