Tara’s Kids in China

tibetan children

Inspired by a statue of Tara, the Goddess of Compassion, Dr. John Rutledge started Tara’s Kids to help school age children who do not have the books or writing materials necessary to learn to read and write. Tara’s Kids works with friends in the U.S. and in China to identify elementary-age children, schools and orphanages in rural areas of China and Tibet where they can establish libraries full of books, writing materials and give small scholarships to pay for school fees. Many children are unable to attend school because their families do not have the resources to send them.

The first library was established in an orphanage for handicapped children in Tibet. A group of student volunteers from the Agricultural University in Beijing selected and packed the books and then carried them personally on the 47 hours train ride to Tibet so that they would not have to spend any of the money on shipping. The students stayed with the children in the orphanage for a month, organizing the books, setting up the library and spending time teaching the children.

After spending a month with the students, the children and the students were very sad to say goodbye.

tibetan childrentibetan childrenA donation of $5,000 created the library for these children with 3,000 books and provided several $50 scholarships for children to cover school fees for an entire year.

For more information about Tara’s Kids: [email protected]. Come join us.

“We just want the children to know that someone loves them.”

tibetan children

tibetan children

tibetan children