Heart in Tibet

Your Online Guide to Humanitarian Aid Organizations
working in Tibetan Communities!

Education (Schools, Orphanages)

Antahkarana Society International

Architecture for Tibet

Child Haven

Educational Support Tibet

Friends of Manjushree Vidyapith School and Orphanage (FMVSO)

Friends of Tibetan Women's Association

Jamyang Foundation

Jatson Chumig School

Jigme Gyaltsen Welfare School

The Joru Foundation

Munsel Foundation

The Nagajuna Trust

Opportunity Kham Foundation

Pende Targye Vocational Technical Welfare School

Pestalozzi Overseas Children's Trust

The Pureland Project

Sakya College Library Project

Sherpa Education Fund

Swedish-Tibetan Society for School and Culture

Tadra Project
Tibetan Children's Education Center
Tibetan Children's Education Foundation
Tibetan Children's Educational & Welfare Funds
Tibetan Children's Villages
U.S. Tibetan Society for School & Culture

Vistaproject Tibet

Waka Orphanage

Antahkarana Society International, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, was formed to give aid and assistance to Tibetan children in the remote and rugged Himalayan regions of Nepal.  Antahkarana is helping the people of this region three ways...providing schools, providing leadership training and developing cultural-tourism to boost the local economy to sustain village life.  You can help by sponsoring a Tibetan child, donating to our Youth Hostel Project or donating to our Women's Literacy Program. 

Contact Information:

Antahkarana Society International

Address:  P.O. Box 1543, Bozeman, MT  59771-1543, U.S.A.

Phone:  (406) 581-5963

Website:  http://antahkaranasociety.org/

E-mail:  info(at)antahkaranasociety.org

Architecture for Tibet is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of Tibetans living in exile in impoverished regions of Arunachal Pradesh, NE India.  We design, fund and construct buildings that respect and enhance the natural and cultural qualities of these regions, and create places of well-being and self-improvement.  We are focused on the well-being and education of Tibetan children.  Towards that end, we create sound environments for these children to learn in, so they can go out into the world with real hope of Tibet's cultural continuation.

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Architecture for Tibet

Address:  269 Vanderbilt Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11205, U.S.A.

Phone:  (347) 302-3112

Website:  http://www.architecturefortibet.org/

E-mail:  info(at)architecturefortibet.org

Inspired by the ideals and philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi, Child Haven International is a registered charity founded in 1985.  We assist children and women in 4 countries, who are in need of food, education, health care, shelter and clothing, emotional and moral support.  Our homes accept children who are disabled, parentless, or from socially disadvantaged situations.  Child Haven International helps financially with a school (120 children) and an orphanage in Tibet.

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Child Haven International

Address:  19014 Concession 7, Maxville, ON K0C1T0, Canada

Phone:  (613) 527-2829

Fax:  (613) 527-1118

Website:  http://childhaven.ca/

E-mail:  fred(at)childhaven.ca

Educational Support Tibet (EST) is a non-profit organization, that offers Tibetan refugees opportunities for a professional education.  ES-Tibet promotes the independency of Tibetans with professional and personl training and thus makes an important contribution to the preservation and development of the traditional Tibetan culture.

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Educational Support Tibet (EST)

Contact:  L. Gerster

Address:  Rheinweg 8, 8274 Gottlieben, Switzerland

Phone:  0041 71 667 07 34

Website:  http://www.estibet.ch/

E-mail:  lugyal.gerster(at)gmx.ch

The name of our orphanage is Manjushree Vidyapith Orphanage.  Founded in October, 1998 with an obvious and distinct intention of serving the deprived and disadvantaged children of the society irrespective of religion, caste, community, tribe, gender, etc.  At present the orphanage is home to 108 children, 80 orphans, 18 destitute and 10 physically disabled.  Manjushree Orphanage provides schooling through grade 5 after which the children go to a day school.  We hope, with our vision of making these children perfect citizens of this world which will pay greater dividends in the form of universal peace, harmony, brotherhood and sisterhood. 

Contact Information:

Manjushree Vidyapith Orphanage

Contact:  Tashi Jong

Address:  P.O. & District Tawang, Pin Code 790104, Arunachal Pradesh, India

Phone:  +0091-3794-222108

Fax: +0091-3794-223965

Website:   http://www.fmvso.org/index.html

E-mail:   fmvso06(at)gmail.com

Friends of Tibetan Women's Association (FOTWA)/ Art Refuge, is a nonprofit educational organization.  Its mission is to aid refugee, impoverished and/or orphaned children through art, social sponsorship and cross cultural programs.  Through projects such as the Art Refuge program, FOTWA encourages creative spirits to soar and, through the international language of art, spread the stories of children and promote cultural understanding.  FOTWA is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.

Contact Information:

Friends of Tibetan Women's Association (FOTWA)

Address:  P.O. Box 31307, Santa Fe, NM 87594, U.S.A.


E-mail:  artrefuge2004(at)yahoo.com

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Jamyang Foundation supports innovative education projects for indigenous girls and women in two of the neediest and most remote parts of the world: the Indian Himalayas and the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh.  These projects foster women's learning in ways that are harmonious with their unique Buddhist cultural backgrounds.  In the Himalayas, there are currently 12 Jamyang Foundation study programs; 9 in Ladakh, 2 in Spiti, and 1 in Kinnaur.  In the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh, Jamyang Foundation has founded 3 primary schools for Marma tribal girls.  Two pioneering projects in Dharamsala are now self-sufficient, fulfilling Jamyang Foundation's mission of empowering women and creating sustainable communities run by women themselves.

Contact Information:

Jamyang Foundation

Contact:  Karma Lekshe Tsomo, Director

Address:  5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, CA 92110-2492, U.S.A.

Phone:  (619) 260-4600, Ext. 4921

Website:  http://www.jamyang.org/

E-mail:  ktsomo(at)sandiego.edu


The Jatson Chumig Welfare Special School in Lhasa, Tibet, is a non-profit, NGO, charitable institution run by Tibetans for handicapped, orphaned and destitute children of Tibet.  Since our founding in 1993, the school has been providing these children with a supportive, nurturing home (housing, food and clothes) and a basic education of six years.  We also provide vocational job training, as well as entrance into middle school, high school and the university.  It is our goal to give these children a future where there otherwise would not be one.

Contact Information:

Jatson Chumig Welfare Special School

Contact: Brian McClatchy or Tenzin Choedon

Address:  Chumi Road, P.O. Box 101, Lhasa, Tibet, P.R. China 850000

Phone:  (Tibet) 0086-139-0891-1214  (USA) 00-1-774-239-1704

Fax:  0086-891-685-1446

Website:  http://www.jatsontibet.org/

E-mail:  brian(at)jatsontibet.org  jatson4(at)yahoo.com  

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Jigme Gyaltsen is not someone who is regarded as a reincarnated living Buddha, or high-level senior official, or a millionaire, but rather a monk and modern Tibetan education reformist with long-term vision, who devoted himself to education and reform on Tibetan education.  The Jigme Gyaltsen Welfare School of Golok Prefecture, Qinghai Province, covers 3,000 m2. Studying in the school are 586 students from all over the country including Tibet, Sichuan, Gansu and Qinghai. There are 28 teachers and working members.

Contact Information:

Jigme Gyaltsen Welfare School

Address:  Golok Prefecture, Qinghai Province, PR China, 814001

Phone:  0975-8389688  8389618

Fax:  0975-8389866


E-mail:  fulixx(at)163.com 

At the heart of the work that Joru Foundation does is the belief that all people have something to offer the world.  We believe that education is the most crucial tool that one must be equipped with in order to be able to thrive and accomplish their goals.  Our work focuses on a school in the Golok region called Sengdruk Taktse School.  Joru Foundation also is building a traditional Tibetan medical college, helping fund a home for the elderly and is involved in promoting projects aimed at educating Tibetans about environmental conservation.  Joru Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization. 

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Joru Foundation
Website:  http://www.jorufoundation.org/  

The mission of Munsel Foundation is to gently and skillfully assist beings all over the world.  Munsel, in Tibetan, means to dispel darkness.  Munsel Foundation has been an active participant in the development of the Munsel School Project since January, 2006.  The Munsel Foundation operated a home for 30 children and an adult education program in Yushu (Jyekundo) town in eastern Tibet.  On April 14, 2010 a 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck Yushu.  Five Munsel children died in the quake.  The home and adult education program were destroyed.  Munsel is attempting to rebuild while the students live and attend classes in tents.

Contact Information:

Munsel Foundation

Address:  111 South Highland #408, Memphis, TN  38111-4640, U.S.A.

Phone:  (901) 377-3834

Website:  http://www.munselfoundation.org/

E-mail:  munsel(at)munselfoundation.org  

In 2004 a group from the U.K. set up The Nagajuna Trust, which aims to raise money to support the Nagajuna School in Pokhara, Nepal.  Founded in 2000, by Yeshi Gyaltsen, the school educates poor and orphaned children from the Mustang region in Nepal.  The Trust is currently raising money to build a new school building.

Contact Information:

The Nagajuna Trust

Contact:  Rebecca Seddon (Chairperson)

Address:  23 Meadow Road, Wythall, Birmingham B47 6EG, U.K.

Phone:  +44 (0) 7855 250769

Website:  http://www.thenagajunatrust.org/

E-mail:  info(at)thenagajunatrust.org

The Opportunity Kham Foundation is a 501(c)(3), non-profit, non-political organization dedicated to providing well-baby medical care, community health programs and educational programs to the younger of our precious target base.  For adults we offer basic education and vocational skills training and community health training.  At present we focus our efforts to the Tibetan nomad community of Nangchen County, Kham (eastern Tibet).

Contact Information:

The Opportunity Kham Foundation

Address:  P.O. Box 693, Hackettstown, New Jersey 07840, U.S.A.

Phone:  (973) 551-4969

Website:  http://www.opportunitykham.org/

Pende Targye Vocational Welfare School hopes to create a place devoted to the learning and appreciation of Tibetan art for all those who care for Tibet and its artistic traditions.  In founding this welfare school, Pende Targye hopes to help the many indigent and homeless children who suffer from unemployment and illiteracy, and at the same time do what they can for the conservation of Tibetan artistic traditions.  At this school, students learn not only craftmanship, but also study culture and ethics.   

Contact Information:

Pende Targye Vocational Welfare School

Address:  GongShanglian Xiaoqo, Zha Ji Xu Lu (Zha Ji West Road), Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region, 850000, P.R. China

Phone:  0891-6822100/6799717


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Pestalozzi World provides a practical secondary education for bright children from very poor backgrounds (2 girls to 1 boy) in Asia and Africa so that they can go on to make a contribution to their communities as they grow up.  For the children we select, the alternative to school is often working, sometimes in foul conditions, to help their families survive or early marriage and motherhood for girls.  Educating Tibetans in Exile:  we are currently educating 48 Tibetans at the Pestalozzi Asian Village in Dehradun, drawn from communities all over India.

Contact Information:

Pestalozzi Overseas Children's Trust

Address:  (UK Charity No. 1046599), 15 Ebner Street, London SW18 1BT, United Kingdom

Phone:  +44 (0)20 8704 4455

Fax:  +44 (0)20 8871 0939

Website:  http://www.pestalozziworld.com/

E-mail:  info(at)pestalozziworld.com

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The Pureland Project works to empower grassroots movements for environmental sustainability and community wellness through experiential education.  The project serves to give voice and support to underserved communities using the principles of compassion and non-violence.  The Pureland Project funds Garchen Rinpoche's communities and three schools in Eastern Tibet.  The project also provides services through its center in America at Ahimsa House, in Philadelphia, which will serve as a training center for non-violence and healing arts, while also raising funds and awareness around the projects and wisdom in Tibet.

Contact Information:

The Pureland Project

Contact:  Meg Ferrigno or Pema Lhamo

Address:  5007 Cedar Ave., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19143, USA

Phone:  267-241-0676

Website:  http://www.thepurelandproject.org

E-mail:  thepurelandproject(at)gmail.com

Sakya College's current library, with more than 4,000 volumes in the Tibetan language and 1,500 in other languages, houses one of the best Sakya research libraries in the world.  But even this significant collection must be upgraded and more fully developed to meet the needs of today's students and scholars.  We believe that a new, comprehensive library facility will provide immeasurable benefit to students, teachers, and visiting scholars at Sakya College.  This library will be dedicated to the memory of the College's late principal, Khenpo Migmar Tsering.

Contact Information:

Sakya College Library Project


E-mail:  njordan(at)uchicago.edu


The Sherpa Education Fund (SEF) finances a first-class education for a group of Sherpa students who hearken from the rural, mountainous areas that surround Mt. Everest in Nepal.  It is the hope of the Sherpa Education Fund and its sponsors that through education, these students will enhance their communities by sharing knowledge and generating resources in the future.

Contact Information:

The Sherpa Education Fund (SEF)

Contact:  Gary Harrington

Address: 109 W Mercer St., Seattle, WA 98119  U.S.A.

Phone:  (206) 378-1927

Website:  http://www.sherpaedfund.org/

E-mail:  info(at)sherpaedfund.org


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from: Random House

The Swedish-Tibetan Society for School and Culture was founded in 1988.  The main purpose of the society was to build and operate a boarding school in the village of Katsel in Tibet and to create cultural ties between Sweden and Tibet.  Today, many years and projects later, the society has 13,000 children in 108 schools.  Because these children need our help in order to afford to attend school, our sponsorship program is one of our major activities. 

Contact Information:


The Swedish-Tibetan Society for School and Culture

Address:  Vivstavarvsvagen 200122 43 ENSKEDE, Sweden

Phone:  +46-8-643-49-47

Fax:  +46-08-643-49-17

Website:  http://www.tibet-school.org/

E-mail:  info(at)tibet-school.org

The Tadra Project was brought into being by Tibetan and German friends at the end of 1995.  We are a small dedicated group that has been working together on a voluntary basis for decades and has already carried out similar projects in Northern India.  Our aim is to provide orphans and abandoned children in Tibet with a home and sound vocational training until they are able to support themselves.  Tadra is a registered charity in Germany.

Contact Information:

The Tadra Project

Contact:  L. Palden Tawo M.D.

Address:  Stettiner Str. 11a, D-58515 Ludenscheid, Germany

Phone:  02351/944 753 or 944 755

Website:  www.tadra.de/

E-mail:  info(at)tadra.de/


The Tibetan Children's Education Center (TCEC) is a not-for-profit charitable trust based at Gankyi, Dharamsala, India.  Our mission is to sustain Tibetan culture and identity by educating young Tibetans in exile.  Culture and language are what really define national identity.  We struggle for the existence of our unique Tibetan culture and language.  Our focus is teaching Tibetan culture, religion, philosophy, language, as well as, a modern curriculum.

Contact Information:

The Tibetan Children's Education Center (TCEC)

Address:  Tibetan Children's Education Center, Room #5, Monacha Building (Near DC Residence), Dharamsala, Distt. Kangra H.P., 176219, India

Phone:  +91-1892-226021

Website:  http://www.tibchildren.org/

E-mail:  childrens_treasure(at)yahoo.com

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The Tibetan Children's Education Foundation is a nonprofit corporation founded in 1995, dedicated to preservation of Tibetan culture by supporting Tibetan schools and school children-in-exile from their homeland.  The focus of TCEF's efforts to date has been Kyitsel-ling Tibetan Children's Education Center, located in north India.  We have provided most of the funds necessary to build Kyitsel-ling and provided scholarships for many needy Tibetan children there.  Our future goal is to take us beyond Kyitsel-ling, to provide support and scholarships to Tibetans elsewhere in India, Nepal and the USA.

Contact Information:

The Tibetan Children's Education Foundation

Address:  P.O. Box 1403, Helena, MT 59624, U.S.A.

Phone:  (406) 443-6078

Website:  http://www.tibetchild.org/   

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The work of the Department of Education/Tibetan Children's Educational and Welfare Fund (TCEWF) is largely dependent on the generosity of organizations and individuals.  Your support and contribution to the TCEWF programs can greatly help in providing quality education needy Tibetan children, many of who have come all the way from Tibet risking even their lives while crossing Himalayan mountain passes.  You can become a sponsor of any of our projects by sending TCEWF a contribution and specifying which project you are supporting.  TCEWF will ensure the money is used for the earmarked project, and will send you a receipt and a than you letter.

Contact Information:

Tibetan Children's Educational and Welfare Fund (TCEWF)

Address:  Department of Education, Central Tibetan Administration, Gangchen Kyishong, Dharamsala - 176215, Distt. Kangra (H.P.), India

Phone:  +91-01892-222721/222572

Fax:  +91-01892-223481

Website:  http://tcewf.wangyaldesign.com/

E-mail:  tcewfwebmaster(at)gmail.com


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from: Random House

From its humble beginning 49 years ago, Tibetan Children's Village has today become a thriving, integrated educational community for destitute Tibetan children in exile, as well as for hundreds of those escaping from Tibet every year.  It has established branches in India extending from Ladakh in the north, to Bylakuppe in the south, with over 16,726 children under its care.  The mission of 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.

Contact Information:

Tibetan Children's Villages

Address:  Dharamsala Cantt., Distt. Kangra - 176216, (H.P.), Inda

Phone:  +91 1892 221348/221680/220356

Fax:  +91 1892 221670

Website:  http://www.tcv.org.in/

E-mail:  headoffice(at)tcv.org.in

The US Tibetan Society for School and Culture was founded in 1988 to support the work of our sister organization, The Swedish-Tibetan Society for School and Culture.  The first project was to build and maintain a school in the village of Katsel, Tibet.  Today the project helps support 108 schools and over 13,000 children across rural Tibet.  By building, operating, and/or providing other needed support to these schools, the project provides basic education to the children inside Tibet and helps preserve its unique and threatened culture.

Contact Information:

The US Tibetan Society for School and Culture

Contact:  Anne Oliver

Address:  66 Charles St. 179 PMB, Boston, MA 02114, U.S.A.

Phone:  +1-617-267-0178


E-mail:  info(at)tibetschool.org

Illiteracy rates in Tibetan areas of China are high; affecting more than 80% of Tibetan people of 15 years and older.  This makes it particularly difficult to find a job in the booming Chinese economy.  With the Ju Mipham Construction Fund, Vistaproject will provide primary education for young people aged between 6 and 17 years in Sershul region in the far north-western part of Sichuan Province, China.  Once completed, the project will provide six classrooms for a minimum of 360 students.  Here they will receive bi-lingual (Tibetan/Chinese) primary education.  After finishing their education, they may proceed in vocational training within Vistaproject, start their own business, or continue their study.  Construction will begin as soon as enough funds have been promised.  Operating costs will be covered by the profits obtained from the commercial activities of Vistaproject and parental fees.

Contact Information:

Vistaproject Tibet

Contact:  Elisa Kriek

Address:  Westfriesedijk 3, Aartswoud, NH, 1719NK, Netherlands

Phone: 31-6-12565989

Website:  www.vistaproject.nl

E-mail:  info(at)vistaproject.nl   vistatibet(at)gmail.com

The Waka Orphanage School was established in September 2004.  Its objective is to take care of Tibetan orphans or children from poor single-parent families and sponsor them to go to school.  We put strong emphasis on learning Tibetan culture, history and language.  Children live together in the housing provided and attend the same school.  We provide all things that are necessary for them to live and stay at school.  The school is located at the Waka Village, about 80 km northwest from Zhongdian.  The village is close to the Yunnan and Sichuan province border and is located in the Sichuan province of China.

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