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The story of The Tibet Fund is the story of the Tibetan people’s perseverance and resourcefulness through decades of upheaval and exile. It is the story of survival and the preservation of culture and national identity. It is also a story that many of our generous donors have helped to create.
Since 1959, more than 140,000 Tibetans have fled their homeland to take refuge in India, Nepal and around the world. Under the leadership of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Central Tibetan Administration, Tibetans have forged new democratic institutions and built settlements where Tibet’s religious and cultural traditions are kept alive and Tibetans are sustained as a people until our goal of returning to Tibet is achieved.
For more than 36 years, The Tibet Fund has played a vital role in sustaining and strengthening the refugee community. By supporting a wide range of vitally important programs and services, the Tibet Fund has had a tremendous impact on the well-being of individual Tibetans, from newly arrived children suffering frostbite from their passage through the mountains to elderly refugees contending with illness and homelessness.
The two-headed bird is a traditional motif in Tibetan thankas (religious paintings), symbolizing the Great Scholar Translators of Tibet’s early history. These scholar/translators, adept in two languages, laid the foundation for Tibetan Buddhism by translating religious texts from Sanskrit and other languages into Tibetan. We have chosen this motif as a symbol for The Tibet Fund’s mission of preserving Tibet’s unique culture and religion. The color green is the auspicious birth color of His Holiness the Dalai Lama who is our Honorary Patron and who has guided our efforts. The design was created by Mr. Losang Gyatso.