A message from Thumi Sambotha Tibetan Schools Society April 22nd 2022
Hello and Tashi Delek! I hope you and everyone associated with LTDM, France are doing well. I am happy to inform you that covid 19 situation in India has improved and coronavirus positive cases have dropped down significantly. Sambhota schools have started functioning normally with 100% students and teachers attending their respective schools. Our senior students will be appearing for their annual and board examination this month and their exams will be over by the end of May 2022.
I hope covid situation in France too might have got better and people might have started living the pre covid life. I hope you and your team may start travelling soon to India to assess and oversee your contribution in the Tibetan schools across India. I have been hoping to see you during your visit to India with your LE TOIT DU MONDE,France team.
News from Kalimpong's school, by Kelsang Dawa, Principal. January 2021
The school is still under lockdown because of the 3rd wave. Kalimpong is not really affected by the 3rd wave and there are very few cases in town. But since the government has instructed complete ban on schools and colleges all over the state of West Bengal, we are no exception.
The school transfer is over....we are now Sambhota Tibetan School and not CST. All the permanent Indian teachers and non-teaching staff left for their respective Indian Government Central schools.
New teachers appointed by the Sambhota headquarters have started joining and have already begun conducting classes online since yesterday (for classes X and XII who will be required to write All India Secondary and Senior Secondary Examination in March) .
Winter vacation for other classes is until the 6th of February. We hope the government will allow schools to open and let children learn and grow.
.../... COVID certainly ruined lives of millions of children specially in countries like India and other developing nations where 60 to 70 percent of families do not have access to technology, internet and gadgets. So many students have already forgotten what they had studied or learned in school. I was really shocked to watch a series of interviews conducted by a news channel with several groups of students in rural areas of India. Children who were studying in class 8 before the covid could not read books of class 2...that’s back to primary from intermediate. These past two years just made these young kids go blind.
A long awaited completion...
Late 2019, Le Toit du Monde decided to finance a project in Tezu (Arunachal Pradesh), to secure the access to the river.
Then the pandemy, its successive waves, monsoons delayed works.
Finally we are happy to see this nice stairway ready for the people in camp n°1 Dargyeling Tibetan Camp, Tezu.
Schools reopen :
News from Dawa Dorjee, Fund raiser for Thumi Sambotha schools.
Schools under Sambhota have started classroom teachings for all the students from 15.11.2021 providing a big relief to everyone. Students in particular were very happy to see their friends and teachers after a gap of almost two years.
Dharamsala's monument for Tibetan victims
However, schools under Sambhota will continue with remote teachings as well for the students who could not join their respective schools from settlements such as; Ladakh and Tuting. Covid situation has improved a lot in India however, guidelines with regard to covid protocols have been issued to schools so that a safe environment can be provided to our students.
Situation in Nepal
The Tibet Office in Katmandu calls LTDM for help.
The COVID cases in Nepal have slowed down, but it is a worrisome that it may again be hit by the pandemic. The second wave of the pandemic adversely affected Nepal and India. It is sad to say that many Tibetans in Nepal were also infected by the pandemic and some passed away due to the pandemic.
It is pleased to share that the majority of Tibetans living in Nepal have gotten vaccines. But the age below 18 years are still at high risk of getting infection as they are not vaccinated. Hoping for the best.
I would like to request that kindly continue the support to elders sponsorship and emergency fund for us. The sponsorship for the elders will be really beneficial for them and some elders are inquiring about their sponsorship as they are in dire need of the support.
Likewise the emergency fund can help the really needy and old age for their medical needs. There are lots of Tibetan who lost their jobs and paid them partially so that many are now facing more problems to bear the medication expenses by themselves due to low or no incomes.
In the current situation, the emergency fund is more in need.
From Sonada’s TSO, le 29 août.
Over here at settlement everyone is fine and things are slowly getting back to normal after more than two months semi-lockdown (shops were open from 8am-1pm). Also it’s been raining whole week now .Hopefully by mid September we will have sunny days .
This coming winter many settlement people are planning to resume their winter sweater selling business which was on hold from last two years due to COVID 19 pandemic.
However, schools are still closed and classes being held online. Recently, Indian government is planning to start vaccination for children age group 13 -17yrs old. Hopefully, by next year schools will be reopen.
the new gate for Sonada's settlement.
Last week CTA Dharamshala three Covid Taskforce members including Secretary of health dept. paid a visit at Sonada and held meeting with settlement Covid Taskforce members as well. Health Dept. CTA is providing all necessary support towards settlement people in order to save life’s from this pandemic.
My work contract has been extended for another one year in Sonada. And I am okay with that cause I have to complete few remaining projects as well.
Schools : Administration changes
Dharamshala: The Union Cabinet, GoI gave its approval to transfer schools run by the Central Tibetan Schools Administration (CTSA) to the Department of Education (DoE), Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) or any registered society run by it over a three-year period on 10 January 2013. In pursuance of the decision of the Union Cabinet, the CTSA has so far transferred 33 pre-primary, 9 primary, 5 middle, 5 secondary and 3 senior secondary schools to Sambhota Tibetan Schools Society (STSS), a registered society run by the DoE, CTA.
The Department of School Education and Literacy, Ministry of Education, GoI through its letter dated 25 May 2021 to the Director of CTSA, has approved the transfer of the remaining 06 CTSA schools to STSS directing CTSA to take necessary action in this regard.
The six schools are CST Mussoorie, CST Dalhousie, CST Shimla, CST Herbertpur, CST Kalimpong and CST Darjeeling.
Penpa Tsering is the new elect Sikyong.
Aged 55, he was born in Bilakuppe, the large Tibetan refugees camp in Karnataka.
extract from Associated Press article :
Penpa Tsering, the former speaker of Tibet's parliament-in-exile, has been elected the new president of the exile government, the election commissioner announced Friday.
He will succeed Lobsang Sangay, who completes his second five-year term at the end of May, Election Commissioner Wangdu Tsering said in Dharmsala, a northern Indian town where spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has been living since he fled Tibet after a failed uprising against Chinese rule in 1959.
Nearly 64,000 Tibetans living in exile in India, Nepal, North America, Europe, Australia and elsewhere voted in the election, which was held in two rounds in January and April.
It was the third direct election of the Tibetan exile leadership since the Dalai Lama withdrew from any political role in the running of the exile government in 2011.
Penpa Tsering, 53, was elected to its parliament in 1996 and became its speaker in 2008.
Sonada (near Darjeeling) April 30th
Despite the Covid crisis, progress keeps on.
As you know well that the second wave of Covid crisis in India is disheartening and many people are suffering due to lack of medical facilities. Lets' pray for the situation to calm down soon. Over here at Sonada settlement and Darjeeling areas the situation is better as compared to other states of India. However, we are taking full precautions more than ever in order to avoid this deadly virus.
I have been busy with working as Settlement Gate work is still going on and will be completed by the end of May. And soon going to start another project of Settlement Clinic floor and wall renovation to be completed by the end of May. Then hopefully we'll start working for the Settlement Sanitation project to build toilets, bathrooms, Urine pots and septic tanks which will be completed by the end of July. Currently, I am writing on Settlement office renovation project proposal and planning to redesign doors and windows into typical Tibetan traditional style. I always love Tibetan traditional houses and monasteries. Even though we are in exile land away from our roots, still we can give a touch of our traditional style in our daily lives and where we live.
Tenzin Yangzom, T.S.O.
Recent news... ...
Namgyal Middle School Kathmandu 26th April
I would like to inform you that our school has been shut down again as per the Nepal Government cabinet decision made earlier due to rapid spread of CORONA throughout the country.
Thus, our school had sent all the boarder students to their respective home along with their guardians and the Nepal Government has decided and announced Lockdown in the country again starting from tomorrow (Thursday) for the safety health of the public.
The classes have been already started like usual timetable by online through Zoom applications. The annual examination for the year 2020-2021 will be held on later once the Nepal Government made the announcement.
Lastly, the school administration, staffs and the students would like to extend and express our heartfelt gratitude to all the lovely sponsors from our bottom of our heart for the generous and longtime support towards our school.
Central School for Tibetans Kalimpong 23d April
« I had to close school again because of rapid rise in the number of Covid cases in Kalimpong. It’s a very scary situation in the whole country. I’m keeping safe, but I worry about others whom seem to have no fear for the virus.
The result of election ( in West Bengal) will be announced in May 2nd. We do not know who will win from the 3 hills constituencies. Unlike in the past, this election saw 8 different political parties fighting for the seats. People are so divided... »
tezu 22nd april
« Thank you so much for your concern and appreciation for our work. Just for your kind information as of now, due to remoteness and less population in our area the second wave of covid19 pandemic yet to reach in our area as compared to mainland India.
Today I want to share a good news to you, out of 20 members in our senior citizen's home 14 got their final dose of Covi-19 vaccin ( Covishield ) for free and also all of our office and OPH staff are vaccinated.. Remaining 6 members will be vaccinated after the due documentation process. And we are doing our best to protect our people in the Tezu Dhargyeling Tibetan settlement from this pandemic. »
News from the Tibet Office in Katmandu, June 15th
The Tibetan people were made aware about the nationwide lockdown declared by the government of Nepal as precautionary method to control the pandemic since 24-03-2020. The settlement offices in Nepal also decided to remain closed to follow the lockdown and staffs carried out works from respective home while lockdown is ordered. Since the partial relaxation of lockdown in recent days, staffs have begun working from respective office under the guidance from TRWO.
COVID -19 Nepal Tibetan Response Group was initially formed on 23rd March, 2020 to control the COVID-19 pandemic among the Tibetan population in Nepal. The committee members conduct virtual meeting once a week presided by kungo donchoe. Committee includes a representative of dept of home, all settlement officers, Administrator, Health Officer and Education Officer of SLF and SARD-Nepal co-ordinator, Director of TRC. During the meeting, all the settlements actively discuss the reports of their respective settlements measures made.
Weekly fever screening and sanitizing settlements are being carried out under the responsibility of Settlement offices in Pokhara (Tashiling, Tashi Palkhiel, Lodrik) and in Kathmandu (Samdupling, Choejor, Gyalsa Phaksing). General public have been notified to stay safe at their home and within the boundary of settlements except for emergency situation. Quarantine centers were also arranged in Pokhara Settlements. Similarly, relief works such as essential medical goods & mask, cash and rations are being distributed to the Tibetans of their respective settlements. The awareness campaign on the official guidelines of COVID-19 is also being made frequently to the residence timely.
Since, settlements located in remote area very far from the city area and being the nation in lockdown situation, essential things for the precautionary purposes could not be distributed to these settlements (Manang, Nubri, Tserok, Walung, Rasuwa, Solukhumbu). However, The rations were stocked for long time of almost a year usually in settlement like walung. So, People doesn’t face much shortage of rations though the lockdown was imposed. However, The Settlement officers of remote areas are giving their best to send medical supplies and funds to the concerned people to the settlements.
Fortunately, there are no symptoms of COVID-19 in Tibetan settlements in Nepal.
strict lockdown has been partially made relaxed, which allows the move of the people in and out of Nepal as well as inter districts. The government was compelled to open the lockdown due to political and economic pressure. Now it is very high risk to spread the pandemic.
News from Kalimpong's Tibetan Settlement Officer, Ms Tenzing Dhadon on June 11th
News from Tsering Topgyal "Snow Lion Foudation" kathmandu Népal.
10 mai 2020
Dear Annick Dreano la,
I hope you and rest of our sponsors are doing well, without much hindrances to health due to COVID 19 pandemic. Its been 45days of nation lock down since 24th March 2020. I hope you and all are ensuring the best preventives measure and taking utmost care of one self , same with our wonderful sponsors, whose support is always cherished by our sponsees.
Basically we are working from home without any references to look into, in case need to detail it. Neither our schools are in full fledged opening. But arrangement are made to ensure on line classes since last two weeks , through different social media apps. The education dept is also seeing the feasibility in remote and its coverage. The kind of social and emotional challenges is beyond our comprehension during this distress situation.
As per the news now ,Nepal Govt. is charting out plans to ease the nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of the COVID 19 in a bid to gradually restart the stalled economy by creating the modalities to ease the lockdown based on the instructed guidelines by categorizing areas based on number of cases and density of population as red , yellow and green zones But opening of schools and colleges still needs extra care and guidelines which the government still working . Now Nepal crossed 110 Covid-19 affected patients lately, so far no death cases.
In adherence with the govt notice and announcement,schools might resume end of May, till then need to continue with on line classes. All our children are with their respective family. The teachers are sharing their number to reach the children to know their well being and seeking possibilities of having interactive session through net.
All old age homes / scattered Tibetans and from settlements are under close scrutiny as per the SLF dra fted COVID 19 guidlines through concerned settlement offices ( Representatives of Tibetans offices ). So far all our communities remained unaffected pertaining to outbreak of disease. A great deal of cautionary needs to follow where county itself has poor public health facilities .
I mailing you all to update as you all have been very considerate with gracious support and cooperation in full filing the objectives of the organization .
Thanking you so much in unwavering supports despite global health crisis and its consequences to socio- economic conditions.
Most of our sponsor must be worried about their sponsees well being . So this is my kind information on behalf of organization , that all are settled with love and care from their family members at their respective places.
Heart felt gratitude to you all.
Please Stay Safe !
With Warmest Regards