Isolated and without government support, Tibetans living in India eke out a living as farmers in settlements on remote and undesirable land. AHF protects the most vulnerable – elders with no family, many of them veterans – so they can age in dignity.
Girls living on the high Plateau often spend their childhoods fetching water for their families because even dirty water is hours away. We build pipe systems to villages from clean, natural springs to improve health and quality of life.
After 18 years meditating in a cave, Lama Gondop returned home to find numerous ethnically Tibetan girls in the far west of Nepal abandoned and starving, so in 1999 he opened a nunnery to shelter them and teach them dharma.
Without legal citizenship, Tibetan exiles in Nepal and India cannot buy property or take out loans, making small business ideas hard to realize. AHF backs entrepreneurs to bring opportunity to the hard working, but disadvantaged, refugee settlements.
One of our heart projects. Tibetan elders have had very hard lives and often come to their twilight years alone and destitute, so it seems only right that they have some dignity and comfort as they age.
Blog: Cafe 8848 update
Nyima sat with us in a cozy booth and brought us up to date on his life. The café has been open 4 years now and every year has been a bit better than the one before.
Blog: Honoring President Carter's 90th
In honor of President Jimmy Carter's 90th birthday today I lit butter lamps at Boudha in Kathmandu, here are the pics.
Blog: 80 4 80 - Commitment to education
After graduating from Namgyal Tibetan High School, Dolkar Lhamo was eager to continue onto college, but, like most other refugees, she was unable to afford it.
AHF Family: Michael and Janet Finn at Manjushree School
AHF friends Michael and Janet Finn have been stalwart supporters of the school for over a decade, so it’s a joy to see these pictures of them finally visiting last month.
AHF Family: Dorje Lama - Four decades of Tibet in SF
We would like to wish our dear friend Dorje Lama of the Tibet Shop in San Francisco a very happy retirement.
AHF Family: Welcome to the Year of the Snake!
Michael and Janet Finn, angels of Manjushree School in Pokhara, caught celebrating the new year with, what else, a red boa.