TinSo Aged Care Fund has been established on 21st January 2011 to provide much needed services to the elderly Tibetan refugees in India. "TinSo" is a Tibetan word, meaning "repaying kindness". It is because of the kindness of these senior Tibetan refugees that the Tibet's civilization has had a second rebirth in the free world when it is on the brink of being exterminated in Tibet due to the repressive policies of the PRC. His Holiness The Dalai Lama says preserving Tibetan and Buddhist values is of benefits to the world: "It's a culture of peace, a culture of non-violence, a culture of compassion".
The generation of adult Tibetans who fled to India in the late 1950s are now in their 70s. Due to the lack of employment opportunities in the settlement areas and insufficient income from farming, many of the younger Tibetans have had to leave for work in the cities or overseas. Consequently, many of the older generation are left to care for themselves in their home. Furthermore, many still have to continue heavy farm work to support themselves and children.
Mission Statement: The primary aim of the TinSo fund is to facilitate and support the aged Tibetan refugees to staying physically and socially active, and feeling connected to their community and loved ones. TinSo is aimed at aged Tibetans who choose or live in their own house.