The Nepal Earthquake Hits Home for Nepalese and Tibetan Nannies in San Francisco


Chirp Nanny, Tsering Chodon


Many of Chirp’s clients have benefited tremendously from having nannies from Nepal and Tibet who provide responsible, loving care for their children. One of these nannies is Tsering Chodon.

Tsering was born and raised in a Tibetan refugee settlement in India. But she knew when she came to America in 2004 that she wanted to earn a living helping people—a quality instilled in her from a young age. She first started working in rest homes with the elderly, but when she learned that it was possible to earn a living taking care of children, she knew that would be the perfect fit.

Tsering’s parents taught her the Tibetan way of taking care of children, which involves a spirit of cooperation, and she finds that it works very well. Maintaining her Tibetan roots in childcare and other areas of her life is important to Tsering. She wants to ensure the rich culture of her heritage—language, songs, dances, politics and religion—is passed on to her 14-year-old daughter.

Tsering and her family are active volunteers in the Tibetan Community in the East Bay, so when she suggested that Chirp solicit donations for the Nepal earthquake relief efforts through the San Francisco Regional Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC), we were privileged to help.

TYC has set up Earthquake Relief Aid for Nepal and is working with Nepal’s regional chapters of TYC to provide water, food, tents, blankets and medicine. TYC has been extremely effective in providing help to the people of Nepal because they speak the local language, and have a large network of locals and professionals throughout the region.

By now, we’ve all seen the devastating images from Nepal after the 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck on April 25th. It’s clear the people of Tibet and Nepal need our help.

Chirp Connecting Families and Nannies, LLC has been honored and fortunate to receive the support of Tsering and many more among the Tibetan and Nepalese community. Tibetans have been so wonderful with families here—it’s time for us to help support theirs.

If you would like to donate:

Please make your check payable to SFRTYC and mail it to 1707 Chestnut St., Berkeley, CA 94702. If you’d prefer to drop off cash or check in the Berkeley/Albany/El Cerrito area, please drop it off to Cafe Tibet, located at 2020 University Ave., in Berkeley.

The SFRTYC has been collecting donations for the Earthquake Relief fund since April 25th. So far they have sent $5,000 to the TYC via Western Union and are receiving direct updates daily on where the funds are being allocated. This approach allows the organization to assure donors that 100% of the funds being donated are going directly to the relief efforts.