The Tibetan Refugee Self-Help Centre was started on October 2, 1959. Following the dramatic escape of His Holiness the Dalai Lama during that period of mayhem, thousands of our fellow countrymen, leaving hearth and home, fled into neighboring countries so they could 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.....READ MORE
The production of handicrafts continues to be our mainstay both in terms of activity as well as its source of income.

To date, the Centre has been exporting to 36 countries all over the world.

Some of the traditional items are
Tibetan carpets, thankas, wood carved items like folding tables, frames, wall hangings, metal items like bronze and copper pots, prayer wheels and leather items such as gents and ladies boots and shoes.
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Late Mrs. Gyalo Thondup
Founder President
Tibetan Refugee Self Help Centre, Darjeeling
See Introduction

Executive Members
1. President
  Mr. Khedroob Thondup
2. Secretary
  Mr. Chimay Rinchen
3. Asst. Secretary
  Mr. Lhakchung
4. Manager
  Mr. Dorjee Tseten
5. Asst. Manager
  Mr. Jampa Tenzin

Another important field of welfare work undertaken by the Centre is its health programme, which benefits not only the refugees of the Centre but hundreds of surrounding local people. The hospital was established in 1961 through the American Relief Services. It has grown from a small infirmary to a 20 bedded hospital today staffed by a well-qualified and highly experienced doctor, two nurses, an overseas volunteer and some helpers.

Every year, thousands of patients are treated in the Infirmary. Apart from normal consultation and treatment, the Hospital also carries out blood test and grouping, screening for TB and follow-up medication and care, vaccinations, pre and post natal care, home visits to patients and old people too weak to come to the hospital etc. The overwhelming majority of those who avail of the medical facilities themselves are very poor. But for the services provided by the Centre, they might have had to go without any medical care.

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