PRESENTATION

PRESENTATION

On December 7, 2007 at a private audience with THSF in Milan, His Holiness the Dalai Lama thanked our foundation and Ticino for the humanitarian work supported in the past, and made a specific appeal for THSF to continue to support the urgent aid needed for the Tibetan refugee camps in India and throughout the Himalayan region. These refugee camps, originally intended as temporary settlements to house the millions of Tibetans fleeing Tibet, have since the 1960s become permanent colonies often housing two or three generations of Tibetans. The Indian Government has a list of SOS appeals to help a number of these settlements, and THSF chooses one project every year to underwrite. Last year, we successfully raised funds to build water pipes in the Tibetan settlement of Bhandara.This year our fund-raising appeal is to help build flood protection for the AGLING SETTLEMENT in Ladakh, India. We have committed to raise CHF 58,000 (INR 1,993,941) during 2008 in order to build protection from the devastation brought by monsoon floods that will save lives and prevent major destruction to this village of Tibetan refugees.

ABOUT THE AGLING PROJECT:Project Title: 

Construction of Flood Protection Bund at Agling

Project Location

Sonamling Tibetan Settlement, Leh, Ladakh

Project Holder

Office of the Chief RepresentativeSonamling Tibetan SettlementP.O. Chohlamsar – 194104Leh, Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir State

Project Duration: 

One YearProject BudgetRs. 4,193,941.00Secured Fund: Rs. 2,200,000.00Fund Requested: Rs. 1,993,941.00 = approx. CHF 58,000BackgroundAgling Tibetan settlement in Ladakh was established in early 70’s and is the home to a total population of about 2,000 people. Their main occupation are cultivation and hard-labor jobs. The settlement camps are located about 9 Kms from the settlement office, Choglamsar, and 5 Kms from the town of Leh, and are situated at the height about 11000 ft. above sea level. The main crops of the location are wheat, barley, peas, oats, etc. 90% of the total population are poor and living under poverty line due to low agricultural yield and have no major other sources of income. The people are allotted a few acres of land for their livelihood, but due to the aridity of the soil, scarcity, poor irrigation facilities and harsh climatic conditions, they cannot subsist on cultivation only and have been forced to work on casual labor on road and building construction in nearby military units to supplement their family income. The housing, sanitation facilities, power and water supplies are inadequate to maintain the basic health of the people. The meagre agriculture produce cannot meet the demand for both animals and human consumption. The flood from Leh Gangla River is also becoming a high risk for these people. Objectives- To erect permanent concrete structure flood protection bund from the mainstream of Gangla river.- To provide livelihood security of the people of Agling camp.-To control flood from Leh Gangla river. RationaleUnprecedented floods occurred in some of the Tibetan camps in Agling due to overflow of Leh Gangla river on August 2, 2006. The worst affected areas were Agling camps no. 8 & 9, where about 56 acres of standing crops, plantation, cow sheds, boundary walls and other agriculture land sites were washed away. In addition, the existing main irrigation canal between camps no. 8 and 9 was completely cut and now there are no sources of irrigation water for the agriculture land. The problems of this flood have also been experienced in year 2005 with equally heavy losses for the residents of the Agling settlement. This widespread destruction was reported to the District Administration Authorities for necessary consideration for re-construction of damaged canal and compensation for loss of crops, but so far they have not taken any solid action.The floods from Leh Gangla river are now becoming a regular phenomenon and there is every chance that they might cause unthinkable heavy damages to the life and property of the residents of the Agling settlement in future too, until and unless some very strong measures to control such flood without which the livelihood and survival of the residents are very difficult and threatened.

Project Holder: Office of the Chief RepresentativeSonamling Tibetan SettlementP.O. Chohlamsar – 194104Leh, Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir StateProject Duration: One YearProject BudgetRs. 4,193,941.00Secured Fund: Rs. 2,200,000.00Fund Requested: Rs. 1,993,941.00 = approx. CHF 58,000BackgroundAgling Tibetan settlement in Ladakh was established in early 70’s and is the home to a total population of about 2,000 people. Their main occupation are cultivation and hard-labor jobs. The settlement camps are located about 9 Kms from the settlement office, Choglamsar, and 5 Kms from the town of Leh, and are situated at the height about 11000 ft. above sea level. The main crops of the location are wheat, barley, peas, oats, etc. 90% of the total population are poor and living under poverty line due to low agricultural yield and have no major other sources of income. The people are allotted a few acres of land for their livelihood, but due to the aridity of the soil, scarcity, poor irrigation facilities and harsh climatic conditions, they cannot subsist on cultivation only and have been forced to work on casual labor on road and building construction in nearby military units to supplement their family income. The housing, sanitation facilities, power and water supplies are inadequate to maintain the basic health of the people. The meagre agriculture produce cannot meet the demand for both animals and human consumption. The flood from Leh Gangla River is also becoming a high risk for these people. Objectives- To erect permanent concrete structure flood protection bund from the mainstream of Gangla river.- To provide livelihood security of the people of Agling camp.-To control flood from Leh Gangla river. RationaleUnprecedented floods occurred in some of the Tibetan camps in Agling due to overflow of Leh Gangla river on August 2, 2006. The worst affected areas were Agling camps no. 8 & 9, where about 56 acres of standing crops, plantation, cow sheds, boundary walls and other agriculture land sites were washed away. In addition, the existing main irrigation canal between camps no. 8 and 9 was completely cut and now there are no sources of irrigation water for the agriculture land. The problems of this flood have also been experienced in year 2005 with equally heavy losses for the residents of the Agling settlement. This widespread destruction was reported to the District Administration Authorities for necessary consideration for re-construction of damaged canal and compensation for loss of crops, but so far they have not taken any solid action.The floods from Leh Gangla river are now becoming a regular phenomenon and there is every chance that they might cause unthinkable heavy damages to the life and property of the residents of the Agling settlement in future too, until and unless some very strong measures to control such flood without which the livelihood and survival of the residents are very difficult and threatened.

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