The 72-year-old Keepu Lepcha runs a home, the Lepcha cottage set up in 1988, in Gangtok which is perhaps the last stand of the Lepcha community.
She is a retired teacher, social activist and a recipient of India‘s fourth highest civilian awared “Padma Shri” along with numerous awards for her contributions to humanity. She was already taking care of 20 children in her home using her own resources before being contacted by “Children of Sikkim Foundation” (COSF), an NGO started by few tourists from Switzerland who visited her cottage during their trip to Gangtok.She recognized the struggle of Lepcha society to deal with poverty and its resultant problems.
She is striving to improve the quality of life and wellbeing of orphans staying in her Lepcha Cottage by ensuring that they get good education. Funds contributed to keep her dream alive and towards a better life for our children comes from Keepu’s pension and donations received via Human Development Foundation of Sikkim (HDFS), one of Sikkim’s best and biggest non-government organizations.
“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
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