FRIDAY ENGAGEMENT FAIR
Check out all the organizations who participated at 2014 Tibet Engagement Fair!
The Tibet Engagement Fair on Friday, November 21st is a new opportunity to learn about and network with different projects and groups working for engagement for Tibet. Below are some of the organizations who participated at last year's Tibet Engagement Forum.
ACHA Himalayan Sisterhood
ACHA Himalayan Sisterhood serves immigrant and refugee women and young girls in the US, India, Nepal, and Tibet. In the California Bay Area ACHA helps the women of emerging Himalayan communities through training and leadership development. It also supports programs for women, girls and seniors in refugee settlements in India and Nepal through small grants. ACHA supports Tibetans inside Tibet by raising funds for Tibetan-led initiatives, which includes partnerships and collaborations with existing organizations that promote education, health, economic development and women’s empowerment in Tibet. ACHA is a volunteer-run group, co-founded by service-oriented Tibetan women motivated by a desire to give back to their communities. Their mission is to create safe, supportive, and inclusive spaces for women to empower each other.
Amilolo is a film group based in Ziling(Xining) Amdo, Tibet, dedicated to educating young Tibetans about digital video production and encouraging a new generation of Tibetan filmmakers. Amilolo's goal is to empower college students by teaching them video editing skills, training them in the use of digital equipment, and maximizing their employment opportunities. Amilolo motivates our students to document the fast-changing lifestyles on the Plateau and encourages them to do more cultural work in their respective hometowns. Over the past few years, Amilolo invited several international and domestic photographers and filmmakers to meet our members. These photographers also gave various lectures, presentations that enriched the students' knowledge and broadened their horizons. Amilolo receives consultations from international and local photographers on how to manage participatory photography projects on a regular basis.
CanEngage is a collaborative community service project that seeks to raise the funds necessary to support the basic educational needs of five rural children living in Litang County, on the eastern edge of the Tibetan Plateau, in Sichuan. The money will go towards sponsoring five Chungba Middle School students through their secondary education. This legacy project is led by a group of young Canadians of Chinese and Tibetan descent who seek to engage in constructive dialogue about the issues that divide our communities and about Canada’s role in fostering peace in Tibet. In helping to develop further opportunities for education, training and engagement at the grassroots level, they seek to advance the notions of global citizenship and sustainability, as well as build human connections.
Diki Daycare was founded by Tsering Diki, a Tibetan immigrant, in 2005. Diki Daycare’s goal is to provide the safest and happiest environment possible that will give children every opportunity to develop to their greatest potential. Their students build skills and confidence through games, songs, movement and art. At Diki Daycare, they practice stress sharing, cooperating and taking turns to teach children the importance of being a team player. Their teachers also provide many outlets for creative expression and ensure that each child develops at their own pace.
Drokpo & Sha-may
Drokpo Team was established in the year 2004. It is a non-profit organization with the sole purpose of providing a helping hand and being an example for Tibetan youth. The word “Drokpo” is a Tibetan word which means “friend”, and we are friends of everyone, especially those in need of our help, which we are ready to provide it in any way we can. This courage, motivation and optimism to help others grew in our hearts after two drokpos (Phuntsok and Norbu) visited the TRC (Tibetan Reception Center, Kathmandu). They were shocked to see so many newly arrived Tibetan people from Tibet sleeping in and around the TRC compound with thin mattress--many even sleeping out in the open basketball court. In order to fulfill these needs, Drokpo Team was formed.
Global Tibetan Professionals Network (GTPN) - North America
The Global Tibetan Professionals Network works to promote specialization and professionalism among Tibetans to strengthen the community. Not only do they identify and promote successful Tibetan professionals as role models, but they also mentor young Tibetans through sharing ideas, information, and resources. They hope to promote the involvement of Tibetan professionals in sustaining Tibetan identity and strengthening the Tibetan voice. GTPN’s mission is to create a global network of Tibetan professionals and connect them with the community.
The Team Tibet Mentoring and Tutoring Program provides high school Tibetan students with an opportunity to connect with college students, free biweekly tutoring sessions, guidance, support, and encouragement to pursue a higher education. We focus on three major areas of student life: Academic Achievement, Health and Wellness and Student Development to better prepare students for college or whatever path they decide to take. Each junior and senior high school student has their own mentor to help them through the college application process and/or the financial aid process.
The work of Machik began with a primary school in the heart of Kham, Eastern Tibet. Opened in 2002, the Chungba Primary School became a runaway success story in its first year of operation by placing first across 53 schools in the county. In the years since then, the Chungba Primary School has become a model for rural Tibetan education across Ganzi prefecture - a region of nearly a million Tibetans. The work of Machik has expanded year after year, growing organically and incrementally in new directions and is currently organized around six program areas: The Chungba Project, Summer Enrichment Programs, Women's Initiative, Youth Leadership, Social Entrepreneurship, and Governance.
Machik has also developed and launched Mother’s Wish, a program to sponsor the education of young women. Now established as a registered NGO in its own right in Qinghai, Mother’s Wish has supported over two thousand young Tibetan women through middle, high school and college education. To date, 112 young women have received their undergraduate degree. Currently, there are over 500 young women receiving support from the scholarship program. Machik continues to be the angel sponsor of Mother’s Wish, providing for all operational costs to ensure that the program can continue. Through a rigorous selection process, young women are identified who show special aptitude for study, but who would not have the opportunity to continue their education without outside intervention. In addition to providing an education, Mother’s Wish seeks to promote a commitment to service among the young women by supporting community outreach efforts to help seniors and the poor.
Norlha is a new concept that links sustainability with luxury. It trains and employs Tibetan nomads on the high plateau to process and transform the fiber from their yaks, taking direct advantage from the added value of a highly prized final product. Norlha believes in innovation: It combines traditional techniques with more modern technology to create luxurious textiles in an endless variety of patterns and weights, suitable for all seasons. Norlha’s founders believe that culture thrives where people are happy, earning enough to sustain themselves, and free from the need of migration as a means of additional income. The purpose of Norlha is to develop the local economy and provide employment in the village itself. Industries like Norlha allow nomads to diversify their income while remaining within their communities and protecting their environment.
Online Tibetan Education (TLC / OBC)
Founded in 2011, Online Tibetan Education (OTE) is a non-profit, volunteer driven group dedicated to imparting basic Tibetan education to Tibetans, particularly young Tibetans, by means of the internet. Focusing on place with limited numbers of Tibetan teachers and religious centers, OTE seeks to preserve Tibetan culture by providing an online platform for learning Tibetan and Buddhism. OTE hopes to help develop 21st century Buddhists by offering Online Buddhism Classes (OBC) and spread Tibetan by offering online Tibetan Language Classes (TLC).
Padhma Creation empowers women one stitch at a time by providing knitting training to women in rural areas of Nepal who have been victims of trafficking, domestic abuse and poverty. Padhma Creation’s dream is to uplift a group of women neglected by society and their families. Besides knitting training, they also provide education scholarships for the women’s children and medical stipends to cover their health care needs. With these basic needs covered, Padhma’s goal is to ensure that they are physically healthy, financially stable, and happy. The art of knitting has transformed the lives of many of their knitters. Through this skill training, they can better take care of themselves and their children.
Plateau Photographers is a participatory multimedia project that trains minority students on the Tibetan Plateau in digital storytelling and culture documentation. Their mission is to train members in still photography and video capture, culture documentation, visual storytelling, and multimedia technology and then present these works to a larger audience to spread cultural awareness and appreciation. As of 2012, Plateau Photographers has trained nearly 100 young image-makers. Members come from rural communities in four provinces and although they are primarily Tibetan, other ethnic minorities are also included. Plateau Photographers helps members tell their personal stories and express their Tibetan identity.
Tibetan Arts & Literature Initiative
The Tibetan Arts and Literature Initiative (TALI) supports projects that promote Tibetan culture and language in Tibetan areas. TALI's project partners include artists, writers and educators, officials, and local community members, as well as Tibetan cultural associations and other non-governmental organizations. TALI is committed to supporting or implementing projects for Tibetan-language children’s books, enrichment programming aimed at promoting the early appreciation of Tibetan language, literature and the arts among Tibetan children, short-term training for Tibetan artists, writers and educators, and exchanges and collaboration between Tibetan artists, writers and educators. TALI hopes to preserve the Tibetan identity through art and literature for generations to come.
Tibetans of Mixed Heritage
In June of this year in London, the first ever meeting of Tibetans of mixed parentage was held, hosting workshops, guest speakers, and more. Tibetans of Mixed Heritage works to bring together mixed Tibetans to share their experiences and engage in conversation about identity and culture, as well as unify the mixed Tibetans and the greater Tibetan community. By finding a place in the Tibetan community for the new generation of the diaspora, Tibetans of Mixed Heritage hope to help preserve Tibetan culture and language.
Tibetan Translations LLC
When you support Tibetan Translations, LLC, you are also supporting their social mission. Because they are deeply concerned about the state of Tibetan language learning inside Tibet, we aim to increase the availability of high-quality learning materials in the Tibetan language. They do this by concentrating on both scientific and educational works in a variety of formats, all geared towards graded language acquisition. They volunteer their time and efforts towards making these materials available free of cost and in distributable formats.
Tibet Film Archive
Tenzin Phuntsog, filmmaker and archivist, founded Tibet Film Archive in New York in 2005, driven by the core belief that film demands our attention. Many of the titles in the collection are black & white, documentary and travel-logues, representing early film footage of Tibet pre-Chinese occupation and early exile years. Tibet Film Archive titles date back as early as 1920 through 1991. Tibet Film Archive considers these films vital to Tibet's historical narrative. Most importantly, they capture and depict Tibetans in their everyday life in Tibet. These titles have been faithfully restored to archival standards for cultural preservation.
UWC Tibet is a network of Tibetan students who attended or are attending United World Colleges (UWC) around the globe. By bridging together various people who are invested in education, UWC Tibet strives to forge creative means of increasing educational opportunities for Tibetan children worldwide. Their mission is to connect the aspiration of Tibetan students to higher education and provide institutional and personal support to students through open access to information and one to one mentorship and guidance. They also encourage Tibetan students to pursue their ambitions by reaching out and participating in various local, national and global scholarship programs. To cultivate a culture of independence and creativity, we commit to creating project grants in the field of humanities, science, and arts.
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