Dharamshala: Kashag has issued an appeal urging CTA functionaries across the world including the Offices of Tibet, Settlement offices and income-earning individuals to donate towards the respective state and district COVID-19 relief fund.
In the wake of COVID-19 pandemic and government lockdown in India, normal business activity has come to a standstill and has hit hardest the livelihoods of millions of people especially the livelihoods of daily wage earners.
Kashag has urged Tibetan communities in India and abroad to support the initiatives of the host government in providing relief to those worst affected by the coronavirus pandemic by making voluntary contributions to the state and district relief funds.
A number of Tibetan settlement offices are coming forward and are doing their part by donating to the relief fund created by the local government. Tibetans from Shillong led by the Settlement Office donated Rs 30,000 to their CM’s Relief Fund, in solidarity with the fellow residents affected by the crisis.
Tibetans from the settlements of Bir, Chauntra & Lily collectively donated a sum of INR 4,22,010 (four lakhs twenty-two thousand and ten rupees) to the Himachal CM’s Relief Fund and the Red Cross Society’s Fund.
Tibetan Buddhist communities have also come forward to donate to their local government’s relief fund.
HE the 42nd Sakya Trinzin, HE Gyana Vajra Rinpoche, Dolma Phodrang Society, Ngor Pal Ewam Chodan, Sakya College, The Great Sakya Monlam Foundation, Sakya Nunnery, and Sakya Centre donated a total of 23 lakhs rupees to the Uttrakhand CM relief fund.
Menri Monastery in Dolanji led by the 34th Menri Trizin Rinpoche donated a total of five lakh rupees towards PM Cares Fund and Himachal Pradesh COVID-19 Response Fund.
Namdroling Monastery in Bylakupee, South India donated 10 lakh to Karnataka CM relief fund and Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, also in Bylakuppe, donated a total of Rs. 2.5 lakh to the Prime Minister and Chief Minister’s Relief funds and distributed 1 month’s dry ration and protective masks to over 182 needy Indian families and local police.
The show of solidarity was well received by the local Indian community. Local news channels such as Live Times TV, Star of Mysore and HP 24 reported the initiatives taken up by the Tibetans.