Principles and Priorities


Our Foundation helps disadvantaged groups within the principles of independence, non-discrimination, altruism, legality, ethics and austerity.

Amongst the Foundation’s main objectives is helping disadvantaged groups at a national and international level, taking into account the capacities and resources available and prioritizing areas where this help would be most effective.

 In its social and development aid, the Foundation follows the following principles:

  • Acts independently, as it is not linked to any institution.  It does not seek to proselytize or find “adherents” or convert anyone.  It follows the Buddhist philosophy, in line with universal humanist values.
  • Follows the principle of general benefit, without discrimination, not taking into account culture, race, beliefs … Its actions are impartial, neutral, non-denominational and apolitical.
  • Adopts the commitment of altruism, legality, transparency and responsibility with accountability to society, as specified in the Foundation’s Code of Ethics.
  • Manages projects with austerity and ethics: it applies all funds received for a project to its beneficiaries.


The Foundation’s first development aid projects are being carried out in the northeastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh due to its precarious situation and low schooling, with minorities and refugees, and because the Foundation has the means and knowledge to start in the area.

The Foundation has started its activities in development aid projects in disadvantaged populations in villages near its center of Geyje Norling, near the city of Tawang, located in the State of Arunachal Pradesh in India. This state is located in the northeast of India in the eastern foothills of the Himalayas, which for centuries belonged to Tibet. At the beginning of the last century, during the British colonial era, it became a border area and at later date part of India.


 1. In Arunachal Pradesh the Foundation has staff, knowledge and experience to help

Arunachal Pradesh State at the foothill of Himalayas
Arunachal Pradesh State at the foothill of Himalayas

Our center in India is a monastery built centuries ago and recently renovated. It has been carrying out relevant charitable work with the people of the area. For this work the State of Arunachal Pradesh has officially appointed it as a Welfare Society. The help given to nearby towns covers different areas: health care, education and material help with food and basic needs (glasses, walking sticks …). The monks in our center offer dedication and commitment, and provide greater security to the application of funds.

This area was considered the most appropriate to begin our work due to the fact that the Monastery has carried out charitable activities here for decades and that the monks are from the area and know the needs of the population.


 2. In the state of Arunachal Pradesh, there is a high rate of poverty and illiteracy and a low level of schooling amongst the population of the villages

 This state is one of the poorest in India, with a very high illiteracy rate. Therefore any action there has a big impact.

Most of the population works in subsistence farming , especially of a migratory or itinerant nature.  The terrain is very mountainous, at the foothills of the Himalayas, and the configuration of the population is of a high number of tribes and villages.  Added to this is the relatively recent arrival of new populations from nearby problematic areas, such as the Chakma, originally from nearby Bangladesh, from where they were forced to emigrate due to the construction of a dam and due to different political conflicts that affected them.  The average income of a Chakma family is around € 30 in a month, well below the poverty line

 In a some parts of the area there is no electricity, proper roads or running water.  Having to get water from wells and rivers, they frequently suffer from diseases.  Hospitals are few, far and difficult for village people to access. The schools are usually located in cities far from the towns and are often inaccessible to the populations of the villages. Regarding religions, the inhabitants practice Hinduism, Christianity, Buddhism, Islam, animism …

 3. We believe that schooling is one of the most effective ways to help the development of the area.  In particular, building and maintaining hostels where boys and girls from the villages can stay, receive adequate care and attend school

UNESCO. NO TEACHER, NO CLASS. State of the Education Report for India 2021

 Education is critical to the development of individuals and societies.  In underdeveloped countries, any educational action increases local development and reduces the global problem of uncontrolled and unbalanced growth. It also reduces poverty and malnutrition, increases health and decreases the need to migrate or to become a refugee.  This helps sustainability and global stability.

In addition, when girls are incorporated into schools, the problems of early and non-consensual marriages and the high number of children who cannot be supported are reduced.

In the cities of Arunachal Pradesh there is a certain base of schools and colleges for primary education and to a lesser extent for secondary education. Just over half are state-owned and the rest are private.

The low school enrollment is mainly due to the following reasons:

  • High dispersion and remoteness of the villages
  • High rates of illiteracy and low cultural levels amongst parents
  • Lack of roads and paths impeding daily travel to the centers
  • Poverty and the lack of means to pay for the cost of basic education
  • Lack of personnel for student follow up and tutoring
  • Low motivation to continue into further education

4. We have the organization that guarantees the effectiveness of our action

  • Personnel available in situ for the management and execution of the projects: they are monks who are knowledgeable about the place, they have no family obligations, they are motivated and available to help, and they are trustworthy due to their status as monks with vows of austerity. They maintain close communication with the monks who manage the Foundation in Spain.  They also have qualified support people in the area.

  • Global management of projects from the Foundation (this will be audited and accredited from its first year of operation)

  • In-depth knowledge of the area of ​​action by the trustees / directors of the Foundation

  • Punctual support for verification and help from the Center of the Foundation in Madrid

  • Global economic aid (people and companies from different countries) channeled through the Foundation


 5. Donations are applied in their entirety to the beneficiaries

 All donations for a project are applied in full to their destination.  The personal and living expenses of the  directors of the Foundation, the management and maintenance expenses of the two centers, travel and stays are covered by the contributions of people for the teachings and practices they receive , and not by project donations.  The facilities in the Madrid center are owned by the Foundation, as they form part of the founding capital, which means that operating costs are low.  The Geyje Norling center in India belongs to the monks.

Projects covered by crowdfunding are not covered by any other donation source. The traceability of the origin and application of funds in each project is recorded.


 The focus is on the schooling of girls and boys from families in precarious situations in the area of ​​villages and refugees within the mountainous state of Arunachal Pradesh.  The Foundation has chosen this area of ​​India for its initial projects for the following reasons:

  •  High impact for being one of the poorest and most depressed areas of India, far from the traditional focus of attention.
  • Existence of some population of extreme poverty and minimal living conditions, such as the villages of the different tribes and the new Chakma settlers, with refugee status, settled for a few generations, but not fully recognized or accepted, in an area that is itself very poor .
  • Proven contribution of schooling projects to local development and the reduction of hardship and suffering.
  • Availability of trusted people on site for project execution: Geyje Norling monks.  These people know the area and its customs and their occupation as monks guarantees their dedication and commitment and gives security to the application of funds.
  • Knowledge of the area, its population and its customs by the director monks of the Foundation.
  • Direct application of all donations to projects.

Focus of our Help

Our initial projects target populations in need close to our centers in India to

  • Provide access to education to marginalized girls and boys through hostel projects and tutoring.
  • Reduce hardship in marginalized groups, through assistance actions.

We each have a responsibility to think about humanity and the good of the world because it affects our own future. We weren’t born on this planet at this time to create problems but to bring about some benefit.

– HH the XIV Dalai Lama.