Presentation by Thondup Tsering on "Kid 382"

March 15, 2014

Thondup Tsering, a community organizer from Amherst, will offer a presentation, entitled “Kid 382,” at Southern Vermont College (SVC) on Wednesday, April 9 (originally scheduled for March 12). The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place at 6:30 p.m. in Hunter Hall’s Greenberg Atrium. A reception will follow where guests may personally speak with Tsering.

Tsering’s presentation is a story of a Tibetan refugee boy named “Kid 382,” the story of Tibet and the work of the Tibetan Children’s Village, the largest Tibetan Non-Governmental Organization in India for the care of over 15,000 Tibetan refugee children. Through hard work and support from strangers, Kid 382 works his way from the streets of India to a professional career in the United States.

Through the story of Kid 382, the power of a single person who transforms many lives is similar to the book “Outcasts United” by Warren St. John, which was given to first-year students at SVC’s orientation before the Fall 2013 semester.

“Outcasts United” is the story of a refugee soccer team, a remarkable female coach and a small southern town turned upside down by the process of refugee resettlement. It's about resilience, how one person can make a difference and the challenge of creating community in a place where people seem to have little in common.

In addition to his position at the University of Massachusetts, Tsering is the co-founder and owner of Lhasa Café in Northampton, Mass. He was born in Saka, western Tibet, and, as a child, Tsering and his family left Tibet for India, crossing the Himalayas on foot. “I think Tibetan culture and tradition has a lot to offer in making…this world a better place for everyone,” said Tsering.

Tsering is affiliated with the Tibetan community in Amherst, UMass Students for a Free Tibet  chapter and the Tibetan National Congress. He received a Master of Education degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

For more information on Tsering’s presentation, contact SVC’s Office of Communications at 802-447-6388 or communications@svc.edu.