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1 1", "r. - December 31,2008 Your COM/IUNITV Page 11 m Tibet From page I a solar hot water system at the orphanage. To raise funds for these projects, monks from the Gyudmed Monastery created sand mandalas; presented dharma talks, guided meditations, prayer ceremonies and art crafts; and sold Tibetan handicrafts during tours of the United States in 2002 and 2003 and Russia in 2004. "My sister was taking the monks on the tour where they do their mandalas," Fireman said. TLC and the store grew out of that. In 1959, the Dalai Lama fled Tibet under Chinese rule into exile in India, according to TLC. Thousands have followed and continue to flee systematic persecution. After more than 50 years, great poverty exists in most Tibetan refugee settlements, according to TLC. Tibetan refugees in India have a difficult time earning a living in an already poverty-stricken host country. The first refugees are now old and must rely on their children and other family members who have a problem supporting even A variety of Tibetan items are for sale, including music, pouches, purses and more. Below is a new building under construction at Manjushree V'tdy- apith Orphanage. It will include a kitchen, dining hall, study hall and cultural center. Below right, are shirts for sale in many colors. themselves. The orphanage is home to 108 children, including 80 orphans, 18 destitute children and 10 physically disabled children. The orphanage runs a school through the fifth grade. It started with one building, eight rooms and 17 orphans. The store is located in a building owned by John Cvitanich, who is providing the space free of charge. "I hope they make some money for the cause," he said. 2 x 6 Western Red $1.49LF Among the items available at the Tibet store are these colorful wall hangings, which can be used to hold mail or other papers.