Community & Economic Development

Agriculture and allied activities form a very important economic sector of the Tibetan refugee community as more than 50% of the total population in exile depends directly or indirectly on farming for their livelihoods. Agriculture meets the basic needs of the people and is vital for long-term economic self-sufficiency of settlements. The Tibet House Trust received grant of €500,000 from the Government of Belgium to support the important project "Integrated Agricultural Development Programme (IADP) of Department of Home, Dharamsala. Its aim is to promote sustainable livelihood which improves over all socio-economic development potential of the settlements particularly that of farmers through enhancing environmental sustainable agriculture i.e. organic farming, value added processing, crop diversification, organic conversion cum certification and development of agricultural extension services mechanism. 

The Tibet House Trust had received second grant of €300,000 from the Government of Belgium for the project, Tibetan Refugee Settlement Development Programme, India of Department of Home, Dharamsala. This project will improve the quality of life of poor and marginalized refugees through provision of rudimentary settlements infrastructure facilities, revitalizing cooperative, adapting the agriculture, imparting capabilities to the unemployment youths and researching for their sustainable livelihood.   

The Tibet House Trust also managed to provide funds to following CTA Departments and Tibetan organisations in 2009.

The Tibet House Trust received a donation to support the two projects of CTA Public Service Commission, Dharamsala to give professional training/workshop for CTA's official for £12,861.11 and Department of Information & International Relation, Dharamsala project, Tibet – A Human Development and Environment Report and Audio Visual and Publication project for £10,718.22.

The Dharma Network Ltd. provided a grant of £15,000 to support to the Little Flowers Creche, Dharamsala for salary of teacher, two assistant and a sweeper for year and purchase vehicle for Lodrik Tibetan Settlements, Nepal (CTA, Department of Home, Dharamsala)

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