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(The name of Nyingtop Ling is given by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and means Realm of Courage)Tibetan handicapped Children's Craft Home
Nyingtobling external view
Tibetan society being a family-oriented one, the concepts of old
people's home and home for handicapped are relatively unknown where every
family is expected to take care of its disabled members, respect for elders
and concern for handicapped form and inherent part of the Tibetan
Invaded by China's People's Liberation Army in 1949-50, Tibet lost 1,2
million of its people, i.e. 20% of its total population, in the years of
brutal political persecutions that followed. The events of 1959 forced His
Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama to flee into exile. Around 80 000 of his
people followed him over the icy Himalayan passes and into the Indian
plain. Subsequently a temporary exile Tibetan government was set up in the
northern Indian town of Dharamsala with His Holiness the Dalai Lama as its
head. Unending streams of refugees continue to arrive from Tibet even to
In the past, the Tibetan families had been able to support themselveand
their less productive members by drawing income from their livestock,
agricultural produce or business ventures. Earning a living today, however,
both in Tibet and in exile has become much more difficult.
1- Inside Tibet, the heavy concentration of Chinese population has not only
exhausted traditional sources of income for Tibetans, but also displaced
them to overcrowded urban areas where each has to fend for his living.
2- The harshness of exile lives, on the other hand, throws up many
difficulties in earning one's livelihood.
3- The burden of supporting non-productive members, in the face of such
daunting challenges, places serious financial strain on families, making it
highly difficult, if not impossible, to look after handicapped children or
In response to this need, the Tibetan Government in Exile as well as some
NGO's have established a few old peoples homes in various settlements.
However, apart from expressing sympathy to the handicapped, so far no
center has been established to provide them care and vocational training.
The small amount of stipend, that the Tibetan government gives to families
with disabled persons, has hardly been sufficient to relieve their
hardships. This does not entail any training programme for the handicapped
whereby they could one day become self-supporting productive members.
It is in response to repeated appeals for such a facility from parents and
others concerned with the plight of the handicapped that we feel a strong
need to initiate a handicapped training center for handicapped Tibetan
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
Nyingtobling the classroom
The initial aim of our project is to provide vocational training and
employment opportunities for handicapped Tibetan children in exile. We
intend to further extend this project into Tibet also. This project will,
in conformity with the objectives of the UN Development Plan, offer the
handicapped children access to income and employment opportunities, as well
as education, health and a clean and safe environment. A hostel, eqquipped
with appropriate facilities, has been built wherein the children can live
together in an atmosphere of love and care, and learn some vocational
Through this project, the abilities and potentials of handicapped people
can not only be developed, but also be harnessed into realising their
economic self-reliance. This is the basis on which their confidence will be
boosted and shape them into productive members of their society.
Priority is given to the preservation of traditional Tibetan crafts and
lifestyle, while endeavoring to introduce prospective techniques to suit
the needs of both the present and the future.
Children belonging to the age group 12-18 are short listed and selected
from families having financial difficulties. It is required for the
families to take their wards back home on holidays in order to help sustain
the bond and make future reintegration easier. The sale proceeds of their
work is going towards funding the continuance of the project.
The first phase started March 1999 with 8 children, a teacher, a cook and a
helper. After a year the second phase will start with new enrollment of
wards and recruitment of an additional teacher. The third phase will follow
and the total enrollment of the home will be brought to 50 children.
The present premises are very humble and need to be improved and extend.
The Home doesn't so fare not receive any financial support, except one
donation received in the beginning and used for the initial building. A
regular financial help is necessary to carry on this beautiful project
blessed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
RUNNING ANNUAL EXPENSES (in Indian currency)
Water and electricity
Gas (refill for 4 cylinders)
Postal and phone
Raw materials for training
Staff salaries :
Co-ordinator and accountant (3500*2*12)
Cook and household keeper (2000*2*12)
TOTAL FOR 6 STAFF MEMBERS
Student maintenance :
TOTAL FOR 10 CHILDREN
GRAND TOTAL FOR ONE YEAR (for10 children) : 337380 Indian Rupees
Approximately : 8300 US$ - 13000 SF - 52000 FF - 15300 DM
|Project initiator Mrs Nawang Lhamo (Kanang) ATPD
Gangchen Kyishong, Dharamsala 176215
Distt. Kangra, HP
Tel : +91 1892 22481, fax 24593|
Tibetan handicapped Children's Craft Home
Near Norbulingka Institute
Sidhpur, Dharamsala HP
Tel +91 1892 28922|
|Mrs Nawang Lhamo is a member of the Tibetan parliament in exile. She has
been teacher in a Tibetan school at Lhadak, an active high rank member of
the Tibetan Women Association during many years. She initiated the project
of tayloring training centers for Tibetan women and was also particularly
involved since her young age in providing all kind of support to very poor