WASHINGTON DC: On May 23, 2015, the Tibetan Association of Boston organized a formal gathering of its community member to announce Sister-Shijak relationship with Tezu Dhargyeling Tibetan Settlement based in Arunachal Pradesh. The executive members of the Association did the selection by drawing one name from the pool of all listed Tibetan settlements prescribed by the Department of Home, Dharamsala.
Mr. Ngawang Yonten from the Office of Tibet attended the formal gathering in Boston, and spoke on the importance of Sister Shichak initiative formulated by the 14th Kashag. He also thanked the executive members and the community members of Boston on behalf of the Central Tibetan Administration and the Office of Tibet.
The Association also organized a fund raising event that evening with the volunteer performance of Tibetan culture items, and collected donation in which more than 200 people have shown up with enthusiasm. Many people who were not able to attend has sent their donations to the event. The Office of Tibet and the Tibetan Association of Boston will be formally contacting the Department of Home very soon.
The Tibetan Association of Boston is the second Tibetan Association in North America to connect with Tibetan settlements in India. The other Tibetan Associations are New York & New Jersey (Hunsur and Bandhara), Portland (Orrisa) Northwest Tibetan Association, Colorado Tibetan Association, Tibetan Association of Northern California, Amherst Tibetan Association. The Office of Tibet, Washington DC is also going to encourage other Tibetan Association when they meet for 14th North American Tibetan Association in Portland from June 5-7, 2015.
$6,000 was raised and contributed by Boston Tibetan Community to Tezu Dhargeyling Tibetan Settlement. According to the settlement officer, Mr. Thupten Tsering, the funds raised will be utilized for two sole purposes:
- Construction of a proper gathering and meeting place for the local community in Tezu near the community hall
- Rewiring the outdated electric components of the Tezu community hall.
Lastly a hearty message from the settlement officer:
” I pay my hearty thanks for the hard work and dedication your esteem Association has shown towards the benefit of the people of Tezu Dhargyeling Tibetan Settlement. We promise we will make best use of your support in this settlement.” – Mr. Thupten Tsering