2017 BUDGET

2017 BUDGET for KAG CHODE MONASTERY SCHOOL

Student Expenses

Description

Per Student

# of Students

Totals in US $

Food for 55 people for 12 months including staff

$350

45+10

$19,250.00

Monastic robes, annually ( 2 sets: summer and winter )

$50

45

$2,250.00

Additional clothing for summer, personal hygiene supplies

$35

45

$1,575.00

Winter jacket, sweater, socks, shoes, slippers, undergarments

$70

45

$3,150.00

Text books: Nepali, English, Tibetan, Math, Science, Copies, Pencils etc.

$35

45

$1,575.00

Medical: basic medicines for wellness

$30

45

$1,350.00

Set of Bedding and blankets

$40

45

$1,800.00

Cost of attending teachings, return travel to winter quarters

$45

45

$2,025.00

Subtotal

$32,975.00

Teaching and Non-Teaching Staff

Description

Per Month

# of Months

Totals in US $

English Teacher

$200

12

$2400.00

Nepali Teacher

$200

12

$2400.00

Tibetan Teacher

$200

12

$2400.00

Social Study Teacher

$200

12

$2400.00

Tibetan Ritual Teacher

$200

12

$2400.00

Science Teacher

$200

12

$2400.00

Math Teacher

$200

12

$2400.00

Head Cook

$180

12

$2160.00

Assistant

$130

12

$1560.00

Cleaner

$130

12

$1560.00

Subtotal

$22080.00

TOTAL ANNUAL EXPENSES in USD

$55,055.00

Kagbeni & Monastery
Kagbeni, located at the entrance of Upper Mustang, just half an hour ride by jeep from Jomsom is an oasis with its apple and apricot orchards and barley fields, vibrant with color standing against the vast landscape of silver gray river, stones and stark, brown cliffs on the edge of the Kali Gandaki River. Here on the precipice of a steep cliff and bordered by the Kali Gandaki and the Dzong Khola rivers, sits the Kag Chode Thupten Samphel Ling Monastery founded by the renowned Sakya scholar, Tenpa Gyalsten of Tibet in 1429. The monastery being the center of spiritual life for the local community, who live here, has been well cared for during the past 570 years. Until the middle of the 18th century this monastery housed nearly 100 monks from twelve different surrounding villages practicing Dharma and keeping alive Tibetan Buddhism. Local economic condition and the lack of school and health care facilities have forced many village people to take their families and relocate to larger villages or eventually go to Pokhara, Kathmandu or India leaving the village and more importantly, the monastery with only a few senior monks, too old to leave.