Doctor's orders? See a doctor!
Most Tibetans in Tashiling Settlement, like in the other Tibetan refugee camps around Pokhara, barely make ends meet selling souvenirs to tourists. Discouraged by unaffordable fees, many used to wait to see a doctor until their illnesses became severe, or until it was too late. It was heartbreaking to see them—mostly children and elders—suffering from treatable conditions, so AHF started a medical grant in 2002 to help improve the health and well-being of the poorest residents.
A small amount goes a very long way in this poor but gracious community. $2,000 takes care of doctor visits for 173 residents for a year, and another $1,000 guarantees emergency care for the most destitute, everything from asthma to a sudden miscarriage or heart problems.
Last year Tashiling needed help of a different kind. Although the camp was spared the worst from the earthquakes in the spring of 2015, fifteen homes were badly cracked, along with the camp’s Shri Dhargyeling Monastery. With no savings, and ineligible for any kind of state aid, they were desperate. So we funded the repairs to make their homes and the monastery safe again for these refugees who had already been through so much. The work was finished in May.