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.
Ngawang was the youngest of four Siblings, she has a brother and two sisters, she fled Tibet when she was around 20 years old to become a fully ordain nun. She came to Nepal through Nangpa La Pass and straight away admitted in Dzarong Thupten Choeling Monastery in Solu khumbu, Nepal. Where she spent major part of her life after coming to Nepal, then she went to India in the end of 2016 to receive Kalachakra empowerment from His Holiness in Bodhgaya. There she had a back pain and was not able to return with other nuns to Nepal. She stayed back in India and went to Delhi to consult a doctor about her back pain, where she did her first surgery which was kind of success. Then after a year, the back pain was back and went for a second surgery, raised the cost of surgery through facebook donation. Unfortunately, somehow after the surgery, she became bilateral paralysis. Since then she was more or less bed-ridden and she has to use wheelchair. With all these unfortunate incidents, She was admitted in Tsering Elders home on 10.04.2019
He came to Nepal with his uncle when he was around 15 years and stayed in Shapruk, Rasuwa for couple of years. Then came to Kathmandu and done a vocational training on carpentry for one year. Again migrated to India and worked in road construction in Kulu Manali, Spiti, Ladhak etc. Then in year 1970s with the help of Red Cross, he was one the Tibetans resettled in Switzerland. After retirement, he came back to Nepal and started living here. And he met his second wife. Since his two children are living in Switzerland and nobody to take care of him and his second wife. They were admitted in Tsering Elders home on August 21, 2018.
He came to exile in 1959 when he was in his early twenties. He stayed in Dolpo for couple of years doing business between Tibet and Nepal. Then move to Jumla district and stayed there for a year. In the mid of sixties, he migrated to India to Kulu Manali for road construction. He worked in road construction for three years. Met his wife and moved to Tibetan Mundgod Settlement where they gave birth to a son and lived as a farmer growing corn, rice for 25 years. Their only child joined Indian army when he was just eighteen years old. After serving for 20 years, he retired from the Indian army. In early 1990’s they moved to Tashi Ling Tibetan camp in Pokhara, Nepal, where he worked as a cook helper in a Monastery. His only son passed away due to serious illness and then in 2012 his wife also passed away. So he was all alone and sometimes his distant relatives used to look after him. Due to his old age and poor financial condition. He was admitted in Tsering elders’ home on November 8, 2018.
He came to Nepal with his parents in 1959 when he was just 9 years old. They settled in Tibetan Camp in Manang and lived by farming. Both parents passed away, married and had four children. His family moved to Kathmandu and he worked in a carpet factory for few years. Being lived in a remote area for so long and not having good skill to earn their bread nor able to give good education to his children, he got depressed and became alcoholic. His addiction led to separate from his family. Though his children are grown up, but not financially strong enough to support him. So he was admitted in Tsering Elders home on November 12, 2017. He was kept in rehab center for six months and recovered from his addiction.
She came to Nepal with his parents when she was 13 years and settled in Shabru Tibetan Camp in Rasuwa for 10 years. She moved to Kathmandu with her family and settled in Tibetan camp in Jawalakhel. She married and had three sons and a daughter. But unfortunately her first husband passed when she was 37 years old. She worked in a carpet factory for 30 years. When she was 54 years old, she met her second husband and left her job. Her children went themselves to live their life. She lives with her husband at Boudha and nobody to take care of them. Admitted in Tsering Elders home on August 21, 2018.
He came to India in 1996 to receive Kalachakra from His Holiness the Dalai Lama at Siliguri, eastern India. At that time, he was forty eight years old. After Kalachakra he went for pilgrimage to Bodhgyaya and the holy places nearby and got to Nepal to return Tibet, he heard disturbing news from Tibet, cases of arrest, interrogation and detentions. Due to fear of these, he decided to settle in Nepal. After a year living in Nepal, he met widowed woman from Dolpo, who was a mother of four children, and lived together as husband. Unfortunately she passed away after three years due to serious illness. Since then, he lived alone as before doing prayers and prostrating around Holy Boudhanath Stupa and met his living by getting alms from the people. One of his step daughter supported him. After her marriage and having her own child, she finds hard to continue support to her step father. He approached Elders home for support, finding a genuine cases, he was admitted in Tsering elders’ home on 15.02.2019.
She was born in Tibet and came to exile when she was 30 years old. After coming to Nepal, she went to Pokhara and worked in carpet factory for around 7 years. Later she came to Kathmandu and again worked in carpet factory for many years. She’s married when she was forty years old but has no child. Her husband also passed away . Due to her old age and has no one to take care of her. She was admitted in Tsering Elders Home on June 16, 2017.
When she was just seven years old, her parents escaped to Nepal and settled in Dakar in Manang. They lived there for 34 years. And unfortunately her husband passed away when the kids were very young. She is the sole bread earner of the family and worked as a maid servant in wealthy families. In early 1990’s half of the Tibetans living there were resettled in Pokhara and other half resettled in Solukhumbu Tibetan camp. She along with her children moved to Solukhumbu where she worked as a foster mother in Tibetan community school for more than 20 years. Unfortunately she suffered from Arthritis and she had to leave her job and admitted in Tsering Elders home on April 12, 2017.
He exile to exile with his elder brothers and settled in Bridim Tibetan Settlement in Rasuwa, Nepal. They rear cattle and lived a life of a nomad. After passing of his brother, he continued to keep domestic animals for his livelihood. Due to his ageing and physically getting weaker and no one to look after him, he was admitted in Tsering Elders home on November 10, 2017.
He came to exile in 2012 to received Kalachakra from His Holiness in Bodhgaya, India. As news coming out from Tibet that those who attended the Kalachakra and returned were arresting, interrogating and detained in custody, he stayed in exile due to fear of arrestment and interrogation. He delayed his return back to Tibet, hoping that the policy would be lenient after few months, but sadly things didn’t turn out to be what he was expecting. Still he tried to return back to Tibet to be with his family but never succeeded. Since he doesn’t have anyone in exile to take care of him, he was admitted in old age home in Dharamsala. Due to climate condition he requested to transfer to Nepal and was admitted in Tsering Elders Home on November 10, 2017.