By Lobsang Wangyal
McLEOD GANJ, India, 18 April 2019
A seven-member delegation from Tibet — les Enfants de l’Espoir (Hope for Tibetan Children), from Nantes, France, is on a tour of Dharamshala, meeting with the top leaders of the Central Tibetan Administration.
President of the association Ghislaine Rigamonti led the delegation, accompanied by its 83-year-old Vice President Michel Aubert.
They met with CTA President Lobsang Sangay, Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament-in-exile Pema Jungney, and Minister of the Department of Education Pema Yangchen.
Sangay expressed his appreciation to the members for their support and efforts in the education of Tibetan children, which he said required the most attention.
Pema Jungney received them in his chambers and explained about the current Tibetan situation, and later showed them the Tibetan Parliament house.
The delegation is on a three-week tour of India, visiting the Central Tibetan Administration, Tibetan schools around Dharamshala, and the Norbulingka Institute for Tibetan Arts and Crafts.
They will leave for South India to visit The Dalai Lama Institute for Higher Education in Bengaluru, and Tibetan Children’s Village School in Bylakupee.
President of the association Ghislaine Rigamonti told Tibet Sun that she has been coming to Dharamshala for many years to meet the children and visit the schools.
Currently the association is supporting the education of 60 children, mostly in Bylakuppe TCV School. They also help four elderly people — one in McLeod Ganj, and three in Nepal.
“I am very happy with the progress of the lives of the children we support. They are all doing very well with their education,” Rigamonti said.
“Their progress is inspiring us to do more, but right now due to the economic crisis in Europe, money is not easy, but we will try our best.”
The association has adopted ten more children for their education during this tour.
Tibet — les Enfants de l’Espoir provides financial assistance for the education of Tibetan children in India and Nepal, as well as supports a few elderly people.
Rigamonti said her friend Phurbu Dolma started the association in 2006, but after Phurubu’s untimely passing in 2012, she took charge as president.
Nyima Gyalpo, the Administrator of the association, met with the Prime Minister of France Édouard Philippe in October last year.
“I was able to thank him for supporting the Tibetan people and their cause, and for having around seven thousand Tibetans in France,” Gyalpo said.
The association organise events to spread awareness about Tibet, as well as to raise funds. At their request to the Mayor of Nantes, the Tibetan national flag has been hoisted at the city hall on 10 March every year since 2008 to mark the anniversary of the Tibetan people’s Uprising Day.