Kyila, founder of Kiki’s Kids, continues to work on providing an educational program for her children at the kindergarten now located in Lhasa. It’s freezing cold weather there right now, but goals remain true as they were from the start. Recently she received a new computer and Kyila wishes to thank the donor.
In this never-ending quest to keep abreast of what’s happening with the students at Kiki’s Kids through Kyila’s communication, the computer is a huge value and tool! Thanks!
If you do not know about Kiki’s Kids, then look through previous blog posts and discover what a huge amount of time and energy has gone into the creation and continued work of all involved with Kiki’s Kids. You can support the work also through Kiki’s Kids and Global Roots.
Just when I was beginning to wonder what was happening a half world away from me with Kyila’s students/children at Kiki’s Kids, I received an email from her. Finally the new location of her program will move from Shigatse to Lhasa in this next year when students return to school after the holidays. Yeah!
How exciting that will be for everyone, especially since the big city will provide some benefits, such as: closer to medical care, access to farmers with greenhouses and thus fresher food, closer to the airport when needing to get special surgeries for eye care or whatever in Beijing or Shanghai, and more activities for the young people.
2016, looks to be with a bright start for Kiki’s Kids. When I know more, you’ll know more! Happy Holidays!
Traveling in China, specifically from Lhasa to Beijing, is a whole day affair … similar to us traveling from the west coast to east coast in the USA. However, in China you remain in the same time zone! Unlike in the USA where you travel through three time zones, dependent on the time of year.
Anyway, Kyila’s latest travel has taken her to Beijing to visit the hospitals there. Always best to know what medical help is available for her young blind children who often need specialized medical help. She does the same exploration in Lhasa.
During her travels she hoped to remain in contact with me by emails. She lugs a heavy personal computer along with her … and whatever adaptive needs she has for it. Today, I did hear from her and in another week or so she will be back with her students at Kiki’s Kids.
Some day I will visit her and see how she accomplishes all she does! In the meantime, I support her efforts in providing an education to some children who otherwise would have been ignored. If you are interested in helping too, please refer to the “About the Author” or “Become Involved” pages on this blog.
I was communicating with a contact at China Highlights, a touring company I have used on a previous trip to China, about my possible future travel. Doing the series of communications, I received an email stating the person would be taking time for Tomb-Sweeping Day and to not expect an immediate reply. Hmmm….. what is this day? A perfect opportunity to learn something new!
Tomb-Sweeping Day, or Qingming Festival or Pure Brightness Festival does have a history, but suffice it to know it did happen on April 5-7 this year. Apparently it is one of the Twenty-four Solar Terms on the Chinese calendar. At this spring date, temperatures rise and rainfall increases indicating a time for plowing and sowing. However, it is not only a seasonal symbol. It is a day to pay respect to the dead. Weeds around a tomb are cleared away, fresh soil added to show care for the dead. The dead person’s favorite food, wine and paper resembling money are burned in hope the deceased are not lacking food and money.
Today, cremation is taking over so only flowers are presented with prayers for the deceased. It is also a day to find people enjoying their spring outing with the shining sun, blossoming flowers and new-growth of tree leaves. The outings add joy to life and promote healthy body and mind. Kites fly during this time too….day and night! Little lanterns are tied to the kite so they look like twinkling stars in the night. People cut the string and let the kite fly free with the belief it will bring good luck and that disease can be eliminated.
It is always fascinating to learn about other cultures. While I work to support Kiki’s Kids at this blog, I continue to learn more things about the world we all live in… fascinating! Yes?
This year, after 2 years of success for Kyila, Director/Founder of Kiki’s Kids, I am asking for your help to send a special package of reading materials and toys to the children at the pre-school educational program that will move this summer to Lhasa, Tibet, China. Donations are still being accepted. To know how to donate, please read the “About the Author” page or the “Become Involved” page. All donations are appreciated.
When one is in need of emergency medical help, the closer and faster to medical help is always desired. For individuals with major medical needs, the best place to be is as close to a medical center as possible, and to one that has doctors with specialized skills.
Kiki’s Kids is currently in Shigatse, hours away from Lhasa. When a medical emergency does happen, Kyila notifies her staff to have a driver drive her and the child to a clinic in Shigatse. Unfortunately her children often need medical services of a larger hospital, such as in Lhasa a longer drive away. In some instances, it is even necessary for the child and Kyila to fly to Beijing or Shanghai for the medical help.
This July 2014, Kiki’s Kids will be moving to a renovated monastery in Lhasa. It will certainly be a shorter drive to receive medical help at a larger medical center. In some ways I think this new move could be a comforting thought for the staff at Kiki’s Kids as they continue their care of the children. Hopefully they are not holding their breath on the renovation part…as we all know….no renovations happen on the timeline a contractor predicts. Wish them luck!
This year, no three day train travel from Beijing to Lhasa as I had done before in 2010. Although it was a good and unique experience meeting predominantly Han Chinese and a few Tibetans, it is a long ride! I remember deciding what food do I want to eat? I would simply look at another person’s plate (the menu was in Chinese), and point to his or her plate and give a thumbs-up for my choice. This year I will fly and arrive in Lhasa in 4 hours and 50 minutes from Beijing; can do!
In 2010, when we finally had availability to CCTV at the hotel, news about the earthquake in Yushu became known. The 6.9 – 7.1 magnitude, dependent on your source, quake did not affect the rail tracks, but did take at least 1,144 lives from the difficult to reach 12,000 foot elevation-lying area. A couple of years later, Kyila became aware of a child from Yushu, an orphan after losing both parents during the quake, and the child does eventually join Kiki’s Kids. Having had observed all the open landscape out my train window for the 3 days in a row, I could easily understand how any rural area with wood-earth buildings would provide no protection for its inhabitants. The plateau is so rural with few roads, just like Yushu, it would also be a challenge to get emergency workers in to help. I understood this did affect the medical emergency help for the Yushu area too.
In 2010, my exit from Lhasa was by plane to a city, Xian, to see the terracotta warriors. This next time when I arrive in Lhasa and drive to the city center I hope to again see the painted Buddha stone carving. Isn’t it interesting what we remember? Here is a photograph of it: