`3 Idiots` school opens door for homeless, orphans

Last Updated: Thursday, August 19, 2010 - 18:39

Shey (Leh): Children, who have become
orphans or homeless due to the devastating cloudburst here,
will now get to stay and study at The Druk White Lotus School
- which shot into limelight after it was featured as Fungsuk
Wangado`s school in `3 Idiots`, starring Aamir Khan.

"Many children have become orphans because of the
cloudburst. Not necessarily orphans but also homeless.
Homeless parents can`t take care of their children so we will
take them to our school where they will be taught and fed,"
Jampal Paul Thong, Chairman, Live to Love, Ladakh Disaster
Relief Committee, the humanitarian arm of the Drukpa Buddhism
sect said.

The school is run by the Drukpa Buddhism sect.

The organisation is looking for sponsors to help such
children especially those "who can sponsor them until they
graduate."

Even though the school was hit by the flash floods on the
intervening night of August 5 and 6, the structure remained
intact.

"Of course, all the doors and widows have been damaged
but the structure is still there," Thong said.

The school has won numerous awards for its architecture,
including the best green architecture award, the most
environment-friendly building and also the best architecture
design award.

"We are going to share our expertise and knowledge about
the architecture. We cannot change the climate but we can
educate the people about making such structures," he said,
adding "This kind of things (cloudburst) may happen again, so
we need to change the structure of the houses."

According to estimates, over 10,000 houses have been
damaged and over 200 lives have been lost due to cloudburst
here.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who visited here earlier
this week, had said the priority would be to build new houses
before the onset of winter.

The chief of the Drukpa sect, 12th Gyalwang Druk Chen has
already announced Rs 50 lakh for the relief and rehabilitation
work in the district.

At present about 700 children study in the school, set
up 10 years ago, including 175 hostelers.

While currently, the school has an upper limit of class
VIII, the school management plans to increase by one class
every year.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, August 19, 2010 - 18:39

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