His Holiness the Dalai Lama established the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) to oversee the 58 Tibetan refugee settlements scattered throughout India, Nepal, and Bhutan. Today, the Tibetan refugee population stands at approximately 120,000, with new refugees from Tibet trickling in every year. In our more than 36 years of service to the Tibetan community, The Tibet Fund has impacted the lives of tens of thousands of Tibetan refugees, from the moment that they arrive at reception centers and into their old age at elderly people’s homes in exile. Our comprehensive grants and programs have saved lives, improved the quality of life in the settlements, promoted community development including strengthening Tibetan civil society, providing health, educational and economic opportunities and services, and helping to preserve the rich cultural and religious heritage of Tibet.