Progress and milestones

  13310557_1060427510718528_5774406953542669969_n Progress so far:

  • Construction of the first building is now complete, with the first 8 girls moving into their dormitories in 2016 and 7 starting in summer 2017.
  • Construction of the first building was started in September 2014 using local materials and craftsmen.
  • Renowed Swedish architect Anders Nyquist designed the nunnery/school.
  • The project obtained official State Charity status in 2011.
  • Planning permission and necessary permits for the nunnery/school received from Lumla Local Authorities.
  • The plot of land was donated by a local villager and ownership transferred to the nunnery/school.

12376428_961442953950318_3942298235940569134_n 13238982_1060427594051853_4131507226946179056_n               Milestones:

  • November 2014

During November, Trinlay, a Tibetan monk, who is the assistant from Geshe Pema Dorjee in Kathmandu, visited Lumla together with Tjangsjup, Geshe Pema Dorjee’s nephew. They assessed work done, addressed some of the issues and took numerous photos of the construction work.




  • 9 September 2014

Preparation of the plot and construction started.

  •  August 2014

The end of August, the Lumla Committee entered into a contract with the Bhutanese construction team for the first 3 story building to be used as a dormitory, with a view to completing the project within a year.

  • July 2014

The Lumla Committee met with an experienced Bhutanese construction team (Bhutan is literally right next to Lumla).

  • July 2014

7 young girls, aged between 7 and 8 years old, were admitted to the Tsongkhapa English School, a private school run by a Tibetan Monk in Lumla. All 7 girls started school at the beginning of September and will continue their education here until the project is complete. The Tara Bodong Foundation started a programme for the sponsorship of the girls.


  • April 2014

As the school project encountered delays, Pema Dorjee and the Lumla Committee, at the request of the Tara Bodong Foundation, decided to arrange for a preliminary school and boarding solution for a small group of girls.

  • April 2014

Geshe Pema Dorjee, Siri Weirum, and Swedish architect Anders Nyquist visited Lumla to assess the two plots of land and decide how to proceed. On the recommendation of Anders Nyquist, it was agreed that it would be possible to build a school on the original plot of land. Anders Nyquist took measurements, made some initial drawings and had several meetings with the Lumla Committee, local work men and a local civil engineer.

  • July 2013 

Sonam Gyatso, the structural engineer who visited Lumla a few months before, completed his report. He concluded that the original planned structure could not be built on the plot of land because it was so steep (a slope of close to 45%). The Lumla Committee considered using another plot of land that was also available on the other side of Lumla.

  • April 2013

Renowned Swedish architect Anders Nyquist, with extensive experience in the neighbouring country Bhutan, donated his services to draw up new architectural plans. Anders Nyquist designs eco-friendly buildings, using local materials and local building techniques. Some initial drawings were made based on the information then available.

Floor plan and Front View

  • April 2013

Geshe Pema Dorjee, Siri Weirum, two members of the Tara Bodong Foundation – Cecilie Stuyvenberg and Eva Persson – and structural engineer Sonam Gyatso visited Lumla to measure and assess the work done.

  • October 2012

Ground preparation work was started with the help of local volunteers, however, due to technical difficulties regarding the topography of the plot the Lumla committee decided to halt progress until the situation was reviewed by an architect/civil engineer. Unfortunately Lobsang Tharchin, the original architect/civil engineer, confirmed that he was unable to dedicate his time to the project due to his involvement in the construction of a monastery in the South of India.

  • 26 September 2012

The official symbolic ceremony of removing the first shovel of earth from the site of the nunnery/girl’s school took place in Lumla.  Buddhist monks were present to bless and pray for the success of the project. At the same time, prayer and blessing ceremonies took place at the Porong Gompa monastery in Kathmandu, Nepal and in the temple in Dharamsala, India.

One of the most respected men in Lumla, Lobsang Chopel, was asked to remove the first shovel of earth. He is the uncle of the young boy, Lobsang, who was successfully treated for a tuberculosis tumor in the head and is now a student at Pema la’s monastery in Kathmandu, Porong Gompa. His parents donated the plot of land where the nunnery/school will be built.

The local project committee in Lumla appointed Tubten Choedon to be the project leader given his ample construction experience. The committee retained overall responsibility for the project.  A local architect was available for advice.   In the Himalayas, there are limited opportunities for construction due to the high altitude and extreme weather conditions. Usually, construction will take place between September and the end of November and then again between March and the end of the May.

The money which was transferred from the Netherlands in the summer and the donation from H.H. the Dalai Lama, was spent on building temporary sheds for the workers and the construction equipment. In addition, a solid fence has been erected around the perimeter of the site.     The committee is responsible for keeping detailed accounts of all expenses and costs.

  • April 2011

Due to some planning complications, it became clear that the original plot of land (in the centre of Lumla, adjacent to the Temple) that was allocated to build the nunnery would no longer be available. However, a new plot of land was donated by Shri Maling Gombu and Shri Phurpa Tashi of Tabrang village (the parents of a boy suffering tuberculosis who was taken by Pema Dorjee to a hospital in Delhi for treatment and is now a student in the Pelmo Choeding Monastery in Nepal).


Subsequently, new architectural plans and budget were drawn up by Lobsang Tharchin (Civil Engineer) and Er. Lothar (B.Tech.Civil).         

  • 16 June 2011

Registration Lumla Bodong Tashi Choeling Charitable Organisation. Register of Societies – Govt. Of Arunachal Pradesh Registration under Section 3 of the Societies Registration Act, 1860. The original certificate was valid from 16 June 2011 to 15 June 2014 only, and then subject to renewal.

  • 15 November 2011

Formal transfer of land to Lumla Bodong Tashi Choeling Charitable Organisation

Demarcation of Land   The plot is bordered as follows:

  • To the north – Lumla to Pharmey BRO road
  • To the south – Lumla to Pharmey BRO road
  • To the east – land belonging to Sri Sangey Dorjee of Pharmey Village
  • To the west – land belonging to Smt. Maling Jangmu of Tabrang Village

  • 14 December 2011

Approval for Construction. Formal approval received for the construction of nunnery/school at Tabrang village on the plot measuring 1923.84 sqm donated by Sri Maling Gombu and Sri Phurpa Tashi of Tabrang village.

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