Jatson Chumig Welfare Special School

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The Jatson Chumig Welfare Special School is located in the center of Lhasa, Tibet. Established in 1993, the Jatson Chumig School accepts orphans and the physically challenged as well as children from poor families.  The more than 150 students are given a stable environment, a good education, and the opportunity to someday give back to their communities.  They are taught specific skills which provides them with greater ability to meet their own needs when they leave the school.  Moreover, this special school fills a large, empty place in the children’s lives, creating one big loving family in a wonderful place in which to live. The school also provides an on-site medical clinic, as well as special machines to be used in therapy for the physically challenged students.


Since their founding, the school has been providing these children with a supportive, nurturing home (housing, food and clothes) and a basic education of six years. They also provide vocational job training, as well as entrance into middle school, high school and the University. It is their goal to give these children a future where there otherwise would not be one.  What separates them is that they are more then just an orphanage; they are a school and teach skills.

Collette Vacations provided the funding for four sets of uniforms for the students, two for the summer and two for the winter.  Collette’s 2010 project will be to build a dedicated kindergarten room for the students.

If you are planning to visit Jatson Chumig, please note that the Collette Foundation does not accept in kind donations. However, if you’d like to bring items directly to Jatson Chumig we have some suggestions:

  • Clothes – long sleeve t-shirts (size above 2 years old)
  • Socks – (any size above 2 yrs old)
  • Shoes – (any size above 2 yrs old)
  • Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Chapstick/lip balm with SPF
  • Children’s sunblock – SPF 45 or higher
  • Coloring books
  • Picture books
  • Colored Pencils

****PLEASE NOTE: crayons will be checked and confiscated