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PLAY - What a beautiful sight
A story by Kyla (17), inspired by TERMA Hygiene
Exhibition in June 2003. Terma is an international NGO who works in
Lhasa on healthcare. The exhibition was organized to teach the public
the importance of hygiene in order to stop diseases from spreading. All
the staff and the blind children of the project visited the exhibition.
Kyla is a girl from a family of which the father as well as two
brothers (twins) are blind. Two other (sighted) children have died
about 5 years ago, last year the mother died as well. The two brothers,
Jampa and Dorjee have opened up their own teahouse, Kyla opened up her
own medical massage and physiotherapy clinic.
"It is not so long ago and it can
always happen again. In the middle of Tibet there are two beautiful
valleys with two beautiful villages. The valleys have many trees and
flowers and rivers with clear
water. one day a man of one village thinks about how to become very
He had an idea: He looked at the old and big trees and said: (oh, I can
cut the trees and I can sell the wood in Lhasa.) Then all the people of
village help him with cutting the trees and they are driving to Lhasa.
get a lot of money for the wood. The village becomes very rich. But
is no shadow anymore and the beautiful flowers die because the heat of
sun is now very strong. And now the village looks very ugly. When the
of the rich village go to Lhasa they buy a lot of things. They buy beer
cans, orange juice in plastic bottles, sweets for the children put in
bags and a lot of paper boxes with sweet cookies. They have many
and they throw the trash around the village.
One night the wind came, and in the morning some of the trash lies
in the river and makes the water very dirty. Then the flies come. They
like to sit on the dirty trash. And they bring bad diseases to the
The people all become very sick because they can not wash their hands
clean water and a lot of the children loose their teeth because they
too much sweets and don't brush their teeth. All the money they have
spent for the hospital. so they become very poor because they are not
healthy and they have no more wood to sell. There is no grass, no
shadow and no clean
water for the animals. The animals can only eat plastic but this is not
good for their milk.
The other village, which is not rich, is still very beautiful. The
people are healthy and the landscape is full of big trees. on the trees
grow sweet and juicy fruits that look like gold. Their Yaks and goats
stand in the cool shadow and they can eat the nice grass and drink the
water of the river.
One day a tourist visited both villages. He heard about the villages in
Lhasa. he heard that one village is very rich and one village is very
poor. He first visited the rich village. He was very surprised and
asked the businessman: "I heard that your village is very rich, but why
The businessman said: "we thought the trees we cut will grow again. But
our earth now became sand. There is no water in the ground and the
trees cannot grow again." Then the tourist visited the other village
and is again very surprised: "This is not a poor village!" said the
tourist. "the people and animals look very healthy!" The villager said:
"we don't have money
but we are very rich because we have beautiful landscape and we are
happy." The tourist thought that a lot of people should come and
see this beautiful sight. Therefore he builds a teahouse and a big
And then a lot of people come to enjoy the beautiful landscape of
the village. They buy their drinks in the teahouse and sit everywhere
parties and drinking beer in cans and orange juice in plastic
Here the text of the theatre play that has been developed from the
story by the children and staff: "What a beautiful sight!" (People from
the happy village come together to make their environment more
Kyla: People from the Happy-village! People from the
Happy-village! The sun has already risen over the hills, and you still
didn't come to plant the trees!
Digi: I am coming! Yudon! bungso! they want us to
Yudon: we are coming!
Jampa, Tenzin, Dawa Tashi, Dachung, let's go plant
All: Yes! Let's go to plant trees!
Young village people!
In order to have a good environment,
we do our best to plant new trees.
If there are more trees
it will be not so hot.
When the environment is good,
our health is good.
Trees prevent floods,
therefore every one has to take care of these trees
to have a new developed village.
Kyla: Hey friends! let's take a rest for a while!
All: alright! We are all tired, let's take a rest.
(All villagers sit down and drink and eat together)
(Businessman comes to Happy-village, acts loud and arrogant, speaks in
Bungso: Hey! Look there! what a handsome guy over
there! Maybe he is a businessman!
All: Where? Oh yes! That is really a handsome man!
Businessman: Hey guys! How are you all?
All: Welcome, sir!
Businessman: Everyone seems to have a great time!
All: We are tired of planting trees, so we are
Businessman: can I join you?
All: Of course, please take a seat.
Jampa: sir, what is your name, please?
Businessman: My name is gyandsan. I am a
Digi: Ohoh, we already heard that you are a quite
Businessman: Oh, really? -- What's the name of your
All: Our village's name is Happy-village.
Businessman: The name of this village and this surrounding really fits
All: Oh really?
Bungso: If you are a famous businessman, you
probably have been to different places.
Businessman: Oh, yes, yes of course. Yes to some
places in the mainland and also to foreign countries.
Tenzin: oh, then you must have lots of money!
Businessman: Oh, what to tell you. -- by the way --
I came here to see how rich you are.
Jampa: In our village we don't have any income.
Dachung: What kind of business do you have?
All: Oh, yes, tell us!
Businessman: Oh, ... You could also have income.
All: What income could we have?
Businessman: All those trees behind you are money.
All: What? these trees are money?
Businessman: Yes they are. if you sell all these
will become rich within one day.
All: Oh, how is this possible?! And how can we live
Businessman: Of course you can. In cities they don't
have many trees but they have tall buildings and every family has their
own car and their own bikes. Everyone has their own mobile phone, too.
If you sell these trees I can give you lots of money.
Kyla: that's right!
All: Yes, that's right! Shall we sell?
Kyla: Businessman, we want to sell these trees!
Digi: Yes of course! who does not want to become
rich? we will sell for sure!
Bungso: No, we don't sell! These green trees give us
and our animals fresh oxygen and also they prevent floods.
Yudon: Yes, yes! Our trees give us life. If you cut
these trees our environment will get spoiled!
Upper-village people: We want to sell!
Lower-village people: No, we don't!
Businessman: Hey fellows! Don't fight! You're real
farmers acting like that! those who want to sell come with me!
Upper-village people: Did you think it over? we will
Lower-village people: But anyway we don't want to
Upper-village people: Alright, then let's go!
Businessman: You can cut all those tall and thick
Upper-village people: For these trees we should get
(Businessman is making a phone call)
Businessman: Just now I am doing business. They are
discussing the price. If we have decided on everything I'll call you
back. Then you can send a truck. ok.? Bye, bye.
Digi: Businessman! We have decided on the price.
Businessman: How much is it?
Upper-village people: 1.000.000 RMB
Businessman: Oh, how expensive!
Upper-village people: Businessman, you must do, what
Businessman: o.k, o.k, Can you put these trees over
Upper-villagers: Businessman, we have moved the
Businessman: Now you can go.
Upper-villagers: We got 250.000 RMB for each
family. How lucky we are!
Bungso: Hey, what is there to be so happy about?
Money is just a ghost. Now you have got it, later you will loose it.
Yudon: Yes it is. But we have our own beautiful
Tenzin: Hey, now let's go and take a rest under our
Lower-village people: Yes, let's go to rest.
Digi: Now we have got money. We can buy what ever we
like. How about having a pick nick?
Upper-villagers: Great idea!
Jampa: Shall we go with a tuktuk?
Digi: Oh no! Now we've got money we'll go by taxi!
Tenzin: Hey, now let's go back home.
Bungso: Alright, let's go. we have to feed our
Yudon: Yes we have to go back home. my children are
Digi: Hey fellows! Now we've got money we can do
what ever we want.
Kyla: Oh, yes! We enjoyed ourselves a lot today!
Dawa Tashi: Did you pay for the taxi?
Jampa: Yes I paid.
Digi: How much did you pay?
Jampa: I paid 20 RMB
We drink chang and we got drunken,
in this sarisiri we live our lives.
Bungso: Hey friends, shall we go to see our trees?
Lower-villagers: Alright, let's go!
Bungso: Hey, look our trees have grown a lot in such
a short time!
Yudon: Yes, look we have got a result for our hard
Bungso: Hey, shall we water our trees?
Lower-villagers: Yes, let's water our trees!
Bungso: Shall we now take a rest?
(People from the upper village become very sick from all the parties.
One day they have to go to a hospital.)
Yudon: Hey, look! They eat and drink all kind of
things. And now look, they all become sick!
Lower-villagers: Well, that's their own fault.
Kyla: Doctor, one of our village-women is very sick.
She doesn't want to go to a hospital. But today I insisted and brought
her here. So, can you please check what's wrong with her?
Doctor: What problem do you have? let me feel your
pulse. Oh, you must have a very bad stomach ache. What did you eat
Digi: I didn't eat at home These days. I often ate
what ever I got outside in a restaurant.
Doctor: Oh, that's why. Now you shouldn't eat any
kind of spicy, sour or raw food. I will give you medicine for three
days. By the way, which village are you from?
Kyla: we are from the upper-Village.
Doctor: Oh, in these days there are lots of people
upper-Village. They all are somehow sick. You must be careful.
Digi: Yes, Doctor. All this money that I got for
selling trees, I spend it on medicine. But I am not getting better at
all. Now I think
I have to sell my animals, too. Oh, how can I survive?!
(Jampa brings Dawa Tashi to the hospital.)
Doctor: What problem do you have?
Dawa Tashi: I have strong pain in my stomach and in
Doctor: Do you drink any alcohol?
Dawa Tashi: Yes, I always drink beer.
Doctor: That's why you have problems with your
liver. Actually alcohol is most harmful for your liver. so, from today
on you should not drink any alcohol otherwise you will get yourself
into life danger! I will give you medicine for five days. You must come
back after you have finished your medicine.
Dawa Tashi: Oh no! This businessman cheated us! We
trees and bought these diseases! How can we survive?
Doctor: In these days, as people get richer they eat
and drink all different things. So they have all kinds of diseases.
Besides I heard that the upper village is quite dirty. there is lots of
trash everywhere. The flies love the trash and they bring even more
(the flies come to the village and sit on the trash.)
We are small flies.
We love places that are dirty.
People made such a nice environment for us.
This is our heaven.
We make people ill.
This is our duty, this is our duty.
(After a while a tourist comes to the Happy-village.)
Tourist: my name is Tashi Pasang. But people call me
the "travelling Tashi"! Today I came to start a business.
(He looks at the upper village, but is not impressed.)
Tourist: There is nothing special with this village.
The trees have been cut. And the lawns are dry. The Water is polluted.
(Then he goes to the lower village. The tourist thinks:)
Tourist: Oh, this village is really nice. If I start a pick nick place
here I'll make lots of money.
(He looks for the owner of this place.)
Tourist: wey, wey!
Tenzin: Wey, who are you looking for?
Tourist: I am looking for the owner of this place.
Tenzin: We are the owners of this place. Why are you
looking for us?
Tourist: I want to rent this place to start a pick
Tenzin: oh, Hey friends! Come quickly, somebody
wants to rent our place!
Dachung: oh, where is he? Why do you want to rent
Bungso: Won't our trees and lawns get spoiled?
Yudon: Yes! Our water will get polluted!
Tourist: Oh no, I will water these trees and I will
take good care of all this.
Yudon: wait, first we want to discuss.
Bungso: Will you cut our trees?
Yudon: Then our lawns will be burned.
Tenzin: It will be good if we rent our place. They
said, they will take care of our trees and lawns.
Dachung: Yes of course. We will make some income.
Lower-villagers: We have decided to rent out the
Tourist: How much will you charge for rent?
Lower-villagers: 10.000 RMB
Tourist: How expensive! I came here to rent the
place, not to buy it!
Lower-villagers: Then forget it. Let's go back.
Tourist: Hey! wait a moment!
Lower-villagers: What do you want now?
Tourist: First you help me to prepare this place.
After that I will pay you.
Lower-villagers: We have prepared the place.
Tourist: ok., here is the money.
Tourist: Actually I came to play a trick on these
farmers. But these villagers are trying to play a trick on me. Anyway,
If I have good business I will definitely become rich.
(Now to all:)
Tourist: Hey everybody! From tomorrow on I'll open
my pick nick-place.
(In the morning at ten o.clock.)
Tourist: Oh, now the guests are coming!
(Then he shakes hands with his guests and greets them.)
We are here together,
nala chungse yo
how good it would be to be together forever.
nala chungse yo
Those who gather together
nala chungse yo
may they never have healthproblems
nala chungse yo
(When the guests want to leave the place)
Bungso: wait a little! first let's pick up the trash!
Yudon: Leave it. the garbage looks like flowers on
the lawns. Let's go home.
Sonam Wangdu: Oh, the nice environment that we had
before, now its all dirty. Trees and lawns are dry, water is polluted.
There is a lot of trash in the water. There should be somebody
responsible for taking care of this nature.
(A monkey jumps on the stage.) Song:
I am a small monkey.
People are all interested in money.
They sold all the green trees. they sold all the green trees.
How can small monkeys like us live?
Oh, how said. Its really difficult to live on this earth.
(The fish come.)
Fish like us can't live in this place.
Water is dried up and the earth is dried.
how good it would be if people think about animals like us.
Rivers which were clean before are now polluted.
Fish like us can't live in this place.
All: Everyone listen to us! Please don't copy what
we did. We must prevent diseases for this and the next generation. We
must take care of our environment And this is the most important thing
we should have