Tibetian Refujee Help Center

The Tibetan Refugee Self Help Centre was started on October 2, 1959. At that time, following the dramatic escape of His Holiness The Dalai Lama, thousands of our fellow countrymen, leaving hearth and home, fled into the neighboring countries to live as free human beings. The overwhelming majority of the refugees had brought nothing with them apart from the clothes they wore and what little provisions they could carry with them as they began the long and difficult trek over the Himalayas.
Fortunately, the Lhasa Uprisings and the miraculous escape of His Holiness the Dalai Lama captured the attention of the entire world and the plight of the refugees who began pouring into India and other neighboring states. National and international voluntary agencies set up emergency relief programs to feed, clothe and give temporary shelter to the newly arrived refugees. In terms of immediate need the challenge was met. But thus was only the beginning.