Jhamtse Canada Financial Statements 2017

Independent auditor’s report

To the Members of Jhamtse Canada

We have audited the accompanying financial statements of Jhamtse Canada (the “Organization”), which comprise the statement of financial position as at December 31, 2017, the statements of financial activities and changes in capital and cash flows for the year then ended, and a summary of significant accounting policies and other explanatory information.

Management’s responsibility for the financial statements

Management is responsible for the preparation and fair presentation of these financial statements in accordance with Canadian accounting standards for not-for-profit organizations and for such internal control as management determines is necessary to enable the preparation of financial statements that are free from material misstatement, whether due to fraud or error.

Auditor’s responsibility

Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these financial statements based on our audit. We conducted our audit in accordance with Canadian generally accepted auditing standards. Those standards require that we comply with ethical requirements and plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free from material misstatement.

An audit involves performing procedures to obtain audit evidence about the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. The procedures selected depend on the auditor’s judgment, including the assessment of the risks of material misstatement of the financial statements, whether due to fraud or error. In making those risk assessments, the auditor considers internal control relevant to the entity’s preparation and fair presentation of the financial statements in order to design audit procedures that are appropriate in the circumstances, but not for the purpose of expressing an opinion on the effectiveness of the entity’s control. An audit also includes evaluating the appropriateness of accounting policies used and the reasonableness of accounting estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall presentation of the financial statements.

We believe that the audit evidence we have obtained is sufficient and appropriate to provide a basis for our qualified audit opinion.

Basis for Qualified Opinion

In common with many charitable organizations, Jhamtse Canada derives revenue from fundraising activities and public donations, the completeness of which is not susceptible to satisfactory audit verification. Accordingly, our verification of these revenues was limited to the amounts recorded in the records of Jhamtse Canada. Therefore, we were not able to determine whether any adjustments might be necessary to contribution and fundraising revenues, net surplus and cash flows from operations for the years ended December 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016, current assets as at December 31, 2017 and 2016, and changes in capital as at January 1, 2017, December 31, 2017, and December 31, 2016. Our audit opinion on the financial statements for the period ended December 31, 2016 was modified accordingly because of possible effects of this limitation in scope.

Qualified Opinion

In our opinion, except for the effects of the matter described in the Basis for Qualified Opinion paragraph, the financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of Jhamtse Canada as at December 31, 2017, and the results of its operations and its cash flows for the year then ended in accordance with Canadian accounting standards for not-for-profit organizations

Grant Thornton Signature

Chartered Professional Accountants Licensed Public Accountants

Mississauga, Canada February 28, 2018

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2017 – Fall Newsletter

Welcome to our fall newsletter. Our mission is to relieve poverty in developing nations by providing the basic necessities of life, including food, clean water, energy, education and shelter to children and families who are poor and in need.

LOCATIONS PROVIDED SUPPORT

During this year program funding was provided to the Jhamtse Gatsal Children’s Community for the purchase of a school bus in the spring. This area is very difficult to travel to so all modes of transportation are critical to the school. We are pleased to announce a new 5-year education support pilot program for school girls in remote Eastern Nepal in partnership with InREACH Nepal. For the new school year in 2018 we will sponsor 20 girls whose families would not otherwise be able to afford the local school expenses. Many studies have proven that the most effective way to end poverty is through girls’ education. Should the pilot program reduce the local drop-out rates and increase the likelihood of children graduating high school, our plan is to increase the program to 100 girls by 2020. Should any of our supporters be interested in sponsoring children in this new program please email Adarsh at amehta@jhamtsecanada.ca.

CURRENT VOLUNTEER STORIES

Hardworking Volunteers in Mississauga organized the 2nd annual Diwali Dhamaal, a fun children-focused festival event. On October 15th over 160 people, including 60 children, attended the dinner, aarti decorating contest and performed dances. Our thanks go to organizers Parul Patel, Alapana Dullabh and Radha Bharania for donating the surplus funds raised to Jhamtse Canada.


Girls receive prizes for best aarti tray during the Diwali children’s event

Vancouver volunteers created another fun night of food and music on November 7th at the Vancouver Rowing Club in Stanley Park. The Just Singin’ Round event, sponsored by the Synergy Collective, had another thoroughly entertained crowd. Six local performers including David Sinclair, Mark James Fortin and Yvonne McSkimming sang original songs about life in and around Vancouver as well as requested songs like My Funny Valentine.

With over 150 people coming out to the event in support of Jhamtse Canada, the evening’s activities raised more than $6,000.

Another sold out Just Singin’ Round crowd hears great musicians.

Our special thanks go to Carol Evenchick, Paula Pysllakis, Janice Ebenstiner and Mark Riddell whose effort and contributions made the night a tremendous success. The Vancouver volunteer group have already made plans for the third annual event on October 4th 2018 and will need your help to sell out again. If you are interested in volunteering and/or purchasing tickets please email Jeff Jenner at jjenner@jhamtsecanada.ca. We also thank the Synergy Collective who organize the Just Singin’ Round music and dinner events for us and many other worthwhile charities throughout the year. If you are in the Vancouver area please go to (http://www.synergycollective.ca/programs/ticket-info
) to check out their events. For the second straight year our daughter has raised funds for her friends at Jhamtse Gatsal. During her 5th birthday this year Milaan raised $340 for art supplies at the Community.

FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

Jhamtse Canada is completing its third year as a registered charity and will continue as a 100% volunteer organization with no paid staff. During the prior year we raised over $86,000 while keeping expenses below $9,500 according to our auditor’s report. We committed the 2016 accumulated surplus to the continued support to Jhamtse Gatsal at over $35,000 per annum and to fund our new educational support program in Nepal.

With the new support program being launched and in keeping with our broad charitable mandate we are contemplating a name change in 2018. The change will reflect our commitment to help children and families in need while keeping administrative costs to the bare minimum. This ensures that 100% of your contributions goes to support great causes.

Our commitment, as always, is that all administration costs of the charity be covered by us personally. We will continue to support Jhamtse Gatsal, InREACH Nepal and are still searching to find other worthwhile organizations to bring to your attention.

DIRECTORS
The Board of Jhamtse Canada:

  • Linda Bertoldi, LLB Partner, Bordner Ladner Gervais
  • Mark Foley, President, Jhamtse International
  • Jeff Jenner, CA, CBV, CEO, Potentia Renewables Inc.
  • Adarsh Mehta, MSc, MBA, Vice President, JRC Inc.

DONATIONS & VOLUNTEERS
Donations can be made by cheque and sent to the address on the footer of this page or by Paypal or credit card from our website (http://jhamtsecanada.ca/donate/). f you are interested in volunteering or creating other events for Jhamtse Canada please call Adarsh Mehta at amehta@jhamtsecanada.ca or telephone 905-990-2464.

We thank you for your support and trust.
Jhamtse Children

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W. John Andresen Q.C. – India story

Standing on the tarmac of the Tawang heliport I was still a little shell shocked from seventeen hours in the air, Calgary – Heathrow – Delhi, then the noise and energy of Guwahati, a rapidly growing northeast Indian city, and finally the one hour ten minute helicopter ride to land in this remote Himalayan town.

But waiting there was a smiling Jhamtse Gatsal representative with a Khata, the Tibetan ceremonial scarf, to put around my neck.

An hour and a half drive later amidst the gorgeous backdrop of high mountain ridges and deep gorges, I arrive at the sprawling campus of the Jhamtse Gatsal community.


Like all visitors, John’s arrival is a cause for celebration and show of respect at Jhamtse Gatsal

Stepping out of the car, Dorjee the 15 year old sweet girl we help sponsor, drapes another ceremonial scarf around my neck. The entire school is lined up to welcome me personally. I was deeply touched but this welcome was a mere forerunner of how warmly I was accepted here during my two and half weeks.

I found the community of Jhamtse Gatsal had a rhythm of a slower, gentler life that I happily blended into.

There were healthy delicious meals of mainly rice and vegetables. I frequently ate with the kids rather than the separate sitting for the staff. Before each meal kids all chant a prayer of gratitude. I could feel their sincerity. Days there consisted of hanging out with the kids, and daily long walks, often to a Buddhist worship site with the prayer wheels a half hour down the road. Behind that place, off road, is a 15 minute hike to a high point with the two ancient cairns standing as sentinels.

I began to sleep better.

One day Dorjee and her friend Tenzin acted as guides to take me up to a nearby 11,000 foot summit to see the 80 foot white Tara Buddhist statue and temple. Entering the temple the girls demonstrate the proper form of prayer as we face the Buddha, on my knees three times with forehead to the floor.

I volunteered to help a crew of 10 who were in the community building a cob house.

A cob house is one built entirely of natural building materials and Conrad had already built another one here a couple of years ago.

Before the work started, Conrad took us to a viewpoint nearby and there read an essay, Charles Eisenstein’s ‘The Cynic and Boatbuilder’ on the power of craftsmanship, the importance of work which does not as its goal seek high social status, or wealth.

Conrad then took his thus inspired crew, to the cob house, to assign tasks for the day.

Touching a loft support beam Conrad told us ‘this beam has known the violence of a mill saw. I want someone to show it love back by sanding its edges.

When younger, I had been on a few construction sites, and if it wasn’t obvious before, it certainly was then, that this was going to be a job site with a difference.

I was assigned to the patio building crew of Marla from France, Nikita from India and Kelly from the US.

Conrad told me Gen Lobsong Phuntsok the founder and guiding spirit of Jhamtse Gatsal thought when finished, the house at least initially, might be a place for meditation. I cut a finger hauling a rock for that patio so my blood as well as my sweat are now part of that house. I need to come back and stand in it when it’s completed.

I was asked by one of the teachers to help teach a class on how to debate and on the art of advocacy. On a sunny afternoon in an outdoor setting, the class desks all arranged in a circle, with attentive looking students, I tried to do that.

The class was then divided into two teams and each side was to prepare arguments to debate each side of the question, ‘Was China’s invasion of Tibet justified? the following afternoon before me as Judge. I had brought with me to Jhamtse Gatsal part of my barrister’s work clothes so I wore that for more credibility as a Judge. The kids came prepared so there was some good back and forth volleys.

Thinking of my first time at Jhamtse Gatsal I will remember dozens of memorable little vignettes of interactions with the children there and I was able to spend time with our sponsored child Dorjee.

During my time there she offered to hand wash my laundry. I sensed this came from a deep place, that is, the joy that comes from acts of generosity, that is one of the tenets of Buddhism. I told her ‘let’s do it together’ but she was the pro and I was just in the way. She was both joyful and ten times faster than a washing machine.

She said in her farewell letter to me how much she enjoyed our discussions on life. In truth, this wonderful, mature child had as much to teach me, as I her.

Jhamtse Canada Fall 2016 Newsletter

FALL 2016

Welcome to Jhamtse Canada’s newsletter. The word Jhamtse means love and compassion in Tibetan. Our mission is to relieve poverty in developing nations by providing basic necessities of life, including food, clean water, clothing and/or shelter to children and families who are poor or in need.

LOCATIONS PROVIDED SUPPORT

Last year over $46,000 of funds raised in 2015 was devoted to relief and programming included support to the Jhamtse Gatsal Children’s Community located in the Himalayan foothills at the “end of the road” in northeastern India. The Community is beside the Bhutan eastern border where India meets Tibet and Bhutan. This area is remote and very difficult to travel to so stories about the area and the Community are precious.

CURRENT STORIES

One such story is of course Tashi and the Monk which continues to amaze audiences around the globe having accumulated 30 international film festival awards. Last month in New York Tashi won the 2016 EMMY for Best Short Documentary. Andrew Hinton one of the Directors and Producer accepted the award. In his speech, Andrew thanked Lobsang Phuntsok and the children at Jhamtse Gatsal Children’s Community. The award and acceptance speech are highlighted on our web site at JhamtseCanada.ca.


Andrew Hinton accepts the 2016 Emmy for Tashi and the Monk.


Older children at Jhamtse Gatsal preparing for high school testing.

The children at Jhamtse Gatsal continue to thrive in the remote community. The picture above shows the oldest kids ready to take the standardized tests for Grade 11 at the nearest Government high school which is a two-hour drive away from the Community. This long commute highlights the need for a school bus which we hope to provide shortly.


Younger children practice traditional dance at the Community.

Both the girls and boys excel at academics, volleyball and traditional dance. The children are often asked to perform at various festivals in the region.

Our great Volunteers in Vancouver created a fun night of food and music on October 4th in Vancouver at the Rowing Club in Stanley Park. The event, sponsored by the Synergy Collective, was sold out and the crowd was thoroughly entertained by seven local performers including David Sinclair, Ross Douglas, Melanie Dekker, Mark James Fortin and Yvonne McSkimming singing original songs about life in and around Vancouver.


Singin’ Round performers jam before a sold out Vancouver crowd.

With over 150 people coming out in support, the evening’s activities raised more than $5,000 for Jhamtse Canada. These funds, along with prior donations, will enable us to purchase the needed 24 seat school bus for the Children’s Community.


The sold out Vancouver Rowing Club crowd hears great local musicians performing original songs.

Our special thanks go to Terry Bulych, Carol Evenchick, and Mark Riddell who made the night a tremendous success. The Vancouver volunteer group have already made plans for a follow up event in 2017 and will need your help (see Upcoming Events). We also thank the Synergy Collective who organize the Just Singin’ Round music and dinner events for many worthwhile charities throughout the year.

FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

Jhamtse Canada is in its second year as a registered charity and continues to operate as a 100% volunteer organization with no paid staff. During the prior year we raised over $117,000 while keeping expenses below $13,000. We committed the 2015 accumulated surplus to an additional three years of continued support to Jhamtse Gatsal of $35,000 per annum including this year’s payment to be forwarded later this month.

Administration costs are covered by personal donations from Adarsh Mehta and Jeff Jenner. As a result, 100% of your contributions goes entirely to great causes. We continue to support Jhamtse Gatsal and search to find other worthwhile organizations to bring to your attention.

UPCOMING EVENTS

The Vancouver volunteer group has another event planned for November 7th 2017 in support of Jhamtse Canada. It will be the second annual dinner and entertainment organized through the Synergy Collective Society. Synergy is a community-based organization that blends art with social responsibility. The evening is at the Vancouver Rowing Club in Stanley Park. Our goal is to sell out the event again so anyone interested in purchasing tickets and/or volunteering with the general organization of the event please call Carol Evenchick at 604-985-2511.

DIRECTORS
The Board of Jhamtse Canada:

  • Linda Bertoldi, LLB Partner, Bordner Ladner Gervais
  • Mark Foley, President, Jhamtse International
  • Jeff Jenner, CA, CBV, CEO, Jenner Renewable Consulting
  • Adarsh Mehta, MSc, MBA, Vice President, JRC Inc.

DONATIONS & VOLUNTEERS
Donations can be made by cheque and sent to the address on the footer of this page or by Paypal or credit card from our website (http://jhamtsecanada.ca/donate/). f you are interested in volunteering or creating other events for Jhamtse Canada please call Adarsh Mehta at amehta@jhamtsecanada.ca or telephone 905-990-2464.

We thank you for your support and trust.
Jhamtse Children

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