The DFLN was established to support Buddhist nuns in Ladakh , Northern India, with the objective to empower these nuns and make them self-sufficient . We raise funds and contributions from individuals for (educational) projects that are approved by DFLN for the nuns. These must meet our objectives. The contributions are paid twice a year to India. The DFLN also generates money through an annual Ladakh-festival, in 2013 this was held in Nijmegen. People also contribute money via our website.

The financial contribution of the DFLN to the nuns includes a sponsorship program for individual nuns and supporting various education projects. In addition, we also provide financial assistance, if necessary, for a nun’s medical care or provide disaster relief, such as we did after the flood disaster in 2010. All one-time gifts and bequests fall into the general (savings) account for special educational projects unless a donor has indicated a special purpose.

We make sure that we guarantee support to monasteries, for educational projects and the maintenance of the convent for elderly nuns in Nyerma, this is guaranteed by building earmarked funds in our reserve.

The Foundation has selected three main projects:

The wishes and needs of these monasteries are catalysts for our activities.

Under the sponsorship of nuns program the donor commits to support a specific nun for a number of years by paying her training. This is a fixed amount annually for a certain nun and, if desired, the sponsor can also maintain contact with that nun. However, nonspecific donations will be used for a larger group of nuns in the monastic community to avoid any nun from missing the opportunity to attend school. That does not apply to the nuns who follow higher education. The sponsorship of nuns donations have been specifically designed for those nuns seeking higher education.

There are several categories of nuns who we support:

The DFLN chose no CBF and not to apply for declaration of no objection because the costs to do so are disproportionately high. We are recognized by the Dutch government as a 'public benefit organization' (ANBI). This means that donations to the DFLN can be deducted from the taxable income of donors. The tax administration sets a number of conditions which the DFLN complies.

What we have acheived in 2013 thanks to our donors?

Ladakh Nuns Association

Gephel Shadrubling nunnery

Chattnyanling nunnery

pdf button The financiel statement shows the amounts that we have received from sponsors who support a nun and general donations also, transferred by people after visiting our website .

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