Extending our care to  Segyu Gaden Phodrang monastery in Nepal
Extending our care to  Segyu Gaden Phodrang monastery in Nepal
Support the Monks of Phelgyeling Monastery
Support the Monks of Phelgyeling Monastery
Gaden Relief Projects support for Zanskar nunneries 2023
Gaden Relief Projects support for Zanskar nunneries 2023
Donations to Shar Gaden to fight Covid
Donations to Shar Gaden to fight Covid
Food to less fortunate in Mongolia
Food to less fortunate in Mongolia
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Helping in the Himalayas

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About Gaden Relief

Gaden Relief Projects is a volunteer non-profit organization providing humanitarian aid to the sick and the needy and spiritual support to Buddhist communities in the Himalayan region and Mongolia — for the last 30 years. We help fill the urgent need of Buddhist communities and monastics with minimal support in remote areas. Since 1988, Gaden Relief has raised over $500,000 in donations — of which 95% reached people in need as direct aid.

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Relief Projects

Gaden Relief helps in four countries: India, Nepal, Mongolia and the Tibet Autonomous Region of China, helping provide food, healthcare, daily necessities and spiritual care for remote Buddhist nuns and monks and schools. We've helped restore monasteries, provided health care for those in need, and provided emergency relief despite challenging natural and political obstacles. Current projects include an Indian monastery in need and the remote Nuns of Zanskar — among many other initiatives.

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Donations / Volunteers

Gaden Relief Projects works exclusively with unpaid volunteers. All donated funds reach those in need. Our volunteers even pay for their own travel and donate their time. How can you help? Monthly or one-time donations or any size are most welcome and helpful. Can you volunteer your time? Our registered charity relies on generous volunteers — and donars — to help the vulnerable and remote nuns and monks of the Himilayas.

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Helping children with special needs

The orphanage Khek Sonsoglin Berkhsheeltel takes care of deaf and disabled children. Sharp levels and poverty and changes to families, culture and traditional ways of life have made the lives of Mongolia’s poor orphans and the disabled very difficult. Please help these children with special needs.

Helping the remote nuns of Zanskar

Gaden Relief has been helping Buddhist nuns in Zangskar since 1991. After funding Karsha’s Chuchikjall (or ‘Chuchikzhal’) nunnery as a pilot program, the Zangskar Project now covers all ten nunneries that are spread across Zangskar’s 7000 sq. kilometers.

Helping the Nuns in Zanskar Valley

Gaden-Relief-Picture5 There are 13 adult and 13 child nuns at Tungri Phuntsog Ling-Charity
Gaden-Relief-Picture 6 Nuns of Zanskar valley-Charity
Gaden-Relief-Picture 4 Abess Sewing Zanskari hat for Zasep Rinpoche-Charity
Gaden-Relief-26 88 Year-old nun in Zanskar valley-Charity
Gaden-Relief-Temple in Zanskar-Charity
Gaden-Relief-Rizhing Dorje Dzong nunnery one of oldest nunneries in Zanskar valley-Charity
Gaden-Relief-Picture 13 Nuns were given 3 solar lanterns reading glasses and funds from GRP-Charity
Gaden-Relief-Picture9 This is the local greenhouse in Zanskar gardens-Charity
Gaden-Relief-Picture 4 Young nuns receive sweaters and socks as a gift in Zanskar-Charity
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Gaden-Relief-Picture 13 local village near nunneries-Charity
Gaden-Relief-Picture 11 Pishu Namgyal Choling Nunnery Zanskar valley-Charity
Gaden-Relief-Picture 10 Padmasambhava cave in Zanskar valley-Charity
Gaden-Relief-33 fifteen nuns and 18 child nuns make Skyagam Phagmo Ling home in Zanskar valley-Charity
Gaden-Relief-33 Nunnery in Zanskar valley-Charity
Gaden-Relief-Karsha in Zanskar Valley-Charity
Gaden-Relief-Karsha nunnery Zanzkar Valley-Charity
Gaden-Relief-Picture 7 Nuns Zanskar Valley with dog-Charity
Gaden-Relief-Picture 8 nuns of Zanskar with Irina Safonova in centre-Charity
Gaden-Relief-32 temple in Skyagam Phagmo Ling Zanskar Valley-Charity
Gaden-Relief-30 Winter Kitchen in Zanskar nunnery-Charity
Gaden-Relief-28 Zanskar valley Buddha Tangkha very old-Charity
Gaden-Relief-28 Avalokiteshvara Chenrezig old Tangkha in Zanskar nunnery-Charity
Gaden-Relief-27 Prayer hall is 700 years old Zanskar valley-Charity
Gaden-Relief-25 Irina with the nuns of Zanskar valley-Charity
Gaden-Relief-24 Zanskar window of nunnery has metal bars on window because of bears-Charity
Gaden-Relief-24 Humble temple Zanskar nunnery-Charity
Gaden-Relief-15 Zanskar young nuns from Zangla-Charity
Gaden-Relief-16 Irina with a young nun -Charity
Gaden-Relief-16 Stupa in Zanskar village-Charity
Gaden-Relief-17 Zanskar nuns have just one small room for a temple-Charity
Gaden-Relief-18 Cooking in Zangskar-Charity
Gaden-Relief-19 Irina walking with a nun by a stupa-Charity
Gaden-Relief-20 Young Nun-Charity
Gaden-Relief-22 Cha Nunnery has no electricity-Charity
Gaden-Relief-22 Kitchen in nunnery-Charity
Gaden-Relief-12 older nun in Pishu-Charity
Gaden-Relief-14 School in Zanskar Valley-Charity
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Gaden-Relief-Picture5 There are 13 adult and 13 child nuns at Tungri Phuntsog Ling-Charity
Gaden-Relief-Picture 6 Nuns of Zanskar valley-Charity
Gaden-Relief-Picture 4 Abess Sewing Zanskari hat for Zasep Rinpoche-Charity
Gaden-Relief-26 88 Year-old nun in Zanskar valley-Charity
Gaden-Relief-Temple in Zanskar-Charity
Gaden-Relief-Rizhing Dorje Dzong nunnery one of oldest nunneries in Zanskar valley-Charity
Gaden-Relief-Picture 13 Nuns were given 3 solar lanterns reading glasses and funds from GRP-Charity
Gaden-Relief-Picture9 This is the local greenhouse in Zanskar gardens-Charity
Gaden-Relief-Picture 4 Young nuns receive sweaters and socks as a gift in Zanskar-Charity
Gaden-Relief-Picture1-Charity
Gaden-Relief-Picture 13 local village near nunneries-Charity
Gaden-Relief-Picture 11 Pishu Namgyal Choling Nunnery Zanskar valley-Charity
Gaden-Relief-Picture 10 Padmasambhava cave in Zanskar valley-Charity
Gaden-Relief-33 fifteen nuns and 18 child nuns make Skyagam Phagmo Ling home in Zanskar valley-Charity
Gaden-Relief-33 Nunnery in Zanskar valley-Charity
Gaden-Relief-Karsha in Zanskar Valley-Charity
Gaden-Relief-Karsha nunnery Zanzkar Valley-Charity
Gaden-Relief-Picture 7 Nuns Zanskar Valley with dog-Charity
Gaden-Relief-Picture 8 nuns of Zanskar with Irina Safonova in centre-Charity
Gaden-Relief-32 temple in Skyagam Phagmo Ling Zanskar Valley-Charity
Gaden-Relief-30 Winter Kitchen in Zanskar nunnery-Charity
Gaden-Relief-28 Zanskar valley Buddha Tangkha very old-Charity
Gaden-Relief-28 Avalokiteshvara Chenrezig old Tangkha in Zanskar nunnery-Charity
Gaden-Relief-27 Prayer hall is 700 years old Zanskar valley-Charity
Gaden-Relief-25 Irina with the nuns of Zanskar valley-Charity
Gaden-Relief-24 Zanskar window of nunnery has metal bars on window because of bears-Charity
Gaden-Relief-24 Humble temple Zanskar nunnery-Charity
Gaden-Relief-15 Zanskar young nuns from Zangla-Charity
Gaden-Relief-16 Irina with a young nun -Charity
Gaden-Relief-16 Stupa in Zanskar village-Charity
Gaden-Relief-17 Zanskar nuns have just one small room for a temple-Charity
Gaden-Relief-18 Cooking in Zangskar-Charity
Gaden-Relief-19 Irina walking with a nun by a stupa-Charity
Gaden-Relief-20 Young Nun-Charity
Gaden-Relief-22 Cha Nunnery has no electricity-Charity
Gaden-Relief-22 Kitchen in nunnery-Charity
Gaden-Relief-12 older nun in Pishu-Charity
Gaden-Relief-14 School in Zanskar Valley-Charity
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Helping in remote ares of four countries

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Helping in Remote Areas

Gaden Relief has helped with direct aid and relief since 1988 in many areas, including remote areas of India, Nepal, Mongolia and the Tibet Autonomous Region, China.

Project volunteer Irina Safonova with the young nuns of Zanskar, a remote nunnery in India.

Helping in India

Gaden Relief’s Zangskar Project is funding nunneries in a remote region of northern India called Zangskar Valley, in the state of Ladakh.

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Helping in Mongolia

Gaden Relief’s Mongolia Project was started immediately after Ven. Zasep Rinpoche’s first visit to Mongolia in 2003. We have helped with orphanages, education funds and water systems among many other initiatives.

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