Gifts from a Visit with Lama Tenzin and the Children of the CED House


At Global Family Travels, we are blessed to partner with many incredible people and organizations who do good deeds in their communities around the world. In June 2016, I had the opportunity to take my own two children to Dehradun, India to visit one of our partners, Lama Tenzin Choegyal, a very special person and Buddhist monk, who is doing some amazing work to provide young children an education and a home to live in. Lama Tenzin’s generosity and dedication to educating girls is astonishing and deserves a spotlight.

Lama Tenzin, or as we call him "Lama T," founded an orphanage in Dehradun called the Children’s Educational Development Society (CED House) in 2000, which provides education to abandoned youth whom he has rescued from the Dolpo region of Nepal, a remote village high in the Himalayas. In Dolpo, Lama T witnessed young girls working in hardship at their family homes, and they were being deprived of an education. In some cases, the girls had been shunned by society, because they had a slight malformation (cleft palate, or club foot) and the local oracle (spiritual leader) told their parents not to care for them because it would supposedly bring “harm” to their families.

Since his initial visit to Dolpo, Lama T has brought back 28 children to Dehradun - mostly girls - to provi