Jampa Tsundhup: Founder, 1990 - 2016
Jampa Tsundhup, Founder
Jampa Tsundhup was a very faithful and compassionate person. He gave with selfless sincerity, to help 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 for China.” Jampa was also honored as "The Best Head Master in the Country”.
Jampa Tsundhup, 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 represented 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 Tsundhup started his factory with little money and no outside support. 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 Tsundhup 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.
In addition to supporting themselves, the seventy disabled workers support one hundred eighty Tibetan orphan children, many of whom are also disabled. Jampa Tsundhup also served as headmaster of Lhasa Jatson Chumig Welfare Special School for the orphans which he had built with proceeds from the sale of arts and crafts manufactured by the Handicraft Workshops.
The orphans live in two dormitories (girls & boys dorms). For more than 16 years, Jatson Chumig had a primary school which held classes for children from kindergarten through Class VI where the students learned both Chinese and Tibetan, 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 their predicament.
In the minds of many throughout his life, Jampa Tsundup la was thought to have been ... a living Bodhisattva.
Rest In Peace Jampala
Assistant Director: 1993 - 2016
Director: 2016 - present
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.
University and English Study, (1987 to 1992).
High School Education, from Tibet in 1985.
She is proficient in three languages;
Tibetan, Mandarin and English; both spoken and written.
Worked for MSF [Doctors Without Borders]
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
Helping children is her only interest.
Tenzin's motto is: Others before self
A better person you will not find.
Our Dedicated Staff:
The Teachers, House Mothers, Bookkeepers and Accounts, Cooks and Staff all make Jatson Chumig possible for the children. The Handicraft Workers at the four workshops; Paper, Incense, Clothing and Shoes make products which are sold and these profits help sustain the orphanage.
Even our lone security guard (who was an orphaned child at Jatson Chumig back in the early 1990s), keeps watch over everyone to make sure all are safe.
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.
All Jatson Handicraft products are handmade at our handicraft workshops in Lhasa and are available for purchase at our Gift-shop.
Note: All Jatson Chumig employees (workers) are at least 18 years old.