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Tibet-US-Settlements-2014Dharamshala: - The Tibetan Community of New York and New Jersey Thursday [5 June] formally adopted two Tibetan settlements in India as part of the Sister Shichak project of the Central Tibetan Administration's 14th Kashag.

Kalon Dolma Gyari of the Department of Home announced the adoption of the two settlements by the US-based Tibetan community. She expressed her gratitude towards the Tibetan community of New York and New Jersey for taking the lead in the Sister Shichak project.

"The Sister Shichak project was initiated by the 14th Kashag as per its three guiding principles of Unity, Innovation and Self-Reliance. The project is currently administered by the Department of Home and is aimed to create a self-reliant Tibetan society by enhancing the economic and social well-being of the settlements with the help of the Tibetan communities in the west. The project also fosters closer community relationship between Tibetan settlements in India, Nepal and Bhutan, and the Tibetan communities in western countries to benefit both the communities," she said.

The Tibetan Community of New York and New Jersey is one of the oldest Tibetan communities in the US. The conduct several programs and awareness campaigns to safeguard Tibetan culture and promote the cause of Tibet.

A four member delegation from the community's Board of Directors including President Kunga Thinley, Vice-President Kelsang Gyatso and, co-ordinators Lobsang Samdup and Samten Sammy recently visited the two Tibetan settlements to review the condition of the settlements. The delegation was accompanied by Home Secretary Sonam Topgyal Khorlatsang during the visit.

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