Who we are
The Tibetan Children’s Educational and Charity Organization is a charitable organisation that runs Kyitsel-ling (TCECS). Apart from the committed efforts of the Central Tibetan Administration, Dharamsala, the founding members of the society feel that each Tibetan must actively participate in the education of our children. We are in the Tibetan community in Clement Town, Dehra Dun. In an effort to close the educational divide in our society, Kyitsel-ling concentrates on helping Tibetan children with their academics. Kyitsel-ling desires to develop in young people the sense of independence and accountability required to advance the cause of Tibet and improve their own lives.
What We Do
Kyitsel-ling is a boarding educational hostel for Tibetan and needy children. The children in our care live at Kyitsel-ling and attend school at the Tibetan Nehru Memorial Foundation School (TNMFS), a senior secondary Tibetan school run by the local Tibetan settlement at Clement Town, north India. Kyitsel-ing provides a nurturing environment and several educational resources to supplement the education provided by TNMFS. The children of Kyitsel-ling have access to a library, computer lab, and modern educational resources that are not available in other schools in the area. This, in turn, provides the students with a unique opportunity to become well-rounded and educated individuals who can make a difference in the world.
History (Background of the institution)
KYITSEL-LING TIBETAN CHILDREN’S EDUCATION CENTER
How Important is a Children’s Hostel
A genuine need in the neighbourhood led to the establishment of the Tibetan Children’s Education Center (Kyitsel-ling). Although it is true that some Tibetan families have prospered while living in exile, many still live in extreme poverty. Kyitsel-ling is a home for the poorest of the poor, children from broken households and homes where the parents are unable to actively support their children’s education due to their own poverty and lack of literacy.
Sweaters and jackets are a common source of income for Tibetan refugees residing in India. They visit several towns in India for business throughout the winter. When children are forced to accompany their parents because they have nowhere else to stay, it frequently disrupts their education.
At least some of them are given the opportunity to have a continuous academic year because of Kyitsel-ling. Many sections of the Tibetan community in exile have praised the formation of Kyitsel-ling because they recognise its necessity. Initially envisioned as a centre for fifty kids, we now shelter close to a hundred kids.
Almost three hundred households reside in the magnificent Tibetan settlement in Clement Town, North India. The presence of a Tibetan high school in the heart of the territory is one of its strengths. The existence of a boarding facility for needy Tibetan students from the neighbourhood aids in providing them with quality educational facilities. The settlement’s leadership, led by Ven. D.G. Khochhen Rinpoche is informed and supportive of all initiatives that sincerely contribute to children’s education. This was a significant factor in the founding of Kyitsel-ling in Clement Town.
HH The Dalai Lama Lays Foundation Stone
His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, lays the foundation stone.
We believe that all of the good and positive things associated with Kyitsel-ling were made possible by HH’s generosity. On November 21, 1997, the Dalai Lama laid the building’s foundation stone. The founders’ ambitious objectives at the time were hindered by initial concerns and uncertainty: would we be able to secure the necessary funding? Would we maintain it? Would this centre actually benefit Tibetan children?
All those impeding doubts were firmly removed when His Holiness blessed the site. For the founders, it was the greatest signal that they were on the right tract and the biggest source of inspiration. Today, nearly fifteen years later, we’ve touched the lives of hundreds of children and hope to continue this work for the foreseeable future.