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Tibet-France-2014-LadakhDharamshala: - The French Tibetan Association formally adopted Sonamling a Tibetan settlement based in Ladakh in the Northern Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, under the 'Sister Shichak' initiative of the 14th Kashag.

A representative from the French Tibetan Association also went to visit the Tibetan settlement last week.

The 'Sister Shichak' programme is an initiative taken on by the 14th Kashag led by Sikyong Dr. Lobsang Sangay to strengthen ties between Tibetans living in the west with the Tibetans residing in India, Nepal and Bhutan. It is based on Unity, Innovation and Self-Reliance, the three guiding principles that are part of the 14th Kashag.

According to the Tibetan administration, the initiative aims for the Tibetan communities in the West to extend a helping hand to needy Tibetan settlements based in India, Nepal and Bhutan. To enhance financial, cultural and social co-operation, and establish a strong bond with them. The Central Tibetan Administration has identified 10 Tibetan settlements under this initiative.

In early of June this year, the Tibetan Community of New York and New Jersey took the lead in the 'Sister Shichak' initiative by formally adopting Norgyeling (Bhandara) Tibetan Settlement in Maharashtra state and Rabgyeling (Hunsur) Tibetan settlement in Karnataka state of India.