Tibet Relief Fund
Tibet Relief Fund was founded in 1959, within months of the Dalai Lama arriving in India following his escape from Tibet. Thousands of Tibetans followed him, crossing the Himalayas on foot to begin a life in exile as refugees. Today, the need is a great as ever; many Tibetans still choose to risk their lives to escape China’s rule; inside Tibet rural communities and nomads live in grinding poverty with little or no healthcare or access to education
Tibet Relief Fund works with Tibetans in India, Nepal and inside Tibet funding programmes to provide healthcare and education. We also promote self-sufficiency and sustainability amongst Tibetan communities, through innovative youth employment and community-building initiatives. In addition we run a sponsorship programme for nearly 1,000 children and the elderly.
Tsering on a field visit to Namgyal Higher Secondary School in Nepal
Tsering co-ordinates Tibet Relief Fund’s sponsorship programme that supports Tibetan refugee children through school, older students at university or on vocational training courses, living costs for exiled Tibetan monks and nuns and provides for elderly Tibetans who have no other means of support.
Give Tibetan refugee children a future through education
Education is enormously important for Tibetans living in exile; it provides the tools for building sustainable futures. Through sponsorship Tibetan children, like these attending Namgyal Middle School in Kathmandu, can be assured a good education and nurturing environment
Help provide comfort and security for vulnerable older Tibetans
Jampaling Old People’s Home near Pokhara in western Nepal. Many elderly Tibetans have no family in exile or means of support. Most refugee settlements have an old people’s homes where elders can feel secure and have company, but they need support to cover their food, heating and healthcare.
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