Providing the community in exile with access to adequate healthcare and sanitation is one of the Tibet Fund’s highest priorities. In many Tibetan settlements, living conditions remain at the subsistence level and refugees are susceptible to serious illness and diseases. To improve community health, the Tibet Fund supports programs that strengthen existing healthcare infrastructure while providing essential health services for the most vulnerable refugees, including the elderly, destitute, disables, disadvantaged women and children, torture survivors, patients with tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, and hepatitis B. In 2014, these programs benefitted 62,065 Tibetan refugees.
To combat the spread of waterborne illness, the Tibet Fund helps provide reliable sources of safe drinking water to Tibetan settlements. In collaboration with Lha Charitable Trust, we were able to install water purification systems in three Tibetan settlements to support institutions for children and the elderly, including Sampling Old People’s Home in Dharamsala, Central School for Tibetans in Shimla and Kham Kathok Tibetan settlement in Sataun, India. 96 individuals contributed to a fund raiser on Indiegogo.com that raised $8,979 in support for these purification systems, providing access to safe and clean drinking water for over 800 Tibetans. Over 1500 Tibetans in Bonshi settlement also benefitted from new water tanks constructed with funding from the U.S. State Department.
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New and expecting Tibetan mothers often face enormous challenges during pregnancy and childbirth due to poor quality of gynecological and antenatal care at public hospitals, cultural barriers in discussing reproductive health with healthcare providers, and limited access to national vaccination programs for their children. Newly arrived women from Tibet and those living in remote areas often have little to no access to maternal or reproductive care at all. The Tibet Fund supports pregnancy tests, reproductive health awareness campaigns, antenatal care, micronutrients for pregnant women, gynecological and safe delivery training for nurses and cervical cancer vaccinations. The Tibet Fund also promotes healthy child development by supporting vaccinations, child hygiene and nutrition awareness and nutrition supplements for children in remote areas. With support from the U.S. State Department, 6,783 women and children benefitted from maternal, child and reproductive health services.
The Tibet Fund partnered with the NYU College of Dentistry in organizing a dental camp in Nepal. 37 dentists, hygienists and post graduate students from New York University College of Dentistry visited Kathmandu to provide comprehensive dental care and preventive services to Tibetan children and elders. In a span of one week we were able to treat close to 1,200 people. NYUCD was joined by Henry Schein Cares, The Tibet Fund, 7 Summits Foundation and Srongtsen Bhrikuti High School.
Due to the inability of the elderly patients to travel to city hospitals for eye care and lack of ophthalmologists in Tibetan settlements, the Tibet Fund provides free eye screening and surgery camps. Last year, with the generous support from the Eye Syrgery Fund, eye surgery camps were held in Dhondenling (Collegial) and Rabgyeling (Hunsur) Tibetan settlements. A team of medical experts from the Vital Institute of Ophthalmology in Banglore screened 271 individuals and were provided with appropriate treatment.
The Ngoenga School, the first and only school of its kind, was built specifically for disabled Tibetan children at the urging of and with initial funding from His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The children receive regular classroom education, vocational training and health and physical therapy in an atmosphere designed to help them develop to their fullest capacity.
You can sponsor a child by donating $30 per month or $360 per year. You will receive a case history and photograph of the child and, if you wish, regular correspondence from the child you support as well as progress reports from the school. Funds are urgently needed for operating costs of the school. You may make a general donation in any amount for the general benefit of the school or other Tibetan children. To support this and other projects for children, please go to our Sponsorship Program page.