NGOs

These are some Non-Governmental Organizations - NGOs that work regularly and effectively in Tibet.

Featured NGO: A.S.I.A.- Association for International Solidarity in Asia.

The Mission of A.S.I.A. is to preserve the past while helping to prepare the future for the people of Tibet. Founded by Prof. Namkhai Norbu in 1988, it works to sustain Tibetan culture and support economic, social, and cultural development for Tibetans primarily in the ethnically Tibetan areas of China but also refugees in India and Nepal. Since its inception A.S.I.A. has raised and expended over $15 million US in donations on over 150 projects across the entire geographic spectrum of Tibet and in other ethnically Tibetan areas. These interventions have been in health, education, emergency relief, cultural and environmental protection, water sanitation, infrastructure, and training.

A.S.I.A. administers 14 schools, 10 medical clinics and fully supports; the primary and secondary education of over 1,500 children, training of monks and nuns preserving their religious traditions, and elderly people in need of economic assistance. For over two decades A.S.I.A. has been able to continuously operate in the politically, environmentally, and logistically difficult environment of Tibet. Transparency, cultural sensitivity, local project support, measurable outcomes, and financial accountability are all requirements for projects undertaken. They currently have many projects underway. While focused on ethnically Tibetan areas these also include some recent projects in tsunami-devastated Sri Lanka as true compassion has no borders.

A.S.I.A. has collaborated extensively with many different offices of both the UN and the EU along with the governments of; Italy, France, Ireland, the Netherlands, Finland, Australia, and Luxembourg and with other NGOs. ASIA has successfully maintained these relationships for many years through their overall competence and by satisfying the highest standards of reporting and accountability.

An example of one of A.S.I.A.'s concerns for the Tibet population is their high mortality rates. This is true for diseases such as TB that could easily be combated with proper information and prevention measures yet which still remains an anachronistic scourge afflicting a significant segment of the Tibetan population. Another problem of grave concern is the high neonatal and maternal death rates. They often needlessly suffer pre-mature death due to a lack of access to childbirth training and proper post-partum care.To learn more about our efforts in this and other development sectors, please visit the website and click on the projects tab. Thank you.

www.asia-ngo.org/en

Other NGOs that work in Tibet:

Drokpa

Drokpa, which means "nomad" in Tibetan, is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting pastoral ways of life across the Himalaya, Tibetan Plateau, and Central Asia. Using simple tools and replicable strategies, Drokpa's collaborative work addresses some of the most pressing problems faced by pastoral communities: poor health, fuel and fodder shortages, and lack of education and economic opportunities, as well access to markets and services. We believe that creative solutions to these adversities can come from within the knowledge systems that have kept these communities vibrant for centuries.

ONE H.E.A.R.T.

The Mission of One H.E.A.R.T. is to save the lives of Tibetan women and children, one birth at a time. Saving the lives of Tibetan women and their children is of utmost urgency for the survival of the Tibetan people and culture. Improving maternal health and reducing child mortality have globally been recognized as vital to promoting development and eradicating poverty, as set out in the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.

The Tibetan society is one of the few in the world where there is no tradition of trained birth attendants. Poor nutrition, lack of trained health personnel, long travel distances, and limited access to emergency care all place Tibetan women and infants at high risk of birth-related deaths. The vast majority of births take place at high altitude, in a cold environment, and without access to electricity or health care. More than 95% of Tibetan women give birth at home. Most babies are delivered with the help only of the mother or the mother-in-law whose sole assistance is the cutting of the cord. Amazingly, many Tibetan women deliver their babies completely on their own. http://www.onehearttibet.org/.

Trace Foundation

Since 1993 Trace Foundation has been supporting the continuity of Tibetan culture and language, and strengthening the ability of Tibetan communities within China to meet their own needs. We implement and fund projects that integrate culture and development goals and respect environmental principles. Our projects fall within four sectors:

  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Rural Development
  • Culture

The Foundation works cooperatively with local partners in order to bring about long-term social and environmental benefits, and ensure that communities are at the center of the development process.

Trace Foundation is a non-profit, non-governmental organization based in New York City with field offices in China. It has no political or religious affiliations.

The Bridge Fund

The Bridge Fund, established in 1996, strives to fulfill its mission of promoting sustainable economic development, environmental conservation and cultural heritage preservation in Tibetan communities in China. The Bridge Fund’s priority is to assist the most disadvantaged of these communities, which lack or have limited access to economic opportunities, technical skills, education, and health care. Current programs are focused on education, healthcare, cultural preservation, business, environment and community development.

www.bridgefund.org/

Tibet Poverty Alleviation Fund

Since its establishment in 1998, the Tibet Poverty Alleviation Fund (TPAF) has been helping poor and disadvantaged Tibetan families and communities to participate more actively in Tibet’s rapidly expanding modern cash economy, and thereby increasing their incomes and improving their living standards. In recent years we supported skills training and cottage and village enterprise development, enabling Tibetans to secure steady employment in rural and urban enterprises.

During the 1998-2007 period, TPAF received support valued at over $ 5 million from foundations, governments, non-governmental organizations and individual donors located in Asia, Europe and the United States. This support has resulted in measurable changes in the lives of Tibetans TPAF currently cooperates directly with local Tibetan individuals, families and communities, implementing projects in the areas of:

  • Household and small enterprise development:
  • Tibetan artisan products promotion and cultural preservation
  • Rural and urban employable skills training
  • Villager health, nutrition and hygiene behavior changes;
  • Cultural and eco-tourism development; and
  • Improved living conditions for children in orphanages.
http://www.tpaf.org/