Standing on the top of the Gesar mountain one can see a little red spot, which is our school, Seng Girls Vocational Training School. People have said our school looks like a monastery, because in our Tibetan areas, most of the temples and monasteries are painted red. Our school’s buildings are all painted red in the middle of October this year, but they weren’t always red.
Only the classroom building is different. It was painted with a red and yellow. The upper half is yellow, and the lower half is red. This is the work of our older sisters of the Thangka class. They all wore “graffiti clothes”, which were very unique that day. Do you know how “graffiti clothes” are made? When painting the buildings some paint splatters on to the clothes, and in turn make unique “graffiti clothes”. It took them only two days to finish the whole classroom building. Now the school is like wearing a new dress, and it will always look red!
The school also put up curtains in the door ways and windows. This is to help insulate the buildings from the cold air. We don’t have to get up early to cut wood for the stoves anymore. Now we can have a warm and comfortable winter!
Our canteen has a new heater installed. Now we don’t have to keep our gloves on when we eat. Before, there was only a big stove in the canteen that didn’t heat the room very well, and our fingers felt like they were going to freeze off. Now, because of the heater, when we eat we are warm and happy. Sometimes on the weekends we will watch movies in the warm canteen.
Now, a lot of students like to go to the classroom to memorize their text early in the morning. Girls lean against the heater, and those not in the classroom can hear their clear voices drifting out every morning. All these nice things are because of our generous sponsors who are concerned with us and our wellbeing. By years of dedicated supporting, they make our life better and better. We are full of hope for the future!
My world is not limited to a small mountain village. I want to reach a distance I have never reached. I want to go to the top of the mountain to overlook the world and blow the night wind on the top of the mountain.
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