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Wishing a Happy Losar to All!

Save the Date!                       Save the Date!                      Save the Date! On Saturday, May 5, 2018 Education @ Elevation (E@E) will offer a day of learning, yoga and meditation open to all at Brightwater Center, Woodinville, WA! This event was a great success last year, and some favorites will be returning to offer classes, meditation, and yoga. Delicious food, music and art will keep you entertained! The Tibetan Culture and Language Class students will return for a lively and colorful lunchtime presentation of traditional Tibetan dance. Dawn Little Torres will offer her marvelously rejuvenating Sound Bath. We are also extraordinarily lucky to have Sonam Rinpoche attend as part of his 2018 visit to the United States. He visits the school at least annually and can provide the most current updates. We’ll update this website as presenters and other offerings are confirmed and will soon post ticket information as well. As you may know, E @ E has very low overhead (no paid staff), so proceeds from this event will go directly to support education of students and provide housing for elders from remote villages in the Kham region of Tibet. The month of May is filled with flowers here in the Pacific Northwest, which reminds me of the high meadows of Kham where herds of yak graze on endless grasslands dotted with a myriad of rare and exquisite wildflowers. Beautiful in the summer, the area at 14,000 feet elevation is cold, windy, and frozen in winter. In addition to ongoing...
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Happy Holidays to you From Education At Elevation (E@E)

Happy Holidays to you From Education At Elevation (E@E) No matter what our faith or beliefs the holiday season brings us together with family and friends to celebrate all the things we are thankful for and to share love. Compassion for others is something Education At Elevation believes strongly in and we appreciate each of you that has helped us provide for those in need. Currently we are building a new school for the children that we have supported over the past 10 years in Eastern Tibet and are remodeling the existing structure to house the elderly that live in the area. The environment is harsh and as the nomadic lifestyle of the people is being lost to modernization the elderly have become vulnerable. The housing will provide a safe and warm place for the elderly to live. In a fast-changing traditional society it is the young and elderly that can face the most severe challenges. We are working hard to provide a place where the young can receive an education to provide them the skills to support themselves in the future and the elderly a safe place to live where they can continue to be a wise and integral part of the community. Education At Elevation wishes you and your family a happy and healthy holiday and New Year.

Seattle’s Education at Elevation celebrates first 56 Tibetan graduates from school

Seattle’s Education at Elevation Celebrates First 56 Tibetan Graduates from School Author Michele Thomson, published on November 2013 The trip to an Oct. 18 graduation party took Wendy Wong, founder of Education at Elevation, 18 hours by plane and three days by car. For the last five hours she was driven over rugged terrain, and on treacherous mountain roads. This trip was an extra-special one, and worth the long journey. Wong went there to visit the first class to graduate from the Nga Gyur Shed Dup Choe Ling School, in the western region of Sichuan, China. Fifty six students, ages 12-25, graduated on that day. “It was a relief to finally arrive at the school safely and to see the smiling faces of the students, “said Wong, who departed for her journey on Oct. 9, and didn’t return until Oct. 23. Graduation day was a very proud day for the students, teachers, and villagers. When the students first came to the school when it opened five years ago, they were illiterate. Now, they can read and write Tibetan and Mandarin, and are proficient in basic mathematics. The students, grateful for their education, thanked the donors. Penjok, a 24-year-old student, said, “Thank you very much to those who helped us. I would not forget your kindness for the rest of my life.” Of the 56 graduates, most went on to continue their studies at monasteries, nine returned home to their families, five students left to work in a factory in Shenzhen, and...
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High Elevation Water Project
— completed July 2014

High Elevation Water Project – Nga Gyur Shed Dup Choe Ling School High in northwestern Sichuan, on the Tibetan plateau, in the region known as Kham, there is a residential school where students from nomadic yak herding communities come to learn. The school not only provides an education and nurturing home for the children, but also serves as a family foundation for children who have been orphaned or abandoned. The Problem Located at an elevation of 14,000 feet, the school experiences harsh conditions in the winter months. Winter temperatures can drop to -4 degrees F. The ground freezes to a depth of at least 3-4 feet. In summer, water is available when the pipes carrying spring water from the mountain to the village thaw. But in winter, the partly exposed pipes freeze. During the winter months all water must be hand carried from a smaller spring which flows year round, but is a half mile away. Carrying water to the school in subfreezing, uphill and often snowy conditions is strenuous and time consuming work, so in winter the water supply is very limited at the school.  Currently students are not practicing hand washing because of the limited water supply.  Respiratory illnesses, such as colds and flu, and gastrointestinal diseases are rampant.  Even when members of this nomadic community are sick, they don’t seek medical help. This is due to several factors, including a 5 hour drive on dangerous roads to the nearest clinic, expensive medical costs and communication/language problems between patients...
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HH Honors Seattle’s Wendy Wong as ‘Unsung Hero of Compassion’

Founder of Education at Elevation receives historic acknowledgment from His Holiness at ‘Unsung Heroes of Compassion’ event Author by Michele Thomson. March 2014 SEATTLE, WASH. His Holiness was an honored guest at a luncheon event at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in San Francisco, California, on Sunday, February 23, 2014, where he acknowledged and thanked 51 highly compassionate individuals who are the honorees of “Unsung Heroes of Compassion 2014.” Among the honorees was Wendy Wong, founder of Education at Elevation (E@E), a nonprofit located in Seattle, Washington. Hosted by Wisdom in Action (WIA), a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing awareness of the importance of compassion in action, “Unsung Heroes of Compassion 2014” is the fourth event of its kind since 2001. Wendy Wong was honored alongside 51 men and women from 18 countries whose ages range from 16 to 85, and who represent many ethnicities, cultures, faiths, and backgrounds. Each honoree was chosen as demonstrating the timeless and universal human goodness celebrated by every wise culture. As one of the honorees, Wong is the founder of Education at Elevation (E@E), a Seattle-based nonprofit organization that raises funds for a small school in a remote Tibetan village in western Sichuan, China (formerly Kham, Tibet). “These individuals have been selected as representatives of the tens of thousands of people worldwide who quietly serve the disenfranchised and work to improve our communities through their personal efforts,” comments Dick Grace, founder of Grace Family Vineyards and board chair of Wisdom in Action, the organization hosting the...
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