Contacting your Sponsored Person
We encourage you to get to know your student, nun or monk, and learn about their situation and their daily lives.
Write as soon as you can after confirmation of your sponsorship. We suggest that you write first to break the ice and introduce yourself.
Tell your new friend about yourself – about your family, where you live, your occupation, and what is happening in your life. They will be very interested to know who you are.
Not too much information at once though. Single page letters are recommended. Photos are always welcome.
It’s important when writing to Tibet to keep to personal subject matter, avoiding any politically sensitive issues, especially mention of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
WRITING TO YOUR NUN OR STUDENT IN TIBET
Remember to include a stamped self-addressed envelope. The translated letter will be sent back to you. Then you post to Tibet using the special address labels (right). It contains four copies of the address so you’ll need to cut it to get one label.
The Tibet address label helps your letter pass from Australia, through China to Tibet. It has to pass through three countries so the label has the address in three languages. Simply print (in Internet Explorer use the Print button, or File->Print), then cut into four, and paste one onto the envelope.
Send your letter directly to Tibet
Send your letter in English to Ganzi using the address labels above. No need to wait for translations. Many students are now learning English or have access to someone who can read an English letter for them.
Sending Parcels to Tibet
Send as per letters. Parcels going to Tibet usually arrive safely. You will be advised when your mail arrives in Ganzi.
What to send
Students Gifts of clothing, stationery, toys, books, Australiana – things a child of the same age in Australia would like.
Nuns Warm clothing (maroon/brown colour), – polar fleece blankets, jackets, socks, hats; or stationery, soaps, towels etc.
Sending mail to Tibet is much more reliable than mailing to India, but sending mail from Ganzi is difficult.
In Ganzi, the people must apply at the police station for a permit to buy a stamp, and explain why they are sending international mail.
This is very intimidating, and a little dangerous, for ordinary Tibetan villagers. We are trying to set up systems for sending bulk mail outs from Ganzi.
So please don’t abandon your student if you don’t hear from them; it may be too difficult or even dangerous for them to write back every time. They are receiving the benefits of your sponsorship and are most grateful for it, even if they can’t always tell you.
The most important thing with all correspondence is REMEMBER to write the ID NUMBER with the address.
WRITING TO YOUR MONK OR STUDENT IN INDIA
The monks and students in India can usually find someone to translate or write for them.
So you can write to you monk or student in English.
For pre-2011 registrations, your beneficiary’s address should be on your registration form.
Newer sponsors of India students and monks will be provided with this information in their welcome/information pack. If you are not sure about where to send mail to India, please contact Nying-Jey Projects for information about addressing mail your beneficiary.
Sera Jey Monastery
PO Bylakuppe 571104
District Mysore, Karnataka State
Gyumed Tantric University
PO Gurupura 571188
District Mysore, Karnataka State
Sending Parcels to Monks & India students
It is difficult to ensure that parcels sent to India will actually reach their destination. Best results come when you know of someone travelling to South India, who will deliver your parcel in person.
OR you can simply add the occasional gift of a little extra money with your regular payment.
Please don’t give up if you don’t hear from your beneficiary. Letters to/from India don’t always get through.