Want to support the people of Tibet and their spiritual leader, His Holiness the Dalai Lama? We’ve gathered information and links for some of the many fine organizations who do just that.
Since 1981, the Tibet Fund has been the primary funding organization for health care, education, refugee rehabilitation, religious and cultural preservation, elder care, and community and economic development programs serving more than 140,000 Tibetan refugees in India, Nepal, and Bhutan. In Tibet, their support is directed to orphanages, eye care, and other health programs, and educational projects that aid impoverished and marginalized Tibetans.
Based in Washington, D.C., the International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) promotes human rights and democratic freedoms for the people of Tibet. ICT monitors and reports on human rights, environmental, and socioeconomic conditions in Tibet; advocates for Tibetans imprisoned for their political or religious beliefs; works internationally with governments and institutions; and promotes self-determination for the Tibetan people through negotiations between the Chinese government and the Dalai Lama.
The mission of Tibetan Children’s Villages (TCV) is to ensure that all Tibetan children under its care receive a sound education and a firm cultural identity, and become self-reliant and contributing members of the Tibetan community and the world at large. TCV works to provide parental care and love to Tibetan children, to develop their understanding of Tibetan identity and culture, and to provide effective life and career guidance for social and citizenship skills.
The Lha Charitable Trust is a one of the largest Tibetan social work organizations based in Dharamsala, India. It provide vital resources for Tibetan refugees, the local Indian population, and people across the Himalayan region.
Based in New York City, Tibet House US is dedicated to preserving Tibet’s unique culture at a time when it is confronted with extinction on its own soil. It was founded at the request of the Dalai Lama, who at its opening in 1987 stated his wish for a long-term cultural institution to ensure the survival of Tibetan civilization and culture, no matter what happens in Tibet politically.
The American Himalayan Foundation was founded to respond to the pressing problems of environmental degradation, lack of basic health care and education, and loss of traditional ways of life for the people of the Himalayas. The Foundation builds schools and supports students, trains doctors and funds hospitals, cares for children and elders, and plants trees and restores sacred sites.
Karuna-Shechen provides quality health care, education, and social services to individuals and families in the poorest communities in Tibet, Nepal, and India. It places special emphasis on the empowerment of women and young girls and the preservation of cultural heritage.
The Dalai Lama Foundation supports the development of a shared global capacity for ethics and peace, based on a nondogmatic ethic of compassion. By applying the principles of innovation, leverage, and measurability from best practices from the business world, it strives to bring His Holiness’ ideas and teachings into practice.
Based in Dharamsala, the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy works to protect human rights in Tibet and promote the principles of democracy in the exile Tibetan community. The Centre’s all-Tibetan staff recognizes the reality of living under occupation and of being born in exile. The Centre gathers up-to-date information on human rights abuses in Tibet and brings them to the world’s attention.
The Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education is inspired by the Dalai Lama’s vision for twenty-first-century education. By sharing current research, scientific knowledge, resources, and best practices related to social and emotional learning, the Center is a leading advocate for change in how we educate our children.
Founded by the actor and longtime student of the Dalai Lama, the Gere Foundation is a grant-giving organization that supports the Tibetan people and the preservation of Tibetan culture, Buddhist publications and translations, and humanitarian causes, with a focus on human rights, disaster relief, and HIV/AIDS.
The Trans-Himalayan Aid Society (TRAS) was founded in 1962 by famed Canadian writer George Woodcock and his wife, Inge, to aid Tibetan refugees in India, Nepal, and Bhutan. Over time, its work has expanded to include Indian villages and rural development projects in Nepal. TRAS currently funds thirteen projects in the Himalayan region, ranging from computer courses for women in Nepal to school lunches in Sikkim.
The Tibetan Nuns Project (TNP) was founded in 1987 under the auspices of the Tibetan Women’s Association and the Department of Religion and Culture of H. H. the Dalai Lama. TNP educates and empowers nuns of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition as teachers and leaders and offers support to educational institutions that preserve the Tibetan religion and culture. They currently support seven Tibetan Buddhist nunneries and over 700 nuns in India and also provide emergency shelter and medical care to refugee nuns.