Tibet Relief Fund works to empower Tibetans to build sustainable communities and better futures through education and innovative practical grassroots initiatives.
Over 100,000 Tibetans are refugees living in exile, having fled their country to escape China’s occupation; Tibetans living inside Tibet are economically marginalised, many live as nomads or in remote areas of Tibet with little or no access to education or medical facilities.
Founded in late July 1959, within months of the Dalai Lama arriving in India, Tibet Relief Fund has been working with Tibetans to develop sustainable futures, both in Tibet and in exile. Since then, Tibet Relief Fund has funded many vital projects covering a wide span of need. According to the UK-based organisation, both for those in exile in India and Nepal to build better and sustainable futures, and for those who live in rural communities or as nomads inside Tibet, who need the tools to rise out of grinding poverty and to be able to access healthcare and education.
Tibet Relief Fund continues to work with Tibetans through supporting and developing humanitarian aid projects within Tibet, India and Nepal, forming partnerships with grassroots Tibetan organisations, as well as funding initiatives in education, healthcare, self-sustainable community building and youth development. Through the generosity of our supporters, since 1959 Tibet Relief Fund has helped tens of thousands of Tibetans, both inside Tibet and in exile.
A recent intiative of Tibet Relief Fund was the Rewa Recovery Centre, a new rehabilitation clinic for Tibetans in Dehradun, north India. It addresses the challenges faced by Tibetans who can’t afford expensive Indian rehabilitation centres. So far, there are ten service users at the centre, and eventually it will house up to 30 people. Patients follow a six-month treatment plan, which includes after-care and help to find work, often the main barrier preventing people from moving forward.
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By Team TRC