New construction project in Kathmandu: the Akong Rinpoche Memorial Center

ROKPA has been running two social business projects in Kathmandu for many years: the Women’s Workshop with ten employees in the textile sector as well as the Guest House. The aim of these projects is to offer socially disadvantaged people an education and a job - long-term and self-sustaining.

Both projects are doing so well that, in 2012, ROKPA has decided to expand them. In the same year, thanks to generous donations, the land between the existing ROKPA Children's Home and the ROKPA Guest House could be purchased. In 2015 the building application was submitted. The devastating earthquakes from the end of April 2015 have interrupted and delayed the process. The excavation of the new building finally began on 4 January 2016.

ROKPA decided to name the new building after its co-founder, Dr. Akong Tulku Rinpoche, who died in 2013, and thus commemorate him with the greatest recognition of his long-standing and inspiring work for the world's poorest.

The following projects can be realized with the new building:

  • Enlargement of the existing Women's Workshop: training and employment of around 20 women from the lowest social classes, who can also pay their children's school attendance with their income.
  • Construction of a hotel training center with school kitchen: This is intended to give young people from the poorest families access to the local working world and thus an important perspective for their own future. Each year 15 - 20 young people get a chance to escape poverty.
  • Expansion of the Guest House: With 7 new rooms, we are increasing capacity by around 60%. The profit from the Guest House flows completely into the financing of other ROKPA projects in Nepal, in particular the Children's Home.

If everything goes according to plan and the still missing resources for the completion of the construction can be raised, ROKPA wants to inaugurate the new building in early 2018.