In 1950, the remote country of Tibet, high in the Himalayas, was invaded by the People’s Liberation Army of China. Over 60 years later, Tibet remains occupied and Tibetans live in fear of political and religious persecution, imprisonment and torture.
In 1959, the Dalai Lama made the agonising decision to leave Tibet, to live in exile and work towards justice for his people. Over the ensuing years thousands of Tibetans have followed him into exile.
Founded within months of the Dalai Lama arriving in India, Tibet Relief Fund has been working with Tibetans for over 50 years to help give them a sustainable future, both in Tibet and in exile.
Since 1959 Tibet Relief Fund has funded vital projects, including the construction of schools, old people’s homes, medical centres and libraries; provision of water pumps and irrigation systems and a major youth initiative for employment and career development.
Today, the need is as great as ever; every year many Tibetans still choose to risk their lives to escape China’s rule by undertaking the hazardous journey across the Himalayas to India. Inside Tibet, rural communities and nomads live in grinding poverty with little or no healthcare or access to education.
Tibet Relief Fund continues to work with Tibetans to support and develop humanitarian aid projects within Tibet, India and Nepal, funding initiatives in education, healthcare, self-sustainable community building and youth development.
Through the generosity of our supporters, since 1959 Tibet Relief Fund has financed over £4 million worth of vital projects and helped tens of thousands of Tibetans, both inside Tibet and in exile. Our projects have included …
- Building schools, medical centres, old people’s homes and libraries in Tibet, India and Nepal
- Facilitating a broad sponsorship programme for Tibetan children, monks, nuns and elderly people in India and Nepal
- Developing a groundbreaking Tibetan-run youth initiative providing mentoring, career development and vocational training in India
- Promoting health and medical programmes, travelling eye clinics and providing materials for grassroots healthcare in Tibet, India and Nepal
- Partnering with NGOs in Tibet to provide access to clean water, community water pumps and solar kettles for nomadic families
- Providing Tibetan settlements in India and Nepal essential tools and equipment including tractors, ambulances and water tanks
Tibet Relief Fund is a registered charity and is managed by a board of trustees. The charity operates from a small and vibrant office in Hackney, London with six full-time staff.
Patron: Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama
Chair: Philip Wilson
Treasurer: Sarah Dorje
Trustees: Sir Robert ffolkes, Zara Fleming, Philip Wilson, Scott Dicken, Tashi Gyaltsen, Gary Heads