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Mr. Tsewang Rinchen Rishing (1914 – 1982)

Tsewang Rinchen Rishing was born in the Gyal Tsekyi-Khar region of Tibet.
Following in the footsteps of the Tibetan exodus from Communist China’s invasion of Tibet, Rishing sought refuge in Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim in 1962.

Eventually arriving in Dharamsala Mr. Rishing was twice appointed a Community Leader and became a member of the Third and Fourth Tibetan People’s Deputies in Dharamsala for two terms of three years.

Following his close observation of the absence of any medical facilities, and the dire need for one among Tibetan refugees, Mr. Rishing presented a proposal to His Holiness the Dalai Lama for a modest plot of land with a small room or two for the purpose of an allopathic clinic. The proposal was well received by His Holiness with a suggestion that Mr. Rishing planned a much larger project, and the idea of an allopathic Hospital was born.Between the foundation stone being laid and completion of the construction, Mr. Rishing’s project was challenged by continued financial hurdles forcing him, at one stage, to leave his wife’s prized traditional Tibetan jewellery as collateral for loans. (Fortunately in time redeemed!) Finally, on the 4th October, 1971, the Tibetan Delek Hospital was officially named and inaugurated by His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama, Patron of this first Tibetan allopathic hospital. Mr. Rishing administered the Hospital until the end of 1978, after which the Institution was handed over to the Tibetan Government in Exile, to be administered by the Department of Health.

On January 3, 1982, Tsewang Rinchen Rishing passed away at the age of 63. Today, we pay tribute to the man who saw a need in our community and committed himself to fulfilling that need. The vision of founder are celebrate each year on Founder’s Day in his honor.