We Have Registered Charity Status in Canada!

Jhamtse Canada at Jhamtse Gatsal Children's Community

Today is a historic day for Jhamtse Canada as the Canadian Revenue Agency has determined that we are a registered charity in Canada effective January 1, 2015. Our registered charity status enables us to receive donations and issue tax deductible receipts under our registration number 814420238RR0001. Much thanks goes to the hard work of Camille Jordaan and the lawyers at Borden Ladner Gervais in Toronto for helping us reach this milestone after a full year’s worth of effort.

Natural Building Workshop

working together

There is an exciting workshop at Jhamtse Gatsal in the fall of 2015. Participants will learn how to build an earthen house at the Community over an 8 week period. You can learn great skills and participate in building at the Children’s Community.

If you are interested ‎in learning more about this please check the link and contact Coenraad, James, or Kate from House Alive. Spots are limited.

8-week earthen apprenticeship program in India

A Successful Screening in Québec

On December 30, 2014, Louise Abbott, Niels Jensen and the volunteers at Studio Georgeville cooperative located at 20 carré Copp, Georgeville, Québec hosted a “Tashi and the Monk” movie night. The goal was to raise awareness about the Jhamtse Gatsal Children’s Community. The evening was a great success and an appreciative audience contributed to make a donation to Jhamtse Canada. Our thanks goes to Louise, Niels and others who made this event possible. Well done!!!

Studio Georgeville

Tashi and the Monk wins Best Film: Mountain Culture

Jeff & Johnny at Banff

On November 8 and 9 in Banff, Alberta the movie Tashi and the Monk was shown to over 2,500 people at the Banff Mountain Film Festival. The movie wowed the audiences and the judges as it was awarded the Best Film: Mountain Culture. Presenting the award to Director Johnny Burke is Candice Drouin, from sponsor Helly Hansen, along with Jeff Jenner from Jhamtse Canada. Tashi and the Monk will now be part of the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour with screenings across Canada over the next four months and around the world during the next year. We are looking for volunteers to be Jhamtse Gatsal ambassadors during these screenings, so if you’d love to help, please give us a call.

Tashi & the Monk to be at Banff

Lobsang & Tashi

Tashi and the Monk, a short documentary film about life at Jhamtse Gatsal Children’s Community, has been selected to be screened at the Banff Mountain Film Festival.

Johnny Burke, one of the two creators of Tashi and the Monk, will be in attendance in Banff, Alberta this weekend for the screenings of the award-winning film along with Jeff Jenner, President of Jhamtse Canada.

Tashi and the Monk recently won the Pare Lorentz award for social and environmental film making excellence at the International Documentary Association (IDA). The IDA also short-listed Tashi and the Monk for the best short documentary at its upcoming awards gala in Los Angeles. The film also won two awards at the Telluride Mountain Film Festival in Colorado early this year and is currently on tour throughout the US.

Visit the Tashi and the Monk website for more information about the film.

Jhamtse Gatsal Now Registered Non-Profit in India

Written by Beezy Bentzen, and originally posted on the Jhamtse International blog.

Jhamtse Gatsal has finally been granted registration as a non-profit organization in the state of Arunachal Pradesh. Chief Secretary Planning, Ramesh Negi, was instrumental in facilitating the registration. This formal recognition of Jhamtse Gatsal enables the community to receive grants from the Government of India. It also enables Gen Lobsang to begin the process of obtaining a tax exemption certificate which will allow Jhamtse Gatsal to offer tax-deductible receipts to Indian contributors.