In the mountain area of Tibet, an 82-year-old man sat in a doorway. He was blind and so disabled from arthritis that he could
barely move. His house was so cold in the wintertime that
he came out to sit in the weak rays of the sun to try to warm
himself. Imagine yourself in his circumstances. (Amjee) Keyzom
Bhutti was so moved by his plight that she gave him as much
money and clothing as she could, but there were so many people
like him. Nearby his friend, a 75-year-old woman, was totally
paralyzed by arthritis. Dr. Bhutti put her coat around the
woman's shoulders because the woman's arms could
not bend to put the coat on.
Tibetan culture developed over thousands of years in a land rich in resources and proud traditions. In recent times, the way of life of the Tibetan people have changed.
Life is especially hard for elderly Tibetan people living
in the countryside and the high mountains with no one to support
them. They need food and health care, but they have very little to no
income. They often lack the basic necessities of life, such
as clean water and sanitation, to help them stay healthy.
Their lives are very poor and unhappy.
For many years in Darjeeling, India, Dr. (Amjee) Keyzom Bhutti
offered a portion of her salary at each Tibetan New Year to
help elderly Tibetan people in need. Since coming to the United
States, she has continued this practice. But the need is far
greater than one person's ability to help.
You can make a difference in the lives of these elders by
giving generously to Tibet Elderly Help. Any contribution
you make will go a long way in communities where many elders
struggle to get by on less than one dollar per day.