Love for Lumbini 


Lumbini has served the Little Tokyo and Downtown Los Angeles community for over 40 years. They are centrally located in Little Tokyo inside Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple. Lumbini was the first Preschool/Daycare Center program in Little Tokyo. They have provided care for many of the families who worked/work or lived/live in the Little Tokyo/Downtown area.  They have weathered many ups and downs, but were still able to keep its doors open. COVID-19 hit, generating many new challenges and fears.


The school had to close its doors in March under the stay at home orders and reopened on July 6, adhering to all requirements of the CDC, Health Department and local community care licensing.

When the school reopened, only a fraction of the students returned to school. In July, Obon was canceled, and Lumbini was unable to hold their annual fundraiser, creating the need for the "LOVE FOR LUMBINI" campaign.

The goal of the campaign is to help Lumbini ride out this pandemic.  They were asked to create a Wish List that would help them with their day to day needs.  Below are items the school will need over the course of the year.

  • Lysol or Target brand aerosol sanitizing spray

  • Disinfectant wipes

  • New hard plastic toys-figures- building type of toys- age appropriate for pre-school.  (They have enough legos and food toys.)

  • Blunt tip scissors

  • Crayola brand: crayons--large and small size, colored pencils, markers--thick and thin

  • Sharpies--All colors--thick and thin

  • Individual bottles of school glue

  • Large erasers

  • Large individual pencil/utility boxes to larges enough to store school supplies--each student has to have their own set of supplies

  • Painters Tape--thick and thin to label everything

  • Ziploc or Slider gallon storage bags

  • Color Copy paper--any color welcome

  • White copy paper

  • Printer Ink--Brother LC 101 and LC 103

  • Canon--GPR 103



DONATIONS in any amount would be greatly appreciated.


and/or checks can be made out to Lumbini CDC and mailed to:

     Lumbini Child Development Center

     505 East 3rd Street

     Los Angeles, CA 90013

Thank you so much.  Your support in any form will be greatly appreciated by the students and staff of Lumbini CDC and will help to be able to continue serving the Little Tokyo and surrounding community.  

For more information regarding the "Love for Lumbini" Wish List and fundraising campaign, please contact

Elaine Barbod -  (Lumbini and Temple board member)

Carol Tanita -

Leslie Nicho -