Jhamtse Canada is mandated to relieving poverty in developing nations, including India, through the provision of the basic necessities of life to impoverished children. Our current focus is on building and maintaining shelters for impoverished children at Jhamtse Gatsal Children's Community, who located in the Mon region of India, which, with 58 villages and approximately 135,000 inhabitants, remains one of the most underdeveloped regions in India and the world. The Mon people are dependent solely on agriculture; however, there is insufficient arable land in this mountainous region so they have to struggle to support themselves from their crops each year. The public school and health care systems in the Mon region are underfunded and often distant from inhabitants. As a result, the challenges of people in the Mon region include: a 50% illiteracy rate, pressures on the Mon people's traditional culture, poor access to medical facilities due to the remoteness of the region and having children as young as six years old work to support themselves and their families.
The overarching mission of Jhamtse Gatsal Children's Community is to be a model school and community for impoverished children and to show the power of the concepts of love, compassion and wisdom to bring about opportunity and change for those children. They take the most at-risk children from surrounding villages – orphans, abandoned children and children with parents too poor to support them. The majority of the children taken in by the Community would likely die if they were not accepted into Jhmatse Gatsal. They provide a home, family, nutritious food, love, health care and the best possible education for these children, all within the context of their community and culture. Children and staff are part of a loving and caring community and are educated to become positive and productive agents of change. The Community currently has 86 impoverished children from ages 4 to 18 with the majority of the children in grades 7, 8 and 9.