We Are One

a grassroots charity started thru Open Door that is looking towards sustainable projects that help employ the marginalized people of our community the first project is the bag project Find out more about volunteering or pass on any ideas you have to continue this kind of work

We Are One Currently Supports:

Tashi DMy name is Tashi Dolma Lama & I am from a small village called Shyo in the Nubri Valley of Nepal. Nubri is a very remote area located at the base of Mt. Manaslu, the 8th highest mountain in the world. There is no electricity, no roads, no schools & no healthcare. My parents like the rest of the villagers are subsistence farmers.

When I was seven years old, my father got good news that SMD School in Kathmandu had found a sponsor for me to study. So, my dad & I walked 8 days & took a bus for a whole day to get to the big city. I don’t remember much of that journey now but I do remember my first experience riding a bus – asking lots of questions about the bus, why the trees & everything outside the bus were moving.
I spent 8 ½ years at SMD School, which grew from 200 to about 600 students. I made great friends who will have my back for the rest of my life, got to learn three languages (English, Tibetan & Nepali) & got one of the best educations in Nepal.
I also really enjoyed participating in Tibetan & Nepali folk dance clubs. That’s me welcoming Dr. Jane Goodall to SMD School in 2006.
When I was 13.5 years old, I got a scholarship to study at an all girls’ school in Toronto called The Bishop Strachan School. After 4 years there, I was admitted to Quest University in Squamish and I’m just finishing up my BA in Entrepreneurship.
I have had the opportunity to lead a very different and blessed life compared to girls & women of my village. I would probably be a mother of 2 kids or more if I were still in my village, working very hard yet not have enough to feed my family.
After my studies in Canada, I want to return to Nepal to better my family, my village & my country. I am particularly interested in improving health care of Nubri & resolving unemployment in Kathmandu.
I want to thank you all for coming & supporting my village and my country.

Thank you.

The Shree Mangal Dvip Boarding School ( SMD).
 This school serves the needs of children from the Himalayas where there are no schools. Its goal is to preserve the culture, language and the Buddhist way of life of the Himalayas, and to give Himalayan children the tools to build a better future, so they can help their own people when they grow up. A portion of your membership at Open Door Yoga goes to supporting this worthy cause. himalayanchildren.org
For more information Canadian foundation Vajra Vidya Foundation Canada

From Shirley Blair, Director of SMD Boarding School, Kathmandu:


This winter, our founder Ven. Thrangu Rinpoche celebrated his 80th birthday. Years ago, he asked that we educate Himalayan children to be teachers and health workers so they could return to the mountains to help their own people preserve their language, culture and Buddhist way of life. With your help, SMD graduates are taking up the challenge.

3 SMDers are teaching in the mountains & next year, we hope to double that number and we will send two health workers. At the main school, 45% of our teachers are our own graduates. They may not have post graduate degrees, but they share the language and culture and cultivate a ‘good heart’ as the Buddha taught. All this is possible because of people like you who help in so many ways.

At the main school, the year is 2/3 finished and the children are writing Second Term exams. It’s getting cold, it’s very dry and there’s not much electricity. Everyone is looking forward to the Winter Holiday – it’s too cold and dark to be in classrooms all day.

For those of you who are sponsoring, if you haven’t already sent funds this year, we would like to receive them by December 31st, if possible.

The gift of education is changing lives in the Himalayas. We couldn’t do it without your hel
On behalf of Thrangu Rinpoche and all the children in his care, we wish you a happy, healthy and prosperous new year.

Ms. Shirley Blair, Director

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“Protect the earth. Live simply. Act with compassion. Our future depends on it.” HH the 17th Karmapa

If you would like to know more about volunteering in Nepal at the school contact Georgina at georginavarveris@gmail.com.

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This project was created to bring awareness to my community for the incredible need of warm dry socks for the underprivileged in the DOWNTOWN EAST SIDE COMMUNITY.

As a Vancouver Courier I have had loads of opportunities to observe and also befriend a few of the these unfortunate lost souls. When I question them what their immediate needs  are and how can I help them ( other than with the obvious-such as food and shelter ) The reply is always: ” DRY SOCKS “.  After speaking with various Centers Coordinators, the response is, > that there are never enough socks to go around. Considering our climate, each person would require about 5 pairs of  socks daily to actually keep warm and protected. Unbeknown to me , Dreamcatchers and Coastal Health also organizes a  drive with the Vancouver Firemen, again, never enough socks to last > all year.

With your help , I would like to continue this project. So bring some socks in the month of Feb to any of the OpenDoor studios and drop them off in the bin

Monica Czerveniak

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