Pocket Money Project


 Pocket Money Project promotes economic independence for some of the under privileged kids at Tibetan Children Village school in upper Dharamsala, India by providing a network of additional financial assistance to help them thrive in their school life.This project is also committed to find ways to help the needed "pockets" in the exile community.


We can all somehow relate or feel that it is necessary to provide additional help and support, especially to those children who are poor, orphaned, separated with no one to rely on for their needs, which disables them from thriving in school and even beyond.  It may seem counter-productive to give money to the kids and let them spoil, it may but not having any pocket money to spend on even a piece of candy can be devastating and weakening for the minds of children.  For the lack of money could lead to acquiring some through various means which could hinder their development process in aging and especially in their education.

As a former student, with the experience of Tibetan boarding school life, we know what it is like having experience the childhood isolated from the family. Although the children are generally provided and cared for by the Central Tibetan Administration through the support system built within the boarding schools provided housings with foster parents.  It would be difficult to provide guidance and emotional stability for all the kids by the foster parents and the school.  I feel that it is our responsibility to get involved somehow to help the kids with their experience.  


We are all connected through our memories.  We can remember back to when were young children in Tibetan boarding schools or anywhere you had lived and schooled, we had our good times and bad times.  Now that we are adults, graduated from the nurturing nursery of Tibetan boarding schools, shouldering responsibility and giving back to the community that has made us who we are right now.  If we don't start help with building and strengthening our own community, little by little we will lose touch with the reality of our own identity.  Through this project that we have kept alive in our heart despite all the distractions that come our way, we are able, with the help of our wonderful friends, to take part in the responsibility of being product of the Tibetan boarding school or any community and a fellow human on this earth.


Your contribution of any amount helps because the money goes directly into their pockets, which they get to spend on themselves. 

• The pocket money we are trying to raise, supports these kids are more than the pocket money they usually receive from the school. So with your financial assistance, you are actually saving the money for the school which they could use that to fund their education and facilities for better learning environment. 

 Kids mental stages are very delicate. Most of the kids show less interest on studies and more on playing games, fun activities, and desire to eat junk food. When they can’t meet those desires they tend to separate themselves from the society and could wound up becoming delinquent as means of exertion. So through your contributions to this pocket money project, you are actually creating an abstract condition for the kids to become a better person.

If you are interested in any aspects of this project or would like to know more information.  Please fill out the form with your questions, comments, concerns or anything that you would like to get out of Pocket Money Project.  Information for validation or verification can be provided or could be gathered through our Facebook or receipt page.  We are always trying to provide full disclosure of information from the collection of the money to the distribution of the money to the kids with of course going through the officials at the Tibetan Children Village school office in Dharamsala, India.

Tenzin Jampa Samdo, founder of Pocket Money Project.  He currently works as an IT Specialist in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  He has served as executive member managing the membership coordination of the Tibetan Association of Boston.  He is also a core member of Tibetan Resettlement Stories: Voices of Boston and This Tibetan Life. 

Chemi Wangmo, India Coordinator for Pocket Money Project children in Dharamsala.  She completed schooling from upper Tibetan Childrens Village school and graduated from Delhi University with Bachelors in English. She currently works at the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives as the Assistant Publications Officer.


Mrs. Yeshi Dolkar was a former ESL teacher at the Tibetan Children's Village School Dharamsala and later at the Dalai Lama Institute for Higher Education, Bangalore. After teaching for 31 years, she retired in 2015 on medical grounds.  She is currently the South India coordinator for Pocket Money Project.

100% of your donation will go directly into the kids pocket.