Tibetans have lived as refugees for many years and the number of aged Tibetans is increasing. Many of these elders do not have either social support or families to care for them so the need is urgent for elder housing where their basic needs are met. The Tsering Elder Home was constructed in Kathmandu , Nepal in 2003 with seed money to purchase land from His Holiness the Dalai Lama and funding from the Tibet Fund for construction of the home. Currently there are 42 elders (20 female and 22 male) receive a safe and warm place to live as well as nutritious meals, health and social services, and clothing at the Home. The Home has no source of permanent income to help meet the daily expenses of the elders and for the maintenance expenses of the home and for staff salaries and must therefore solicit funding.
Place and Date of Birth Dege, Tibet
80 Years old, came into exile from Tibet in 1959. Stayed 2 years doing road construction work. Later he joined Choshe Gangduk till 1954. After 1974 he did petty business. We went to Tibet in 1985 to meet his relatives, returned and stayed in Kathmandu, Nepal till admitted at the elder’s home. He is under blood pressure medicines and due to severe knee joint problems, he can’t go too far.
Place and Date of birth: Bharyang, Tibet 1938
Fled from Tibet in 1959, settled at Jumla, a remote area and border of Nepal for 20 years. He is single never married 79 years old, survived by doing different kinds of odd works with low wages. Moved to Kathmandu for better job, faced various hardships not finding jobs. He has been working turning a giant prayer wheel six hours a day at Pharping holy place for very low pay, which is not sufficient to meet his basic needs. He got leg problem also makes his life harder. No one is there to take care of him. Recommendation from Gyalphak Tibetan Settlement, admitted at the Elder’s Home.
Place and Date of Birth: Soktsenden, Tibet 1949
Came in exile in the year 1983 along with his wife. In 1985 was employed as a gatekeeper at a carpet factory owned by then Tibetan Government in exile and served for 20 years. After Tibetan Government in exile turned business unit into Privatization under its policy in the year 2004, he lost his job as a gatekeeper and was left without any source of income. As his living condition was below the poverty line he got admitted in Tsering Elders Home.
Place and Date of Birth: Lhokha, Tibet
78 years old, came into exile in 1956 joined army in ETS 22 and served for 21 years. After retiring from army service. Went to Nepal worked as gate keeper for 10 years. Due to his age and can’t work, admitted at Tsering Elder’s Home. He is the elder’s home representative and does all of his responsibilities very well. He loves to remain inside the home and does his daily prayers. Due to high blood pressure he is taking medicine.
Place and Date of Birth: Phinji, Tibet 1938
Came into exile when he was 20 years old. His parents settled at Tso-Sham, remote area of Nepal bordering Tibet. After 4 years of marriage, he divorced his wife and his children were admitted to TCV School. He was left alone without any source of income was admitted at Tsering Elder’s Home.
Place and Date of birth: Shothalosum, Tibet 1940
Came to exile from Tibet in 1959 settled at Assam with his relatives, he worked as a labor on road construction and later joined the Mustang army. He served as army for few years and got married and settled in Nepal with his three children. He got divorced and since then stayed single working as carpet weaver. Due to his age, it’s hard for him to continue his work and no one to look after him. He applied for an admission and was admitted at Tsering Elder’s Home.
Place and Date of birth: Lhasa, Tibet
80 years old, he was monk of Drepung Gonpa in Tibet. Served 1 year in Choshe Gangdug and later fled from Tibet in 1959. He worked 1 year in EST 22 army in 1987. After retiring from army, he came and stayed in Nepal working as gate keeper of a carpet factory. Due to weak health and old aged he had to leave gate keeper job and became unemployed. Admitted at Elders Home. He is under pressure treatment and also takes herbal medicine for gastric and joint problem. Every morning he goes to Boudha Stupa for prayers.
Place and Date of Birth: Tsum, Tibet 1939
He spent his earlier life in Tsum as nomad. Later he worked as a servant in different house. When he felt sick, he couldn’t work any further that lead his life in difficulties. He was admitted to Tsering Elder’s Home.
Place and Date of Birth: Dolpo, 1938
Came from Tibet in 1959 and stayed at Dolpo, Nepal, where he got married but his wife passed away in Yr. 2001, they have no children. He became single without any one to look after him. He was admitted at Tsering Elders Home.
Place and Date of birth: Yulchen, Tibet 1954
Came to exile when he was young. He got married and had two children. He worked as a gatekeeper at various places and later lost his wife due to illness. His children went to seek their own livelihood. He got sick and was paralysis. No one to look after him. He was admitted at Tsering Elder’s Home.
Place and Date of Birth: Kyidong, Tibet
70 years old, came to exile in 1959 with her parents and settled at Lhangsa Tibetan camp near border of Tibet and Nepal. Married with one son, monk in Dharamsala. She got divorce and stayed with her parents. Her mother died of old age which caused some shock to her. Her father tried best for her recovery to normalcy, but that didn’t work. He left her alone without any income from 1996 to till the date, admitted to this elder’s home.
Place and Date of Birth: Rolpaling, Nepal 1952
Her parents are from Tibet, she was born in a remote area of Nepal. Her parents expired when she was very young, leaving her all alone. She spent her life working as a servant at others house. Her poor health condition compelled her to discontinue her work. She was admitted at Tsering Elder’s Home.
Place and Date of Birth: Toe Lhadrang, Tibet
Choesang, along with her mother and sister, came into exile through Dolpa border. She moved to Mustang where she married Dorjee . After 16 years she divorced Dorjee and relocated herself to Kathmandu. She opened and ran a small restaurant where she met Choedhup. Due to their old ages, Choesang and Choedhup were having a difficult time running the business and life was hard. Through the recommendation from Boudha Welfare Office, both of them admitted to Elder’s Home.
Place and Date of birth: Cibrung, Tibet
89 Years old, came into exile when he was just 10 years old with his relatives who passed away at his young age. He went to Kalimpong, India and worked there as servant for many years. He joined army in 1965 and was retired in 1987. He came to Kathmandu and started his living being a gatekeeper at a carpet factory. He was admitted at this elder’s home. He has high blood pressure and can’t go to far, due to high pressure and eye problem. He is very active inside the home.
Place and Date of Birth: Dhargya Gon, Tibet
76 years old, she came to exile during the insurgency period in Tibet with her parent. She married and gave birth to many children, but unfortunately lost many children and survived with daughter and two sons. Her husband suffered from Cancer and left her alone. She is under regular Tibetan medicine for her joint problem. Hearing problem. She uses hearing aids and sometimes visit Boudha Stupa.
Place and Date of birth: Dhingri, Tibet 1947
Born in Tibet and was living his life as a farmer, came to exile and settled in Delekling Tibetan Settlement in Solokhumbu, Nepal along with his wife Tseten Dolma. There he worked as carpet weaver and then gatekeeper. Later he worked as cook for school for twenty years. Both are getting old and no children to look after them. Dhondup and his wife Tseten Dolma were both admitted at the Elders Home.
Place and Date of Birth: Lhokha, Tibet 1933
He was in the Dapche Tibetan Military camp since he was 18 in 1950. After Chinese occupation in 1959, he took refuge in India and settled at Baksa Refugee camp working in road construction for two years. He later joined army EST 22 and served till 1986. His wife had passed away and has no family left to take care of him. He was thus admitted to the Home.
Place and Date of Birth: Solukhumbu, Nepal 1948
Born in Solukhumbu, Nepal, she helped and lived with her parents doing farming. She served at Mount Everest School as a matron for 33 years. She has one boy, who married and went along to settle his life. Due to her old age and along. She was admitted at the Elder’s Home.
Place and Date of Birth: Labkhampa, Tibet 1939
She and her family came into exile to Nepal and settled at Manang. Farming was their main source of income. She got married at age 30 and had two daughter. Her husband and 2 daughter’s ultimately passed due to sickness. She was left along with no income. She got admitted in Solukhumbu Elder’s Home, due to closer of the Home, she was transferred to Tsering Elders Home.
Place and Date Birth: Tsum, Nepal
79 years old, from Tsum, Nepal and married Mr. Pema who was also born in Tsum. Her husband can’t work because of his illness and she needs to take care of him. They don’t have particular source of income and husband’s sickness which made them fall in poverty. She is very active and always visit Boudha Stupa for prayers. She takes pressure medicine and herbal medicines for joint problem.
Place and Date of Birth: Kong Tse Rapa, Tibet 1938
Came into exile and served as Army of Lodrik and settled in Manang. Due to his wife’s illness he was compelled to come to Kathmandu for her treatment, they didn’t have any children. His wife was paralyzed, he took great care of her day and night. After her wife passed away he moved to Swayambhunath, without any work and any source of income, he was admitted at the Home.
Place and Date of birth: Dhingri, Tibet 1941
Born in Tibet and was living her life as a farmer. She came into exile following her husband Dhondup Tsering and settled in Delekling Tibetan Settlement in Solokhumbu, Nepal. She worked as carpet weaver and spinner in the Settlement carpet factory. Both are getting old and no children to look after them. Tseten Dolma along with her husband Dhondup, both admitted at the Elders Home.
Place and Date of Birth: Dhayak, Tibet 1932
Came in exile year 1959. He was a monk at Drepung Loseling Monestery in Tibet. Later he joined Choshi-Gangduk in 1958. After coming in exile he joined E.S.T. 22 Army and served for 13 years. He then did his small business in India and Nepal. By then he was married but unfortunately his wife passed away due to Cancer. Since then he was left all alone without any source of income to look after him.
Place and Date of Birth: Toe Surtso, Tibet, 1943
Came into exile and settled at Solukhumbu, Nepal with her parents when she was 15 years old. She worked at young age at the carpet factory. She have one daughter, who takes care of her until her daughter got sick. They were left with no income at home. Her daughter left her to seek admission at Tsering Elder’s Home and got admitted.
Place and Date of Birth: Dothang, Tibet 1941
She was admitted in this elder’s home. She was under poverty line with poor health conditions. She was survived by receiving stipend through members of Tibetan community in Manang but she need care taker and recommended for admission in Tsering Elder’s Home.