The CGEIN Initiative will support Buddhist novices and community lay youth in pursuing both secular scholastic and dharma study so that sufficient numbers choose to grow in monastic positions that sustain the community gönpas, and dharma in the Nepali communities they serve. The initiative will also support novices who choose to leave the community gönpas so that they may continue as lay Buddhist practitioners with sufficient knowledge, wisdom, and skill (both scholastic and dharma) to break the cycle of poverty they are born into, and to thrive in and contribute to their communities, their gönpas, and the dharma.