Our Projects

Our Projects, past and present

 

ChoraChori girls’ trauma management centre, Nepal

  • ChoraChori, which means “children” in Nepali, is a UK based charity, part of an international network, which aims to confront violence against Nepali children and to address its consequences
  • The Mandala Trust has contributed to a new centre, which will provide psychosocial care and skills training to Nepali girls who have been rescued from sex work or other abusive situations in India or Nepal
  • Our grant is being used to furnish and equip bedrooms, an office, an art therapy room and a sensory room

 

 

Mama Upendo Children’s Trust, Kenya

  • In 2007 there were 250,000–300,000 children living and working on the streets across Kenya
  • The majority of these children were not participating in any form of formal or non-formal education
  • Children are at risk of harassment, violence, drug taking and trafficking, sexual exploitation and physical abuse
  • Mama Upendo Children’s Home offers a safe and loving place for some of these children near Kitui Town, Kenya
  • With Mandala Trust support the nursery class has been furnished throughout and equipped with educational equipment and books
  • We have enabled the training of two staff members in Early Childhood Development teaching methods to support the younger children at the home

 

Operation Kindness South Sudan

  • Over 1 million South Sudanese refugees have sought safety in Uganda since an eruption of conflict in 2016. Over 85% are women and children
  • Operation Kindness South Sudan are a group of young activists who are themselves refugees from the war in South Sudan, living and working in refugee camps in Northern Uganda
  • The Mandala Trust has funded basic office start-up costs and equipment to support them in a range of activities including youth peace dialogues and refugee solidarity groups which collect and distribute food, clothing and other basic needs in support of those displaced by the conflict in the country

 

Lang’ata Women and Children Library, Kenya

  • The Mandala Trust provided funding towards a brand new library at Lang’ata Women’s Prison in Nairobi
  • The new facility will provide more than 600 women and children, as well as prison staff and their families, with access to a wealth of relevant educational materials and supported learning opportunities such as book clubs, debates and creative writing
  • The library, alongside the training of library assistants, will provide the Lang’ata prison community with a remarkable resource to support access to education
  • The library itself will play an invaluable role in seeing prisons in Kenya as places of positive transformation

 

Lighthouse Relief (refugee support) Child Friendly Space, Ritsona camp, Greece

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  • In 2016, women and children (including unaccompanied minors) accounted for roughly 57% of asylum seekers arriving in Europe, adding to the highest level of refugee children since World War II
  • Mandala Trust has funded the work of Lighthouse Relief in the Ritsona camp near Athens, Greece
  • We have supported a child-friendly space run by independent volunteers and the refugee communities themselves, providing love, play, and a variety of educational activities for the children
  • We have also supported a mother and baby centre – a warm, clean and relaxed sanctuary where advice, essential supplies and targeted food distribution are provided
  • On a practical level, an industrial-sized fridge for the children’s milk, food items and medicines has also been purchased
  • Additional funds raised by a sponsored all-night meditation vigil held at Gaia House in Devon have been used for children’s clothing, basic toiletries and other essential non-food items

Operation Kindness Mexico

  • In Tecax, Yucatan, Mexico, Operation Kindness activists have organised into a Colectiva Mujeres (women’s collective) through which local women engage in a range of community mobilisations such as community garden projects, breakfast clubs for school children and yoga and meditation groups
  • The Mandala Trust has funded the start-up costs and equipment for Operation Kindness Mexico who have renovated a small building which acts as a community centre from which to offer a range of activities, including regular yoga sessions for mothers and their children and a daily breakfast club which ensures all local children have a nutritious meal before going to school
  • The Mandala Trust has also funded a community permaculture project organised by the women of the community through which they teach their children how to cultivate organic food and also provide the community with year-round fresh organic fruit and vegetables grown by the project

 

Saclepea School Library and Electrification Project, Liberia

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  • Liberia was in civil war between 1989 and 1996, and again between 1999 and 2003. At least 250,000 people were murdered, 50,000 of them children
  • Life expectancy in Liberia is 57 years, with 51% of children under 18 orphaned, and 40% of children under the age of 5 suffering from malnutrition
  • Saclepea School in Nimba County, North East Liberia, lies on the Guinea border where there was a serious Ebola outbreak in 2014/15
  • The Mandala Trust has renovated the school library, provided core text books for the students and funded an electrification project for the school
  • Additional funds raised by our 2017 World Kindness Day appeal have enabled the school to develop sustainability by setting up a bakery and shop

Thessaloniki Refugee Solidarity Movement, Greece

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  • The Syrian civil war displaced 11 million people with 4 million refugees fleeing the country, seeking refuge in neighbouring countries and across Europe
  • A quarter of those seeking refuge in Europe are children
  • Locals in Thessaloniki, Greece started showing solidarity with the refugees by providing water, fruit, bread and toys for the children
  • The Mandala Trust provided funding to purchase large catering tents, kitchen equipment, electric heaters and catering provisions in order to support the refugees crossing the border at Eidomeni with hot food and drinks, information and support, and a warm place to rest before the harrowing journey ahead

Operation Kindness Zimbabwe

  • Zimbabwe is one of the poorest countries in the world. Nearly one out of every two inhabitants lives below the poverty line. Children are the primary victims of this situation. Their rights to healthcare, nourishment and education remain by and large unprotected. Consequently, they are often forced into menial labour in order to aid their families financially
  • Children and young people often turn to crime out of desperation, and the situation for imprisoned minors in Zimbabwe is deplorable. Children are detained in the same cells as adults. In addition to being harassed and abused by their fellow inmates, they are also subjected to violence from guards and other prison staff
  • The Mandala Trust funded Operation Kindness Zimbabwe to provide educational support for girls attending primary school in poorer rural areas, both with homework clubs and through providing basic school books and stationery
  • Also funded were a series of transformative education workshops run by Operation Kindness volunteers for adolescent male inmates in a prison outside Harare, preparing the young men and boys for reintegration into their communities and we hope a more positive future

 

Nepal Earthquake Relief

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  • On Saturday, 25 April 2015 a massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal
  • The disaster killed more than 8,800 people and destroyed nearly 600,000 homes
  • The Mandala Trust partnered with the Bhwasa Community Medical Centre to provide an emergency response
  • Food, clothing and basic medical supplies were provided to those affected in extremely remote communities

Child Rights to Liberty and Education Project, Sangamner, India

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  • Caste discrimination is rife in India, and the caste system, with its endorsement of inequality at birth, condemns millions to a life of poverty and exclusion
  • The Mandala Trust provided funding to the Karuna Trust and their partner the National Institute of Sustainable Development who are working to tackle this problem
  • A project giving 3,800 Dalit children the opportunity to access their rights to education has been rolled out, reducing their chances of entering child labour

Bhwasa Community Medical Centre, Nepal

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  • This new centre aims to provide medical care and educational programmes for an isolated community in rural Nepal
  • Villagers old and young previously had to make a 4-hour bus journey to hospital in Kathmandu
  • The centre will serve 14,000 local people
  • Funding has helped to feed and clothe children, and to supply their school uniforms, books and equipment
  • The full value of the initial grant was generously donated by Rehabilitation Network Ltd

Operation Kindness Uganda

  • Uganda has a population of 37 million, 50% of whom are children under 14 years of age. The mortality rate for children under 5 years is a staggering 69%
  • The Mandala Trust funded the start-up costs for office space and equipment for Operation Kindness Uganda who offer support and training for local young people and students from disadvantaged backgrounds, a regular youth speaker’s forum and regular outreach to the local community engaging in acts of solidarity including neighbourhood clean-ups
  • The Mandala Trust has also funded the start-up costs and initial 12-month pilot project for the Kampala Kindness Co-operative, run by Operation Kindness Uganda. This youth co-operative seeks to model a way of transforming society by promoting social and economic solidarity amongst young people working together for the common good. The pilot project, making and selling good-quality and fairly priced sandals, aims to uplift the lives of its members through co-operative business activity. The co-op will be run on principles of voluntary and open membership, democratic member control, member economic participation, autonomy and independence, education, training and information, co-operation among co-operatives and a central concern for the wider community

 

Caritas Jerusalem Gaza Health Centre, Gaza, Palestine

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  • The Mandala Trust partnered with Irish Medical Aid for Palestinians (IMAP) to support children and young people affected by the Israeli attacks on Gaza
  • The health centre has provided primary healthcare and an integrated medical programme to the local community
  • On top of medical care, the team has provided much-needed psychological help to the victims of the surrounding violence
  • Funding has also been used to provide leisure activities for children and young people

FAWEZA School Libraries Project, Zambia

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  • Gender inequality is a significant challenge in Zambia, with a lack of access to education for girls and young women diminishing life chances and perpetuating the cycle of inequality/poverty
  • The Mandala Trust partnered with FAWEZA who helped identify the most disadvantaged girls’ schools
  • 10 new libraries were stocked and put into operation, enhancing the opportunity for girls and young women to study

Dudmegn Elementary School, Woreta, Ethiopia

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  • The Mandala Trust supported the work of Link Ethiopia with this project
  • Funds went towards the construction of a new waterstation
  • Previously only 4 water taps were available to the 2,000 students, and only 2 of these were in working condition

 

Hora Arsedy Elementary School, Bishoftu, Ethiopia

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  • The Mandala Trust supported the work of Link Ethiopia with this project
  • Funds went towards the construction of a new toilet block
  • Previously the school had only one very small toilet block used by around 800 students and staff
  • The new block is also accessible for disabled students

Kerahora Primary School, Bishoftu, Ethiopia

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  • The Mandala Trust supported the work of Link Ethiopia with this project
  • Funds went towards the construction of a new toilet block, as the school of 1,000 students was without any satisfactory sanitation facilities
  • It was constructed so that it would be accessible to the disabled students at the school

‘Apoyo a la madre solo’ domestic violence support centre, Argentina

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  • The Mandala Trust supported this valuable work offering support to victims of domestic violence in Venado Tuerto, Argentina
  • The Trust funded the construction of a new 10-bed shelter for women and children in need of a safe and loving environment

 

The Khanyisa Programme, South Africa

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  • The Khanyisa programme uses transformative education techniques and the Southern African concept of Ubuntu to support young men and women, girls and boys in exploring their own attitudes and beliefs around gender inequality, gender-based violence, HIV and AIDS, power and peace
  • The Mandala Trust supported Khanyisa workshops and wilderness-based camps, research into the model, and activism by the young men and boys in the form of a street protest for gender equality, the first of its kind in KwaSani municipality

Sareka Cambodia, Cambodia

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  • Children and families were given an alternative to scavenging on the Sihanoukville dump-site
  • A children’s painting project was set up with Mandala Trust support in 2006
  • A paper recycling project was launched with Mandala Trust support in 2008
  • Medical supplies and food were provided to many children and families
  • Supported children were protected from the sex trade

Ludoteca Children’s Centre, Pisco, Peru

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  • This organisation got going after the 2007 earthquakes and mud slides wiped out whole villages and killed many people
  • Many families remained in tents long after the August 2007 earthquake
  • With Mandala Trust support, 40 children each day were fed and made welcome in a warm space where they could play and learn

 

The Khuphuka Project, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

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  • £25,000 was raised by London Insight Meditation and donated via the Mandala Trust towards buildings and a 4X4 vehicle
  • Quality home-based care services were delivered to those living with and affected by HIV, AIDS and TB
  • The needs of orphaned or at risk children were identified and appropriate responses developed to ensure their protection
  • An advocacy service was set up to support service users to access their rights in the areas of health and social security
  • Food security was addressed through permaculture gardening and emergency food parcels
  • Funding allowed the research, creation and development of innovative HIV and AIDS awareness and education programmes

Thunzi Primary School, KwaZulu Natal

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  • The Mandala Trust gave funds for the materials to build a kitchen so that 70 children could be given a meal of rice, beans and veg every day
  • The new waterproof kitchen with a chimney replaced a corrugated iron wreck
  • The school cooks now have good working conditions

 

Yellow River Soup Kitchen, Xi’an, China

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  • The Mandala Trust gave funds to equip and weather-proof a crude rural school
  • Many local volunteers feed, clothe and restore the dignity of many homeless people each day
  • Following the 2009 earthquake, emergency supplies were taken to remote, extremely poor rural areas

 

Operation Kindness Jordan

  • Jordan hosts approximately 650,000 Syrian refugees, which amounts to about 10% of the country’s population, and a further 50,000 Iraqi refugees
  • Operation Kindness Jordan activists organise a refugee solidarity group supporting people fleeing the conflicts in Iraq and Syria
  • The OK Jordan volunteers teach basic school subjects for children who might otherwise be missing out on their education, facilitate games and playtime, co-ordinate community clear-ups and facilitate community meetings to identify further needs within the camps
  • The Mandala Trust is delighted to support OK Jordan and has funded the group start-up costs and a range of educational materials, play therapy equipment and toys for use with the child refugees they support

 

Anandwan (Forest of Joy), India

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  • Since the founding of Anandwan, 3 primary schools have been started for children affected by leprosy and also specialist schools for visually impaired and hearing impaired children
  • The Mandala Trust has supported the Anandwan schools with solar-powered water heaters and water purifiers, mosquito nets, shoes and clothing for the students

 

Tong-Len, Dharamsala, India

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  • A hostel for homeless street children was opened through Mandala Trust funding in 2003, providing a loving family environment, nutritious food and medical care, and educational support and recreational activity
  • Children from the hostel enrolled in the local school with outstanding results, many becoming top of the class
  • Health and education programmes were developed to serve the marginalised communities that the children originated from

Kulungile, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

  • Kulungile was launched in 2011
  • Sister Abegail has fostered or adopted over 100 children affected by the AIDS pandemic in South Africa
  • The Mandala Trust has offered organisational support and funding towards building improvements
  • Sister Abegail, who is a recipient of an ‘unsung heroes’ award from the Dalai Lama, remains an inspiration to us all.

 

 

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