Jamyang Foundation is an innovative education project for Himalayan women. It aims to help women pursue learning that is harmonious with their personal interests and unique Buddhist cultural background. It is changing perceptions of women throughout the Himalayan region.
There are currently Six Jamyang Foundation study programs: 3 in Zanskar (Ladakh), and 2 in Spiti (Himachal Pradesh), and a new one in Kinnaur (Himachal Pradesh). The 115 students, aged 9 to 72, are women from remote Himalayan areas. They have had little, if any, schooling. The reasons are significant: girls are often kept home to work and education is often considered irrelevant for them. Moreover, the only schools in the region teach another culture in another language. The students are from Tibetan Buddhist cultural backgrounds; the government schools are in Hindi and Urdu.