The goal of locals to bring solar powered light to families living in a Tibetan settlement in central India was nearly realized at a fundraiser last Saturday at the Neighborhood Congregational Church.
“Sharing Light,” a benefit that featured a Tibetan flute player, homemade Indian food and an auction and raffle raised $7,000, two-thirds of the cost to bring power to the entire Nogyeling Tibetan Settlement in Bhandara, India.
Norgyeling is the home village of Tenpa Dorjee, owner of Laguna Beach’s Tibet Handicrafts shop. Next month, Dorjee and other local residents intend to hand-deliver solar powered lanterns to the village. Donations are still needed to ensure that each family receives the gift of light.
Checks can be made out to NCC with “Sharing Light Fundraiser” in the memo line at 340 St. Ann’s Dr., Laguna Beach, CA, 92651.
Photos by Tom Lamb