Dickey Orphanage


Tamdrin ‘Mama’ Dadhon sold her family business, gathered the proceeds of the teahouse and with 300,000 Yuan and a lot of courage started Dickey´s Orphanage in Lhasa, Tibet´s capital, on September 10th 2002. In Tibetan ‘diki’ means ‘fine’ and ‘happiness’. At the moment Dickey´s is home to 73 children. Most of them are between six and nine years of age. The youngest is ten months old. They all get lodging, tuition and medical aid. …

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Nigel’s third round for Tibet

October 22, 2012

Nigel Williams, factory worker and pub owner in a former life, now stand-up comedian, part time ambassador for the Biodroom project and full time fighter for justice, brought us stand-up comedy in the fall fundraiser for Dickey’s for the third time. The place to be was again the CoStA (Cultureel Ontmoetingscentrum Sint-Andries) at 24 Sint-Andriesplaats in Antwerp.

102 tickets were sold. The after party at café An Sibhin in the Nationalestraat drew a large crowd too. Overall, it was a succesful fundraising event. Thank you!

Artist Bram Vanesche donates to orphanage

September 6, 2011

Artist Bram Vanesche donatet 10% of his profits during his exhibition ‘Lieflijk cynisme’. The exhibion ran from september 10th until October 28th at the cultural centre Luchtbal, Colombiastraat 110, 2030 Antwerpen.
Vernissage was on Friday September 9th at 8pm.


August 26, 2011

Open Ateliers  is an art project in the city of Antwerp. During Open Ateliers artists have an open house, showing their studios and work to visitors.

During Open Ateliers 2011 nine art studios donated 10% of their profits to Dickey Orphanage through the art4life project.

Noor Springael en Liesbet Wante—glass art

Klapdorp 95, 2000 Antwerpen

Veronika Langerova - photography

De Marbaixstraat 31, 2060 Antwerpen

La Piscine d’Activité—visual arts

Lange Brilstraat 4, 2000 Antwerpen

Kristine Van Roosbroeck—paintings and stained glass

Keizerstraat 26, 2000 Antwerpen

Herman Todts– paintings on canvas

Pater Damiaanstraat 70, 2610 Wilrijk


Eliane Scheepers– oil and acrylic paintings

Bolivarplaats 76, 2000 Antwerpen

Freddy Gommers– installation

Noorderlaan 28, 2000 Antwerpen

Bertsarah– pen drawings on acrylic paper

Lange Leemstraat 437,2018 Antwerpen

Willy Bolssens– paintings, drawings with mixed techniques

Bisschopstraat, 37 – 2060 Antwerpen


Soup contest

August 21, 2011

On August 20th 2011 the City of Antwerp organised the ‘Bollekesfeest’. Part of this culinary event was the ‘Soup of the City’, a soup contest for local organisations. Nine teams contested for the title Soup of the City. The goal was to decorate a stall, prepare 50 litres of fresh soup, promote your organisation, hand out the soup and clean up. All this in two hours time! With a team of volunteers we prepared a delicious banana soup with chicken broth, tomatoes, bananas and curry. We seemed to be running out of time, but in 10 minutes all 50 litres of soup were distributed! We took this opportunity to promote the next stand-up comedy fundraiser with Nigel Williams. Some 250 flyers landed in eager hands. Quite some people wanted to know more about Dickey Orphanage. We did not win a prize, but we received an honourable mention. Thanks to our thrifty shopping, we managed to drop quite a few coins into Dickey’s piggy bank. Thank you very much to all the volunteers who helped to make it a great day and a lovely soup. Special thanks goes to the young princess of the kitchen who appeared out of nowhere to help us out. Thanks also to Benjamin who took the pictures. We had no time for that in the banana madness…

Nigel Williams’s stand-up comedy on November 27th

May 5, 2011

The Antwerp-based comedian Nigel Williams performed a stand-up comedy show on Sunday November 27th to help raise money for Dickey’s. The venue was COStA, Sint-Andriesplaats in Antwerp. We sold 60 tickets, postcards and calenders and raised about 1000 euro for the children.

Lies Lefever and Bas Birker for Dickey’s

October 29, 2010

On March 5th 2011, Belgian comedian Lies Lefever and Dutch comedian Bas Birker performed a stand-up comedy show to raise money for Dickey’s. The event took place at the Antwerp cultural centre CoStA at 8.30pm.

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Trip to Shanghai World Expo

September 28, 2010

On September 1st, Amala and twenty-five children left for Shanghai. A monastery in Shanghai sponsored the five-day trip to the Shanghai World Expo. On returning to Dickey’s, everyone celebrated the childrens’ and the orphanage’s birthday on September 10th.

see more photos from this trip

Photo exhibition “Tsenkher”

September 11, 2010

From September 9th 2010 until January 1st 2011 the “Tsenkher” photo exhibition can be visited at Cafe Multatuli, LangeVlierstraat in Antwerp, Belgium.

Dickey’s Spreadshirt shop is open for business!

September 24, 2009

You can shop at the Spreadshirt shop of Dickey’s Orphanage. For every t-shirt that was created by Sarah, 5 euro will be transferred to a bank account for Dickey’s Orphanage. This money will be used to generate more funds for Dickey’s and help Amala Dadhon sustain the home. Thank you.

Dikey fundraising events in fall/winter 2009

September 24, 2009

During the fall and winter of 2009 several fundraising events took place in Antwerp, Belgium. In September, I took part in two flea markets selling old books and cd’s, clothes, tableware etc. that was donated by friends and family. One market was on the St. Andries square, the other on Antwerp’s left bank organised by a local radio station.

In November, Alex Agnew, performed his stand-up comedy at the coStA culture house in Antwerp, Belgium. The concert was sold out in no time. Some 130 people bought tickets and enjoyed an evening of great comedy.

In December, we celebrated the opening of the photo exhibition “Tsenkher” with cookies and bishop’s wine at Den Hopsack, Antwerp, Belgium. There was live music with jazzy Demi Sec

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