|Shechen Tibet Projects
Humanitarian Projects in Tibet
Since 2001, the Dilgo Khyentse
Fellowship has been initiating and supervising a number
of diverse humanitarian projects in various areas of Tibet
(Kham, Amdo and Central Tibet)
We have built sixteen small medical clinics and seven schools,
including one for 800 children. We also have a program that
supports a few hundred displaced nuns who are scattered
throughout various areas of eastern Tibet. We have constructed
seven bridges that are vital for people’s safety and
for their economic development. Our projects support several
hundred elderly people, displaced persons, orphans and university
students throughout the country.
Every year our coordinators travel for several months, primarily
in eastern and northern Tibet, to oversee our projects and
identify new ones. They are often joined by volunteer doctors,
nurses and qualified assistants. These projects have come
to fruition efficiently and have proven to be tremendously
beneficial to the local people. Thus many have gained the
approval of the local government authorities.
Our formula for success is based on a number of factors:
During the last 20 years, our team has traveled extensively
throughout Tibet and created close relationships with the
local populations. This has enabled us to establish a network
of dedicated and reliable people who are qualified to locally
take charge of the projects. Our work is accomplished discreetly
and quickly, with reduced visibility and this has helped
us to establish the trust of the local authorities. We are
a mobile unit of dedicated and experienced volunteers and
do not have the expenses of maintaining vehicles, a fixed
staff and offices.
Our work is supported by the admirable generosity of private
donors and foundations. Since 2001, over one and a half
million US dollars has been used in Tibet for practical
and long-lasting projects. Throughout their implementation,
we have kept our overhead expenses to just over 1% of the
budget. Thus 99% of our funds go directly to the projects
In 2006 we are continuing to maintain and develop our health and education projects, our support of the elderly, the sick and orphaned, and our development programs such as the building of bridges. Six of our medical clinics are getting improvements made this year. We will also be building a new school in addition to upgrading and supporting the numerous schools we have built over the last five years. Our scholarship programs for university training for Tibetan women and men is successfully continuing. We have volunteer physicians coming this summer to spend time with local doctors, investigating the possibilities of further training for these local physicians, and treating patients throughout the area. On the cultural front, we will continue to support text preservation as well as the building of monastic colleges and the reconstruction of temples.
It is indeed a great joy for us to be able to serve as instruments
to locate and develop these projects, and then to follow
them from their inception to accomplishment and, finally,
to work to sustain them for the future. Please contact us
if you would like to contribute to this effort.
The Dilgo Khyentse Fellowship is also engaged in projects
for the preservation of Tibet's cultural and spiritual heritage.
In addition to our work in Nepal, we have:
||contributed to the rebuilding of a number
of philosophical colleges, retreat centers, and monasteries
||photographed, scanned, archived and made available
over 12,000 images of Tibetan
paintings and objects.
||reproduced and printed more than 300 volumes of rare
have been made available to monasteries, foreign libraries
||continued to support three monastic philosophical
colleges and three retreat centers throughout Tibet
as well as the regular activities of Shechen
Monastery in Kham.
We have also completed the publication of a fourteen-volume
collection of the Writings of Shabkar. These rare texts were
found and collected in Amdo and entered into the computer
by the monks at Shechen Monastery in Nepal