Tibet Foundation

Aid to Tibet

Karma Hardy and an elderly Tibetan at Boomsar Old People's Home. Sershul. Photo Jon Aldridge/ATTThe "Aid to Tibet" programme is aimed at empowering Tibetans in their own homeland.

Getting permission to work inside Tibet has never been easy. It took a number of years meeting different government officials and getting to understand the system properly. It was in 1992 that the Foundation was able to start its first Aid to Tibet projects in Tibet Autonomous Region and Kandze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture.

The focus of our work is education, health-care and the relief of poverty. Our policy is that any project in Tibet that we support has to be a project initiated by local people, and has approval from the government. Details are negotiated with local government members, with support from the authorities in Beijing. Representatives appointed by Tibet Foundation supervise and monitor our projects on a regular basis.

With this understanding we have successfully undertaken a number of Aid to Tibet projects in the past 20 years. In fact the Foundation has become one of very few Tibetan led charities in the West that continues to remain active in running charitable programmes in Tibet.

Currently, we operate mainly in Tibetan areas in Sichuan and Qinghai provinces. Our on-going projects include our support to schools, hospitals and clinics, assistance to elderly and disabled people, the preservation of Tibetan medicine and arts, and the provision of emergency relief. Since the 2010 earthquake in Yushu, we have undertaken a series of projects, which we believe has long-term positive impact among the community.