Since the Sacred Land Eco information centre opened, it has given a considerable donation every year to help with the food costs of the monks. As a direct result of this, the monastery decided it could give food to all the monks everyday through the communal kitchen. This contributes a major reduction in wood use by the monastery as it is more economical to cook as a group rather than on individual fires. Also the provision of new kitchen facilities with a back boiler makes for more efficient cooking and saves the valuable fire wood around the area.
The provision of a Porters’ lodge with a canteen for the porters has also helped reduce firewood consumption as it has reduced the need for the porters to cook for themselves in the forest. Providing a lodge also eliminates the need for the porters to keep a fire burning all night to keep warm, as previously they had to do when there was no shelter and they slept in the open.
However, there is still a great need for donations to help with food. Some communities, like the nuns in Thupten Choling or Devouche remain desperately poor and are in urgent need of basic food and better nutrients. If Sacred Land can increase the funds available for distribution, it would be very good to support them.