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Tibetan refugees in exile in Tezu, India

by American Himalayan Foundation
Tibetan refugees in exile in Tezu, India
Tibetan refugees in exile in Tezu, India
Tibetan refugees in exile in Tezu, India
Tibetan refugees in exile in Tezu, India
Tibetan refugees in exile in Tezu, India
Tibetan refugees in exile in Tezu, India
Tibetan refugees in exile in Tezu, India
Tibetan refugees in exile in Tezu, India
Tibetan refugees in exile in Tezu, India
Tibetan refugees in exile in Tezu, India
Tibetan refugees in exile in Tezu, India
Tibetan refugees in exile in Tezu, India
Tibetan refugees in exile in Tezu, India
Tibetan refugees in exile in Tezu, India
Tibetan refugees in exile in Tezu, India
Tibetan refugees in exile in Tezu, India
Tibetan refugees in exile in Tezu, India
Tibetan refugees in exile in Tezu, India
Tibetan refugees in exile in Tezu, India
Tibetan refugees in exile in Tezu, India
Tibetan refugees in exile in Tezu, India
Tibetan refugees in exile in Tezu, India
The school headmistress with the new generator.
The school headmistress with the new generator.

Dear friends,

We are so grateful for your generosity helping the Tibetan refugee community in Tezu, India get their noodle making business up and running and providing a new generator to the local school.

We're thrilled to report that, thanks to your help, both projects have been fully funded and the machinery has been delivered and is in operation. The noodle machine, run by two employees from the settlement, has already produced 2,000 noodle packets and counting! Great news for the more than 700 shareholders invested in the cooperative and their families. Along with the co-op, there is a shop where local residents can purchase the noodles. They hope to partner with restaurants and shops in neighboring districts in the near future.

The backup generator has also been installed and is ready for students when school opens after the Tibetan New Year (Losar) on February 5th. They will now have consistent, full days of learning, un-interrupted by power outages. Electricity provides light and keeps the ceiling fans running, crucial to surviving the hot summer days and helping students stay focused on their studies. The power will also keep the water running during frequent power cuts, enabling the school to stay open. In the words of the Headmistress: "The generations of scholars of this school will remember AHF for making their life at school a lot easier."

Please enjoy the photos below of the community enjoying their new noodle business and generator.

Students at Tezu are eager to learn!
Students at Tezu are eager to learn!
Noodles hanging to dry
Noodles hanging to dry
The machine is operated by two employees.
The machine is operated by two employees.
Inaugurated and blessed by Ganor Rinpoche
Inaugurated and blessed by Ganor Rinpoche
And, the final product! Beautiful.
And, the final product! Beautiful.

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The site of the soon to be open noodle factory.
The site of the soon to be open noodle factory.

Much is happening at the Tezu Dargeyling Tibetan Settlement: we are thrilled to share with you that the noodle making machine and school generator have been fully funded! Thanks to generous supporters on the GlobalGiving platform and other donors, the community was able to purchase both the noodle machine and the generator for their school.

Tezu is a very remote community, and thus delivering large equipment through dense jungles, several days journey from the nearest town, is no easy task. The generator is currently on its way to the settlement and should arrive and be turned on within a couple of weeks. The noodle machine has been successfully delivered, and installation has begun. Setting up the machine and factory room will take several weeks, so the community is expecting that the business will be up and running by mid-October.

Once the noodle machine and generator are installed, we will share an update with you on how things are going. In the meantime, please enjoy these photos showing the new machine and the factory location, and some bonus pictures of recent events at the primary and middle school. Thank you for bringing power to the school and noodles to the families of Tezu!

The noodle machine has arrived!
The noodle machine has arrived!
Lots of work to be done before the grand opening.
Lots of work to be done before the grand opening.
Democracy Day Sept. 2: Singing the National Anthem
Democracy Day Sept. 2: Singing the National Anthem
Primary school children enjoying board games.
Primary school children enjoying board games.
August 28: National Deworming Day.
August 28: National Deworming Day.
It doesn't look fun, but it's important!
It doesn't look fun, but it's important!
The tiniest members of the settlement!
The tiniest members of the settlement!
Thank you for helping Tezu! We are so grateful.
Thank you for helping Tezu! We are so grateful.

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American Himalayan Foundation

Location: San Francisco, CA - USA
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Project Leader:
Erica Stone
San Francisco, CA United States

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