Tibetan Refugee Self Help Centre

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Tibetan Refugee Self Help Centre

Tibetan Refugee Self Help Centre in Darjeeling, India is a rehabilitation centre for the Tibetan refugees in the Darjeeling Himalayan hill region. It was established on 2 October 1959, after they followed Dalai Lama and escaped from Tibet. [1] The production of Tibetan handicraft is the centre's main activity. [2]

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Location

It is located at hillside Lebong in Darjeeling District of West Bengal. The altitude is approximately 2,143 m (7,031 ft) above sea level. The temperature variation is from 17°-1.5 °C, along with an annual 3,200 mm (130 in) rainfall.

History

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The Hill Top Shop in Darjeeling, India.

Situated at Lebong and locally known as Hermitage, the Tibetan Refugee Self Help Centre (TRSHC) came into existence on 2 October 1959. In 1959, funds raised from local charity led to the starting of this centre by Zhu Dan (wife of Gyalo Thondup). The place initially provided emergency relief to Tibetan refugees who had come through a hazardous trek over the Himalayas into India. The Hill-side had a special significance for Tibetans, because the Thirteenth Dalai Lama had spent his exile in India from 1910 to 1912 following the Chinese invasion of Tibet at that time. [3]

"It was within this view that a ten member committee was formed in Darjeeling to organise a rehabilitation centre to be known at the TIBETAN REFUGEE SELF HELP CENTRE. The founding members of the committee were: Mrs. Gyalo Thondup, President, Mr. T. Lawang, Mr. G. Tesur, Mr. Tenzing Norgay, Mr, & Mrs. Joksari, Mr. T. Tethong, Monsignor Benjamin, Mr. Chumbay Tsering and Miss Tesur. Later we had the pleasure of welcoming the following new members into the committee: Mrs. Laden-la, Col. & Mrs. Thapa and Mr. Dilip Bose." [4]

The centre was registered as charitable organization under the act of Government of India. Starting off with just four workers, today the centre is the home for 130 Tibetan family. [5] The centre has been a part of multifarious activities which ranges from handicrafts, training of artisans, and craftsmen. These activities are primarily to the care of the sick, elders and needy destitute. [6] The Centre now comprises one créche, one nursery school along with a pre-primary school (up to +2 standard).

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References

  1. Darjeeling Tourism
  2. "Tibetan Refugee Self Help Center". 5 March 2012. Archived from the original on 5 March 2012. Retrieved 8 November 2017.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  3. "Organizing for Exile! 'Self-Help' among Tibetan Refugees in an Indian Town" by Sudeep Basu
  4. "Tibetan Refugee Self Help Center Darjeeling: June 2007". web.archive.org. Archived from the original on 31 August 2011. Retrieved 8 November 2017. It was within this view that a ten member committee was formed in Darjeeling to organise a rehabilitation centre to be known at the TIBETAN REFUGEE SELF HELP CENTRE. The founding members of the committee were: Mrs. Gyalo Thondup, President, Mr. T. Lawang, Mr. G. Tesur, Mr. Tenzing Norgay, Mr, & Mrs. Joksari, Mr. T. Tethong, Monsignor Benjamin, Mr. Chumbay Tsering and Miss Tesur. Later we had the pleasure of welcoming the following new members into the committee: Mrs. Laden-la, Col. & Mrs. Thapa and Mr. Dilip Bose.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  5. Tibetan Refugee self-help centre: Darjeeling : A Report
  6. A brief story on Tibetan Refugee Self-Help Handicraft Center, Darjeeling