His Holiness the Dalai Lama's younger sister and Chairman of the Tibetan Children's Village along with Kalon Tempa Tsering, Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in India were conferred Honorary Citizenship Award at the Thiene (Italy), on 27 January 2008 by Mrs. Maria Rita Busetti, the Mayor of Thiene Municipality, a
city in the Northern Italian province of Vicenza in recognition of their exemplary work in the exiled community-education of thousands of Tibetan refugee children for the future of Tibet.
In her speech, Mrs. Jetsun Pema thanked the dignitaries and said, "At this critical time for Tibetans, as refugees, receiving such support is very encouraging for us. Your support to us does send a message to China. I deeply appreciate the solidarity of (H)elp in different parts of the world and I ask you to continue to help Tibetan Children in future."As part of the visit, they attended a public forum on "Human Rights in China" and also took time meeting school students of Thiene city.
They were honoured jointly by 14 municipalities in the province of Vicenza that are involved internationally in a peace promoting body called (H)elp. (H)elp has been active in promoting many peace related initiatives and practical solidarity in different parts of the world. This year they are dedicated to Tibet. The fourteen municipalities recognized that Tibetan people, like any another people of the world, has the same right to self-determination and, civil and religious rights. Mayors of all the fourteen municipalities were present at the ceremony.