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
Our plane from Delhi arrived on the Monday to the beautiful and friendly place in Himalaya. We wanted to take one day of acclimatization here and continue to Zanskar. But, His Holiness has birthday today. So we should change the plans for today and celebrate Dalai Lama with the others. Our bus is going to go to Padum at 4:30 a.m. tomorrow. We are looking forward to the way to the school. We hope we will reach Padum in 9/7/ 2016in the evening and send next greetings from there.
Sun School awarded - 2016-07-06
As we have already informed you before, at the end of May 2016, Sun School in Kargyak was awarded a prize of International Children Art Exhibition Lidice. We would like to share this moment and proudly present the award. The photograps representing our school were taken in the village of Kargyak. Jan Tilinger, the head of Surya NGO and a passionate photographer himself, visited to the village, equiped with two INUX camera that were provided by the company CANON. He was working with two oldest students – Rangdol and Nidon whose main objective was to catch the images of village, school and its surroundings as they see them themselves. The photograps are displayed at the International Children Art Exhibition Lidice, on the 1st floor at Lidice Gallery until the 30th November 2016. We would like to thank to Anna Matoušková, Sunny Canadian School, and the CANON company without whose help the photograps would not be created.
Flood in the Valley - 2015-07-14
Less than a fortnight after the news of the earthquake in Nepal was released and our worries that the aftershocks hit the region of northern India and Zanskar were quickly dispersed , the Indian media reported about the flood that swept from an area close to Phuktal monastery to Padum and caused considerable material damage in some parts of Lungnak valley and other areas.
earthquake passed us - 2015-04-27
Concerning the earthquake in Nepal, media informed about accompanying tremors that occurred also in Tibet, Bangladesh, Pakistan and India. We would like to inform that the region of Zanskar Valley, where Sun School and the village of Kargyak are situated, was not hit by the earthquake. We have contacted the village as well as some Kargyak villagers studying at the universities around India, and we were assured that no extraordinary events happened in the area and that everybody is perfectly fine. May the wind carry the prayers from the praying flags towards Nepal.
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!