WELFARE DIVISION

Old People's Home, Chauntra Old People's Home, Herbertpur Old People's Home, Rabgyeling, Hunsur Jampaling Old People's Home, Dharamsala Youlo Kol Old People's Home, Kalimpong, West Bengal Old People's Home, Dhondenling, Kollegal Old People's Home, Lugsung Samdupling, Bylakuppe Old People's Home, Phendeling, Mainpat, Chattisgarh Old Peole's Home, Choephelling, Miao Old Peole's Home, Doeguling, Mundgod Old People's Home, Norgyeling, Bandhara, Maharashtra Old People's Home, Phuntsokling, Odisha Old People's Home, Dhargyeling, Tezu Tsering Old People's Home, Nepal

This division consist of the following sections:


  1. Poverty Alleviation section
  2. Old People's Home section
  3. Youth Empowerment Support (YES) section
  4. Women's Empowerment Desk (WED) section
  5. Catholic Relief Service section (CRS) (Closed)

  1. POVERTY ALLEVIATION

    Background:

    Despite great progress and development of the Tibetan refugees (regarded as one of the most successful stories of refugees throughout the world) owing to the well-established organisation and rehabilitation, poverty still lingers on. Prior to the first ever poverty survey in 1994, it is assumed that poverty is a generally prevalent phenomena in Tibetan community and addressed as such. The poverty review and survey undertaken in 2002, identified the poor into four categories and recommended suitable measures to each.

    The categories are:

    1. Poor aged and frail,
    2. Poverty owing to Children,
    3. Poverty owing to sickness and frailty
    4. Poverty owing to lack of capital.

    According to the latest review conducted on the 'Poverty Alleviation', the Kashag has issued guidelines to withdraw the last category i.e. Poverty owing to lack of capital with effect from 2nd April 2008.

    The criteria for poverty was mainly based on the 'less than a dollar per capita per day' standard, which identified about 2,100 individuals and is still increasing, under the poor aged and frail category which forms between the age group of 65 years and above (60 years in case of aged persons suffering from sickness under similar circumstance).

    Traditionally, emotionally, and rationally, it becomes a must that we look after the welfare of the aged, many of whom had to suffer the brutalities, and suffer trauma of exile in an alien world, devoid of skills and host country language. Many of them had actually sacrificed their near and dear ones and gambled their life to fight for Tibet in their prime without the benefit of security in life. It becomes our duty and pleasure to help them when in need of help.

    Objective: To support the poor and needy elders by providing monthly stipend and to look after the welfare of 15 Old Peoples Home under our care.

    Measures taken: Adopt a Granny or Grandad Program

    Central Tibetan Relief Committee, a relief wing under the Department of Home was formed to look after the welfare and socio-economic development of Tibetan refugees in exile then started a sponsorship program "Adopt a granny or granddad" in order to achieve a part of its objectives.

    Our welfare section undertakes this very program to help these elderly Tibetans who resisted the initial invasion of their homeland: these are the exiles that forged a life in a foreign land, preserving the Tibetan cultural heritage. As refugees, the exile Tibetans do not have access to conventional programs like pension funds or social security and their traditional support structure, the extended family, is often too stressed to help. This adoption program provides elderly poor and needy Tibetans with the means to live with dignity and respect.

    Under this Program, we are looking after the welfare of poor and needy Tibetan elders scattered over 53 different settlements in India, Nepal and Bhutan by providing monthly sponsorship money to meet their basic requirements. As far as possible, we find sponsors for each elder who adopt them either as their granny or grand dad.

    As far as possible, they are given stipends and encouraged to live with their families for they have a wealth of knowledge to be passed on to the younger generations. Many of them, who are single, are catered into Old Peoples Home (around 15 Old Peoples Home, scattered in India and Nepal, with direct CTRC control). We also look after these Old Peoples Home and help them in meeting their running expenses by again finding sponsor for the elders or seeking donations for the OPH.

    Our 'Adopt a Granny or Granddad' sponsorship program has proved very successful in helping thousands of elderly Tibetans to lead a decent life with dignity and respect at a stage when there is no source of income for them to carry on their livelihood due to lack of pension funds or social security. At present, there are around 2100 beneficiaries under this program excluding elders living at OPH and ex army personnel. This program would not have been successful without the philanthropic support of various donors and therefore, CTRC would very much like to convey our heartfelt thanks to all the kind donors for their generous support towards our community.

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    DESTITUTE ELDERS Rs. 800.00 pm for Family
    Rs. 1,000.00 for Singles
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    EX-ARMY
    Rs. 1,000.00 pm for family
    Rs. 1,200.00 pm for Singles
    MEDICAL CARE Elders in the 15 OPH under DoH are being provided with Medical Care
  2. OLD PEOPLE'S HOME

    Old People's Home (OPH)

    There are around 15 Old Peoples Home, scattered in India and Nepal, under direct CTRC control. We look after these Old Peoples Home and help them in meeting their running expenses by again finding sponsor for the elders or seeking donations for the OPH.

    The list of 15 OPH under direct CTRC / Department of Home's control are as under:

    • Jampaling Old Peoples Home - Dharamsala (H.P.)
    • Herbertpur Old Peoples Home - Herbertpur (U.K.)
    • Dhondenling Old Peoples Home - Kollegal (K.S.)
    • Phuntsokling Old Peoples Home - (Odisha)
    • Rabgayling Old Peoples Home - Hunsur (K.S.)
    • Norgyeling Old Peoples Home - Bandhara (Maharashtra)
    • Phendeling Old Peoples Home - Mainpat (Chattisgarh)
    • Lugsung Samdupling Old Peoples Home - Bylakuppe (K.S.)
    • Dhargyeling Old Peoples Home - Tezu (A.P.)
    • Choephelling Old Peoples Home, Miao (A.P.)
    • Doeguling Old Peoples Home, Mundgod (K.S.)
    • Bumla Tengang Old Peoples Home (A.P.)
    • Chauntara Old Peoples Home, Chauntra (H.P.)
    • Kalimpong Old Peoples Home - Kalimpong (W.B.)
    • Tsering Old Peoples Home - (Nepal)

    As of now, there are about Eight hundred and two old peoples in these OPH.

  3. YOUTH EMPOWERMENT SUPPORT (YES)

    Various skill trainings are provided to 100-110 unemployed and school drop-out youths every year in an average of 2 batches. The training opportunity is open to all the Tibetan Settlements in India. The duration of the training varies from minimum of 3 months to maximum of 12 months depending on the time and requirements of an individual course/skill. Announcement for new application is made through all the Tibetan settlements in India and all the application are required to be received through them only. We don't entertain any direct or individual...more »

  4. WOMEN'S EMPOWERMENT DESK

    This section was initiated by Department of Finance in 2006 under the 13th Kashag's Policy. Later on the Department of Finance handed over the project to Department of Home on 01-Apr-2014 and since then have been continued by Department of Home.

    Aims and Objectives:

    • To work for the upliftment of Tibetan Women's status in Tibetan Society.
    • To work towards increasing women's participation in the leadership both in quality & quantity.
    • To work towards bringing economic empowerment through facilitating economic opportunities.
    • To work towards making Sexual-Assault-Free Tibetan Society.
    • To work towards improvement of Educational as well Health quality of Tibetan lay women and nuns.
  5. CATHOLIC RELIEF SERVICE (CRS)(Closed)

    Catholic Relief Services was founded in 1943 by the Catholic Bishops of the United States of America to assist the poor and disadvantaged outside the country. It is administered by a Board of Bishops and lay people, and is staffed by men and women committed to the Catholic Church's apostolate of helping those in need. It maintains strict standards of efficiency and accountability. Donation of US people to poor and needy in cash are being used to purchase food commodities by USAID (United States Agency for International Development). The food commodities that we received are requisitioned by CRS.

    CRS came to India through Indo - US bilateral agreement in the year 1951 with opening of four zonal offices (Lucknow, Kolkata, Mumbai and Hyderabad). The regional office has been stationed at New Delhi. CRS works in partnership with other developmental organization which are referred to as Counterpart Organization (CPO). CPO in turn works with several other NGO's which are referred to as Operating Partners Organization (OPO). Before entering into partnership, all the parties need to reach an agreement. The agreement between CRS and CPO is called CRS-CPO agreement and the agreement between CPO and OPO is called CPO-OPO agreement.

    His Holiness the Dalai Lama's Central Tibetan Relief Committee (CTRC) is one of the CPO who has entered into an agreement with CRS and has about 50 OPO's presently operating under it. These OPO include schools, monasteries, nunneries, settlements, OPHs (old people's home) and others. The programs (Title - II) covered under the OPOs are Nursery and Creche (NC), School Feeding (SF), Residential Institution (RI / BP) and Individual Health Care (IHC). The total number of beneficiaries for all the above - mentioned programs for the fiscal year 2009 is 13,032.

    This program which helped Tibetans Refugees in time of difficulties finally came to CLOSE on 30th Sep, 2011.

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