Welcome to the Surya Civic Association web site
Kargyak is an isolated village situated in the Indian Himalayas in the altitude of 4200 m above sea level and it is one of the last places where the original Tibetan culture still survives. Until recently, there was no school in the village and the children had no other chance but either to leave for distant boarding schools or never to learn to read and write. In September 2009 the Surya Civic Association finished construction of the specially designed “passive” school-building heated by sun, fully ecological and also compatible with local structures also in terms of appearance.
News from Kargyak
BOOK FEEDING for Sun School - 2015-03-03
In September 2008 the Surya Civic Association finished construction of the specially designed “passive” school-building heated by sun, fully ecological and also compatible with local structures also in terms of appearance. The school has been teaching children and adults how to read and write. They managed to get teachers from national education system and thats all great! It is now our goal to get some lovely books there. The children know now how to read but they have very limited options when it comes to what they can read! You can imagine that in the mountains, where it takes you three days of walking to get to the closest town from your house it is not that easy to buy a new book. Thats why we offered a help! We are now collecting books for Kargyak village and in august 2015 Alena, our volunteer will fly over to bring those books! This school already has a tiny library so feel free to organize your own collection and send the books over!
Since Zuzana and Petra left, we have studied with our teachers. There are three governmental teachers and four private teachers right at the moment. We study Maths, English, Hindi, Urdu, Bhodic, Social Science and General Science. Nobody lives at school. And there are no movies on Wednesdays. We have to clean our school every day and we also plant the new trees below and opposite the school.
The 33rd KALACHAKRA - Ladakh;seen by our children - 2014-09-24
Kalachakra is Dalailamaś teaching for all Buddhists. Kalachakra 2014 was held in Leh and it was for the word peace. There were many visitors and also many tourists. The total number is estimated at 120 000 people. It lasted 10 days. It started on 4th July and finished on 14th July.
Surprise!! In the first week of May we discovered ten envelopes in our Surya mail box (the Czech one). Postage stamps with Mother Teresa, stamp dated April 12, 2014, location: Padum! Mail from Sun School! The letters must have been through a truly adventurous journey: one of the governmental teachers or villagers brought them from Kargyak to Padum on his back through the snow-covered valleys, and bearing in mind the latest mid-May news that the road from Kargil to Zanskar has not been opened yet, it is obvious that the envelopes must have been taken to the outer world by an army helicopter!
Sun School in a New Gonchi - 2014-05-15
After long long planning and intensive preparations, Surya Association has handed over the maintenance and partial management of Sun School to Kargyak villagers and local teachers. That is a brief summary of the major change that took place in Sun School in 2013. What exactly happened and what are the actual consequences of such transformation?