Master Jampa Tsundup: (Founder, 1990-2016)



Jampa Tsundup, Founder

Master Jampa Tsundup was a very faithful and compassionate person. He gave with selfless sincerity, to help to the children, and to develop the school, seeking no personal recognition or reward. A loving and dedicated father to each child, he never took his eyes away from them, not for a second. Jampa la passed away on October 27, 2016. His love and respect by the children is evident in their beaming smiles.

The Advisory Committee of China recognized Jampa for his good faith demonstration and cooperation. Teng Shang Mei, organizer of “Science Educational Distribution” named him a “Great Developer and Establisher for China.” Jampa was also recently honored as “The Best Head Master in the Country”.

Jampa Tsundup, was the founder and served as the Director from 1990-2016. He was also the factory director of Jatson Chumig Handicraft Industries and gave all of the employees at Jatson Chumig direction in life, opportunity, hope. When two disabled workers got married, he represents their families as paternal father to both. In many cases the disabled workers do not have any other family members to attend their weddings.

Jampa Tsundup started his factory with little money, no outside support, no funding from the government. In the beginning they had to cook on open fires in the cold of night, as there was no kitchen. These were the toughest times. Gradually, the factory was able to receive projects from people like An Sang who were influential in pushing the Tibetan regional dance troupes to assign the making of costumes to the Handicapped Center. For years they squeezed by making barely enough to keep everybody fed while building their orphanage and school.
 
Jampa Tsundup was once a Buddhist monk, and in the monastic isolation he could only help himself, but could not reach out and help others. He discarded his robes to bring his belief into reality by helping those who needed help the most.

Others before self

In addition to supporting themselves, the seventy disabled workers support one hundred eighty Tibetan orphan children, many of whom are also disabled. Jampa Tsundup also served as headmaster of Lhasa Jatson Chumig Welfare Special School for the orphans which he had built on the small factory compound with proceeds from the sale of arts and crafts manufactured by the handicapped.

The orphans live in the school and attend classes in Chinese and Tibetan languages and English was taught as a third language. They also perform songs which they wrote. Jampa Tsundhup called together some of the children. They sang:

“Watch a grand eagle, soaring in the sky, where he is flying; Coming to this school we value life, wild flowers are blooming…We are grateful for this opportunity in life, it is too sad not to know your own culture…To realize beautiful dreams, please do not pass the good years in vain.”

Their song captured stillness in the late Tibetan afternoon when sunlight is strongest and shadows become deep, protruding abstractions of one’s imagination. The sorrow of their condition was drowned in the joy of their singing. They were overcoming predicament.

In the minds of many throughout his life, Jampa Tsundup la was thought to have been...a living Bodhisattva.

R.I.P. Jampala



Our Dedicated Staff:

The Teachers, The House Mothers, and Gompa ~ our Account. The Handicraft Workers at the four workshops; Paper, Incense, Clothing and Shoes. Special thanks to Kulsang, Jampa's assistant.
 
The cooks in the kitchen and health care workers who come to do check-ups for the kids. Even our lone security force (who was an orphaned [disabled] child at Jatson Chumig back in the early 1990s), keeps watch over Jatson Chumig to make sure all are safe.



Our Handicraft Workshop Employees:

Jatson Chumig now employees many workers who are physically handicapped, to work in our four handicraft workshops. Although too many to mention by name; these individuals are so very important because they help produce the much needed income to operate the school and orphanage.
 
Our newest product, Jatson Chumig Slippers, are made here in Lhasa.
 
 
 






Tenzin Choedon (Director: 1993 - present)

 

  Tenzin 

Tenzin Choedon, Director 

Born and grown-up in Tibet, Tenzin Choedon has achieved a confidential knowledge and education by her own efforts and eagerness of doing something for the Tibetan eldery, and for the disabled and orphaned children of Tibet. Tenzin is the point-person for all of Jatson Chumig. Closely working alongside her father, Jampa la, Tenzin handles the children and school first and then assists her dad in all other Jatson Chumig related duties. Tenzin has devoted her life for disabled and orphaned children as well as for the poor and sick. Because of her self-motivation and commitments for helping rural communities' welfare, she is an advocate for children throughout Tibet. Her dedication and her challenging view of "hard work is key to success", is the result of her good management and assisting her father in the running of Jatson Chumig School & Orphanage. Tenzin is a frank person, who is also sincere and trustworthy.

EDUCATION:

University and English Study, (1987 to 1992).
High School Education, from Tibet in 1985.
She is proficient in three languages;
Tibetan, English and Mandarin; both spoken and written.

EXPERIENCE:

Worked for MSF [Doctors Without Borders] for two years
Worked for French group doctors for a year
Worked as Assistant Director for Jatson Chumig before her father's death Oct., 2016

Currently serving as Director of Jatson Chumig Orphanage

INTERESTS:

Helping children is her only interest.
Tenzin's motto is:  Others before self

A better person you will not find.




 Come to the Roof of the World and visit Lhasa

Jatson Chumig Handicraft Workshops produce wonderful items
which you can buy. This helps support the program and
you can buy items made on-site or online.

Your tour company and/or guide can contact
Tenzin Choedon at Jatson Chumig in Lhasa.