The Tibetan Refugee Self Help Centre in Darjeeling, West Bengal, India, was established in 1959 after the Chinese invaded Tibet, causing many to flee and live in exile. The Centre focuses on training refugees to provide them useful and marketable skills in the production and sale of traditional handicrafts, with the wider goal of passing these skills on to future generations to ensure the survival of their culture. This self-help philosophy is the most effective way of economic, social, cultural and spiritual rehabilitation. The Centre also provides free housing, food, medical care and clothing to many orphaned, elderly and infirm refugees as well as a variety of adult education classes.
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