While JTS began its programs abroad in India and North Korea, the JTS headquarter soon began running programs in South Korea to complement its overseas projects as well as running domestic independent programs.
In 2000, after witnessing the starving children of North Korea and the destitute living conditions of India, a volunteer went out to the streets to collect donations to help the needy children. Inspired by her story, the street campaigns have been on-going since then, leading to countless others to join. Now the street campaign has established itself as a program on its own, with events such as Children’s Day fundraising and 100 Day Fundraising Relay. Beyond ‘volunteering to help others,’ it has become a practice to ‘observe one’s own state of mind’ and even now, the street campaign will be going on somewhere in Korea. The donation collected is sent help the children of developing countries through JTS.
Our bimonthly bazaar the ‘Sujata Market’ aims to help the students of Dongheswari in India by selling donated second-hand clothing, household items, items from India and chai (Indian milk tea). and runs ‘Sari-Wearing Event.’ All items are donated and the profit is used for the students of Sujata Academy in its entirety.
JTS is able to operate through a collective network of volunteers nationwide. In addition to the full time staff (who are also volunteers) part-time and weekend volunteers manage various aspects of the operation from street campaigns, visiting home of the elders who are living alone, publishing bi-montly news magazine and from time to time, loading containers with relief items, as shown on the right.
Welfare Program for the Elders
As opposed to the cities where many welfare facilities and activities are available, the elders in rural areas, even if they have houses and children, are lonely and require assistance. Instead of building a large facility to accommodate the elders our volunteers make house visits to the homes of the elders to have a chat, clean? and help around the house. Started in 2003, this program is currently in progress in Dubook Jungto Village.
Every January, JTS hosts a tour of the eight Buddhist pilgrimage sites (India and Nepal) and its field office in Dongheswari, re-tracing the paths of the historical Buddha.