An online resource guide
The Tibetan people and the
Tibetan Buddhist tradition have taught us so much about kindness and
compassion. Now it’s time to give back.
Here is a list of organizations
supporting Tibetans both inside Tibet and in exile, as compiled by the Shambhala Sun's Andrea Miller, as a complement to the Shambhala Sun feature article, Compassion in Action.
Note: After the April 2010 Yushu earthquake, some entries on this page were marked with this symbol: » The symbol marks organizations that are equipped to handle donations towards post-earthquake relief efforts. Please note that many of the other organizations here, rely on non-earthquake-related donations as well, and that all are worthy.
AS FEATURED IN "COMPASSION IN ACTION":
"Providing vital education, health care, cultural and environmental education in the Himalayan region." Click here to donate to post-earthquake relief efforts.
aim is to promote self-reliance and help sustain the cohesiveness
of the exile community. In Tibet, our
support is directed to orphanages, eye care and other health programs
and educational projects that aid impoverished and marginalized
Working to promote human rights and democratic freedoms for the
to donate to post-earthquake relief efforts.
Click here to read about the AHF, the Tibet Fund, and the ICT, in "Compassion in Action.
OTHER ORGANIZATIONS SUPPORTING TIBETANS IN TIBET AND IN EXILE:
"A worldwide movement of people who campaign for internationally
recognized human rights for all."
"We are focused on the well-being and self-improvement of Tibetan children. Toward that end, we create sound environments for these children to learn in, so they can go into the world with real hope of Tibet's cultural continuation."
Working to support bridge gaps between Chinese Americans and Tibetans, and more.
The website of plugged-in activist Heidiminx. Be sure to visit her links page for additional resources.
"The CTC seeks to end the ongoing destruction of the Tibetan culture,
alleviate the suffering of the Tibetan people, and restore Tibet to its
status as an independent state within the family of nations.
"We campaign for an end to the Chinese
occupation of Tibet and for the fundamental human rights of Tibetans to
"The Gere Foundation awards grants to groups that are dedicated to the
cultural preservation of Tibet and the Tibetan people; dedicated to
providing HIV/AIDS care, research and treatment and to those
organizations addressing human rights violations throughout the world.
"Initially organised by
monks, nuns, and lay people, the Gu-Chu-Sum Movement grew out of the
earnest, heartfelt wish to help the suffering Tibetans remaining in
prisons in Tibet and to provide needed support to ex-political
prisoners who have journeyed into exile."
"Committed to generating innovative ideas, supporting courageous
change, and seizing this critical moment.,
we are bringing people and communities together to build a
world now and for generations to come."
"One of the world’s leading independent organizations dedicated to
defending and protecting human rights."
International Tibet Independence Movement (ITIM) was founded by Thubten
Jigme Norbu (Taktser Rinpoche) and Larry Gerstein on March 18,
obtain Tibet's Independence through non-violent methods."
"A global coalition of Tibet-related non-governmental organisations. Its
purpose is to maximize the effectiveness of the worldwide Tibet
Humanitarian projects in the Himalayan region, coordinated by Matthieu Ricard, to provide education, medical and social services, care of the elderly, and
assistance to individuals in need. Karuna-Shechen is now able to process your earthquake relief donations. See also: our SunSpace video interview with Ricard, about Karuna-Shechen.
"Los Angeles Friends of Tibet
helps preserve the endangered Tibetan
culture and supports the Tibetan people's non-violent struggle
freedom and justice. We sponsor activities to educate the
generate interest and involvement in Tibet and we are active in
national and international Tibet support movement."
"Munsel Foundation sponsors a boarding school for young children and
adult language and math intensives along with humanitarian aid to
nomadic yak herder families in highland villages. We are locally staffed
and our projects are developed by, and with, the people we serve. We
are accepting donations for post-earthquake assistance. 100% of these emergency donations will go
directly to help our children and staff in Yushu."
Namgyal Monastery Institute of Buddhist Studies offers Western students
the opportunity to study Tibetan Buddhism in an authentic monastic
"Helping where help is needed."
"Since 1994, Students for a Free Tibet has been working to help the
Tibetan people regain their freedom. We understand the important role
students and youth have played in social justice movement throughout
history and are committed to making the same happen for Tibet.
"Surmang Foundation operates a high-quality primary clinic in the Surmang
region of Qinghai, China. It was the Foundation's first major project
and remains at the core of our other initiatives. Since construction was
finished on our clinic facilities in 1996, we have treated more than
70,000 patients for free." Click here to donate to earthquake relief.
"Dedicated to providing humanitarian
assistance to Tibetans in
Tibet and in exile. Our vision is to see the Tibetan religion and
culture remain alive
and flourish. We believe that one day His Holiness the Dalai Lama will
to a free Tibet. We hope that His example of compassion and non-violence
will be the cornerstone of all governments of the world."
Working to "promote and protect human rights of the Tibetan people in Tibet and to educate the exile Tibetan community on human rights principles and
"The Mission of Tibetan Children's Villages (TCV) is to ensure that all Tibetan
children under its care receive a sound education, a firm cultural
identity and become self-reliant and contributing members of the Tibetan
community and the world at large."
"The Tibetan Nuns Project was founded over two decades ago to provide
education and humanitarian aid to refugee nuns from Tibet and Himalayan
regions of India. The Project provides facilities and programs to
educate, empower, and improve the status of ordained Tibetan women."
"TWA's main objective is to raise public awareness
of the abuses faced by Tibetan women in Chinese-occupied Tibet.
Through extensive publicity and involvement in national and
affairs, TWA alerts communities to the gender-specific human rights
abuses committed against Tibetan women in the form of forced birth
control policies such as sterilizations and abortions, and restrictions
on religious, political, social and cultural freedoms."
"Established in 1985 with the aims of providing healthcare, education and
social economic support for people of Tibetan origin, both those living
in exile, and those living in Tibet itself."
"Dedicated to preserving Tibet’s unique culture at a time when it is
confronted with extinction on its own soil. By presenting Tibetan
civilization and its profound wisdom, beauty, and special art of freedom
to the people of the world, we hope to inspire others to join the
effort to protect and save it."
"The Tibet Humanitarian
Project supports projects to improve education, health and the
environment in Kham, Tibet. THP works in partnership with communities to
create an infrastructure for sustainable development."
"An Independent Information Service on
"The only organization devoted solely to legal advocacy for Tibet."
"The Tibet Oral History Project (TOHP) aims to preserve
the true history of the Tibetan people. At the request of His Holiness
the Dalai Lama we record the life experiences of Tibetan elders who were
forced to flee their homeland following the Chinese invasion. His
Holiness has emphasized the urgency of conducting interviews of these
elders before they pass away and their stories are lost forever. TOHP
has already videotaped the oral histories of 120 Tibetan elders living
Now taking donations for post-earthquake relief efforts.
"A non-profit international development organization based in Vancouver,
founded in 1962. We sponsor children and support development projects
Tibet, Nepal, and northern India."
"Providing ways for volunteers to give themselves and to absorb and
experience the rich culture of Tibet."
If you’re involved with a
organization that helps Tibetans and would like it added to this list,
contact Andrea Miller at acmiller<at>shambhalasun.com.