The main objective to reconstructing the gompa is to make it habitable for the monk community, so that they can provide services to the local community.
Completing the reconstruction works
RWI is our main supporter for the restoration works, which they anticipate will end this year (2015).
However internal finishing including plaster, religious painting, furniture and bedding, including shelves for scriptures and monk benches in the shrine rooms have yet to be funded.
Furthermore for the gompa to once again be able to serve the community, funds for tsam dancer masks and costumes are needed as well as money for food and drink for pilgrims and visitors.
In addition to the direct costs of completing the furnishing and finishes the gompa community requires feeding, clothing and medical care.
There are costs for the residential support staff including the lama teachers, cook and caretaker as well as daily support for laundry and other chores.
Teachers from two local schools attend the gompa to teach English and Nepali as well as some basic maths.
all-in costs/ month
|Lama teachers (2)||$US 350||salary, food, accom, annual travel|
|Caretaker/ cook (2)||$US 310||salary, food, accom, annual travel|
|Secular subject teachers (2)||$US 250||salary|
|Monk (c.2015 6)||$US 250||food, accom, clothing, medical, annual travel|
Dharma Chakra Upakar Samaj Sewa
Dharma Chakra Upakar Samaj Sewa (DharmaChakra Welfare Service Society) is the NGO registered with the Government of Nepal to support Chhairo gompa.
NGO Registration No. 428 registered 8/10/2070 (BS) (22 Jan 2014)
PAN (tax) registration 061987148
How to make a donation
Any donation, however small, is welcome.
Dharma Chakra Welfare Service Society’s bank account is held at Prabhu Bank, Kalanki branch, Kathmandu.
Account number 022-022102001973180-000001
The details for making an international bank transfer are here. Please use the Contact Us page to inform us of your donation and any preference you have for its use, which we will make our best efforts to honour.
Or if you prefer, you can make a donation via Paypal to RWI, and message them that you wish it to be used for gompa costs, rather than for reconstruction activities.
Take part in the restoration
For your opportunity to get to know the Chhairo gompa community you can join an RWI trip, or make a donation towards the cost of the restoration, or both! RWI can take donations using PayPal, which you can request to be spent for a particular purpose.
If you are already planning on visiting Nepal, you can contact Malla Treks in Kathmandu to find out how to visit us, and get support with buses or flights. Tell them you got their details from the Chhairo Gompa website.
If you are already in Pokhara, you can contact Stan Armington at the Tibet Resort, Damside to get travel support or make a donation (most taxi drivers will know where it is , though they may tell you its closed!)
If you are heading to the Annapurna Ciruit, make sure you walk on the left bank (east) of the Kali Gandaki river between Tukuche and Marpha avoiding the dusty and busy road. The path goes through Chhairo village and past Chhairo gompa, in front of the Namgyaling Tibetan Refugee camp before crossing back across a small footbridge to rejoin the main road into Marpha. You are very welcome to pop in, join us for a cup of tea and take a look around – more info on the How to Get Here page.
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