Summer Appeal: Help disabled Tibetan children finish school


Norzom’s story


Norzom is a bright and playful eight-year-old girl with diplegic cerebral palsy, which means she can’t walk very easily. She lives with her mother Tsultrim, who is single and takes care of Norzom on her own. They don’t have much money and Norzom’s mum is saving for corrective surgery.

Norzom is enrolled at her local preschool in Dharamsala, but it is really difficult for her to attend because of the hilly area, inaccessible school building and lack of disabled-friendly teaching aids. The teachers aren’t sure how to include her properly, and she is already struggling to keep up in class.

Can you help children like Norzom get the education they deserve?

With the right help, many Tibetan children with special needs could attend a mainstream school.

With early intervention measures, many could also avoid developing further problems as a result of their disability.

Together, these actions give each child the best possible chance in life.

Tibetan adults with disabilities are often uneducated and illiterate because it was so difficult for them to go to school. This leaves them unable to support themselves, contribute to their households or fully participate in their communities.

Many resort to staying at home, which only reinforces the stigma already attached to people with disabilities in Tibetan communities in India.

We’re raising money to target four Tibetan settlements in and around Dharamsala, northern India, where research last year identified 88 children with special needs who aren’t currently going to school. Their future is in your hands.

Your donation today can help us train teachers, buy special resources for schools and fund physiotherapy for these children.

We want to promote an inclusive attitude in their local schools and challenge the stigma around disability. Can you help make this happen?

Please help if you can by donating today…

£16 – could buy a tactile learning board for a school in need
£33 – could train two teachers on inclusive education
£65 – could fund a physiotherapy ball for the disability resource centre
£150 – could pay for a physiotherapist to visit a young child at home to help them learn basic skills
£500 – could pay for all of the disability teaching aids needed by five schools
I would like to donate an amount of my choice

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Thank you. Your donation will make a genuine difference for these children and their families, and for generations to come.

To save resources, protect the environment and ensure even more of your donation goes towards helping Tibetans, we have made our Summer Appeal online only. This means we are not sending appeal letters by post.

Help us make this a successful appeal by responding online now or by sending a cheque made payable to Tibet Relief Fund to the address below.

Tibet Relief Fund, 2 Baltic Place, London N1 5AQ.

You can also call 0203 119 0041 to donate using a credit or debit card.

If we raise enough to cover this project, we will use your donation where most urgently needed to support Tibetans.

+44 (0)203 119 0041
Bank transfers: Please pay Tibet Relief Fund of the UK,
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Royal Bank of Scotland, London Belgravia Branch, 24 Grosvenor Place, London, SW1X 7HN
Tibet Relief Fund
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287 Kingsland Road
N1 5AQ
Cheques to: Tibet Relief Fund

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