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Manuel Thursday, 24 November 2016

Culture as an essential element in our lives.

On the 14th December in Bangalore in India, in the presence of the Dalai Lama, the first Tibetan Children’s Village, built in part with the contributions of the Costa Family Foundation, will be officially opened.
Culture as an essential element in our lives.
An important and ambitious project to build a University complex, wanted by no other than the Dalai Lama, and aimed to educate young Tibetans having fleed from their homeland.
In all things there is an aspect of fragility and doubt which creates that element of uncertainty – an uncertainty which in itself is perhaps one of the drivers in this world of ours. When a project is at the outset one never knows how it will eventually materialise, and if the outcome will be positive or negative. Will the result be a full realisation of what was intended and hoped for? If the uncertainty leads to a stream of positive energy then the project has a greater chance of coming to fruition. I look back now and remember when I went to Bangalore, a sort of Indian Silicon Valley. I was the one who accompanied the group of Costa Family Foundation donors, they having decided to contribute to a really important project: the Tibetan Children’s Village, a cultural centre to teach the essential principles of Tibetan culture, a culture itself associated with buddhism. I remember thinking to myself that it was a great project, important and at the same time ambitious. After all we were talking about a University complex wanted by no other than the Dalai Lama himself, and looking to educate young Tibetans forced to flee from their country by the occupying Chinese. Moving on to the present, and when I received a few days ago an email confirming the opening of the Village, my reaction was one of joy, for in this world so scarred by disaster this was genuine proof that there is still space for genuine and worthwhile initiatives. The official opening will be on 14th December and in the presence of the Dalai Lama. Now I look foward to this date, again a slight feeling of uncertainty striking me and taking me back to that time in Bangalore five years ago and my first meetings with the project coordinators. I recall their enthusiasm to make a success of the project, their delight when the first signs of construction were noticeable on the 37 hectares assigned for the development, our minds trying to imagine as many as three thousand Tibetan students one day studying there. As a Foundation we have contributed 123,500 euro, to the construction of a female residence composed of 18 rooms and 54 beds. The sum collected is a considerable one and we are delighted to see the result of donations made by the Foundation supporters. A huge expression of thanks goes to them all. Tashi Delek.

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