Gelek Wangmo funeral and support

$14,580 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 211 people in 11 months
Created August 10, 2018

Gelek Wangmo was tragically killed in a multi-vehicle accident near Jasper, Alberta on Tuesday, August 7th.  

Gelek Wangmo was born in Tuting in northern India as a Tibetan refugee.  She was sponsored by Project Tibet Society under the Tibetan Resettlement Project which brought 1000 displaced Tibetans to Canada.  She arrived in Calgary in July 2015.  

Since coming to Canada, she has lived in Banff and was employed as a housekeeper at Rimrock Resorts Hotel.  She was also working part-time at an Indian restaurant in Banff.  She was working to support her family in India and was saving money for a trip in the winter to visit her aging mother.  

On Tuesday, she  was returning to Banff, from a day-trip in Jasper with three co-worker friends from the Indian restaurant, when their vehicle was involved in a head-on accident with a north bound vehicle.  According to eye witnesses, both vehicles burst into flames almost immediately.   All four occupants in their vehicle were killed and two bodies have burnt beyond any recognition.   Two occupants in the other vehicle were also killed.  

Gelek Wangmo (37) was single. She does not have any immediate family in Canada.

This fundraising is to help with the funeral arrangements, prayers services and to offer financial support to her family.

Project Tibet Society sponsored Gelek Wangmo as part of the resettlement of 1000 displaced Tibetans to Canada.  Gelek does not have any immediate family member in Canada.  Project Tibet Society has assumed all the responsibilities to assist her family in India with funeral arrangements and fundraising.  Gross receipt from this and other fundraising efforts will be given to her family in Tuting, India. 



Click here for Global News - Calgary's coverage on Gelek. 


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Funeral service and cremation for Gelek Wangmo was held this afternoon. Her brother Dechen Woeser is visiting from India and was in attendance. Thank you all for your generosity.
Funeral and cremation service for Gelek
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With apologies for the long delay in providing update.
1. Medical examiners office has identified and issued report to confirm Gelek Wangmo as the deceased.
2. Senior Canadian immigration officials have agreed to my request to issue a visitor visa for her brother to come to Canada to help with estate management and funeral service. We expect her brother to make the journey in early November.
3. Cremation service will be done in Canada once the brother is here.

4. Please share and continue to donate.

Thank you,

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Today marks the second week since the passing of Gelek Wangmo. Weekly prayers are being held in Calgary and at her family home in Tuting.

Due to lack of dental records and the state of the body, the Coroner’s office has yet to complete with the identification of the body.

Since she did not leave a will, we expect additional challenges dealing with her estate.

Please continue to share this campaign within your network. Thank you for your generous support to help her dependent families in India.
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We are busy helping sort out estate issues. The Coroner's office has not released the body yet. Investigation is ongoing. We are still looking for ways to bring her brother to Canada hopefully in time for the funeral service and also to assist and manage the estate issues. Please continue to share and donate.
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$14,580 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 211 people in 11 months
Created August 10, 2018
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