In Southern India, near Bangalore, by the will of the Dalai Lama, a large university complex that will accommodate both university teachers and Tibetan students was established.
One of the reasons why this project was born is the fact that the younger generations of Tibetans no longer learn and adopt the Tibetan culture as far as behaviour and ideology are concerned. The exposure to other cultures influences them a lot.
The Tibetan students need continuity in the acquisition of the Tibetan language and culture as well as in the study of their chosen specialisation subjects in this critical period of growth. Furthermore, the aim of their education is becoming authentic Tibetans who can easily adapt to all kind of places. This conviction is based on an assessment of students in different Indian colleges. Thus, the college is a real necessity for young Tibetans! There is a strong need for the college.
Thanks to associations and foundation like ours, the Tibetan Children’s Village (TCV) has bought 37 hectares of ground near Bangalore, the Indian Silicon Valley. The university complex is situated at 7km from Bangalore University and at 27km from Bangalore City. The college will accommodate between 500 and 3,000 Tibetan students; the exact number of students depends on the money from fundraising. The students at the college in Bangalore all come from India and are refugees from Tibet.
Initially, we wanted to invest the money collected during the charity evening on 17 July 2009 in the construction of two classrooms inside the college. A few months later, however, a donator decided to put a considerable sum at the disposal of our project and we therefore took the decision to invest the money in the construction of one of the girls’ residences inside the college.
Fortunately, the interest of donators has been increasing even more afterwards, as well and we thus got the possibility to change our initial project, deciding to donate all the money from the first charity evening in 2009 for the building of one entire floor at the Girls’ Hostel B-Block, accommodating Tibetan girls.
The whole building extends on 725 m². It consists of a ground floor, a first floor, a second floor and a third floor and can accommodate 216 students. The storey that we finance has got 18 three-bedded rooms with a total of 54 beds including bathrooms and toilets. The Costa Family Foundation has committed herself to collect € 123,500.00 (7,724,970 rupees) within 30 December 2012.
Attualmente il college è attivo ed il progetto è stato concluso con successo con il pagamento dell’ultima parte di 43.500 il 7/10/2011.
At the moment the college is active and the project has been concluded successfully with the payment of the last part of 43.500 Euros on October 7th, 2011.
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Francesco De Pasquale
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Born in Munich, for many years Brigitte has been chef-reporter for the travel magazine “abenteuer und reisen”. During a work trip to Alaska, she got to know his husband Chris, who “at the end of the world” has created the biggest ski-resort. Now she works as a free journalist between these two worlds.
Manuel takes care of the dialogue with the Tibetan Children’s Village. He follows our Tibetan projects. During his trips to India, he has got to know the children of the Tibetan peoples in exile developing a strong and honest relationship to them. When not on the road, he is the creative director of our meetings.
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Elide is responsible for the Costa Family Foundation o.n.l.u.s. since 2011. She is silent, her eyes are sprightly, her attitude sweet. But don’t get fooled: she is very determined and admonishes us when the work is not properly done. Elide doesn’t like to appear, but as nobody else she manages to move the public.
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Lobsang Tsomo is project manager at the Tibetan Children’s Village in India. She is Tibetan, escaped from his oppressed homeland looking for freedom of expression and life. Thanks to her, the distance between here and the Tibetan people exiled in India, is less huge and richer on possibilities.
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Merch follows the practical and less practical aspects, like bureaucracy, organization, fund raising. He is a tireless resource of ideas and like magic, from small thoughts, he gives birth to great projects. From his trips to India and Uganda, he has come back richer. Richer on thoughts.
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Francesco Ricci is from Modena, since years he is active in company and social communication. To the foundation he offers his time and his words, rich on honesty and joy for life.
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Davide is project coordinator of ISP… in Africa. In Uganda since always, he has lived the tragic years of guerrilla, revolutions, Kalashnikov and hunger side by side with the locals. His efficiency is reassuring. He lives in Kampala with Giulia, his wife and little Leonardo, the second one is on his way.
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In 2011 sister Patrizia has got here by chance, she was sent by the Providence to enrich our souls with tales of life. Together with Maristella, in Togo since thirty years already, she follows the school project there. When she happens to be in Italy though, she always finds the time to pop by to say hello.
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Michil, thanks to him, the foundation project has been born. In 2007, together with his family, he brought the foundation to life and made its work possible. His commitment is great, he has got to know the Tibetan people, he has approached its thoughts. Michil’s contribution is of unexhausted creativity.
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Alessandro is project coordinator for ISP… in Africa for Karamoja. He follows the projects directly, and makes them blossom. But his main strength, is listening to the local community, translate their needs and make possibilities out of them. He lives in Moroto with his karimojong wife Florence and the two children.
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Lisa follows our donators with attention. She screens all the donations with precision, before they arrive entire and untouched to the ones in need. In 2012 Lisa, together with Stefan and Paolo, has been to Togo visiting sister Patrizia and Maristella. There she has lived the sustained children’s smile.
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Andy is an adventurer. Six months spent in India alone, several trips in far lands have formed him. He likes jokes and has always one ready for you. At the back-office of the Hotel La Perla Andy and Fabian are the perfect duo. At the end of October 2016, he has been to Uganda for the inspection of the projects. His critical spirit and enthusiasm, have brought home the will to improve and help even further.
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Ludwig is the foundation’s auditor. Our actions pass through his attentive control. He follows us with enthusiasm and commitment not only for the accounting aspects. He concretizes our ideas, our projects, our activity in numbers.
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