In 1950, the remote country of Tibet, high in the Himalayas, was invaded by the People’s Liberation Army of China. Over 70 years later, Tibet remains occupied and Tibetans live in fear of political and religious persecution, imprisonment and torture.
In 1959, the Dalai Lama (Tibet’s spiritual leader) made the agonising decision to leave Tibet, to live in exile and work towards justice for his people. Over the ensuing years thousands of Tibetans have followed him into exile.
Founded in late July 1959, within months of the Dalai Lama arriving in India, Tibet Relief Fund has been working with Tibetans to develop sustainable futures, both in Tibet and in exile.
Since then, Tibet Relief Fund has funded many vital projects covering a wide span of need.
Today, the challenges are as great as ever. Both for those in exile in India and Nepal to build better and sustainable futures, and for those who live in rural communities or as nomads inside Tibet, who need the tools to rise out of grinding poverty and to be able to access healthcare and education.
Tibet Relief Fund continues to work with Tibetans through supporting and developing humanitarian aid projects within Tibet, India and Nepal, forming partnerships with grassroots Tibetan organisations, as well as funding initiatives in education, healthcare, self-sustainable community building and youth development.
Through the generosity of our supporters, since 1959 Tibet Relief Fund has helped tens of thousands of Tibetans, both inside Tibet and in exile.
- Building schools, medical centres, old people’s homes and libraries in Tibet, India and Nepal
- Delivering a broad sponsorship programme for Tibetan children, monks, nuns and elderly people in India and Nepal
- Developing a groundbreaking Tibetan-run youth initiative providing mentoring, career development and vocational training in India
- Providing professional skills training for young Tibetans in Nepal
- Providing health promotion and medical programmes, such as travelling eye clinics and vital cancer screening, as well as medical supplies for grassroots healthcare in Tibet, India and Nepal
- Partnering with NGOs in Tibet to provide access to clean water, community water pumps and solar kettles for nomadic families, as well as training programmes to enable income generation
- Providing Tibetan settlements in India and Nepal essential tools and equipment including tractors, ambulances and water tanks
- Providing medical care and basic necessities during the covid-19 pandemic and, partnering with local NGOs, setting up community initiatives to provide for Tibetans living on the margins of society
Tibet Relief Fund works to empower Tibetans to build sustainable communities and better futures through education and innovative practical grassroots initiatives.
A world where Tibetans can live and work with equality and security and celebrate their rich culture and traditions.
Patron: Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama
Tibet Relief Fund is a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee. It has a board of trustees who delegate the day to day running of the charity to a CEO. The charity operates from a small and vibrant office in Camden, London.
Treasurer: Tom Madelin
Trustees: Rebecca Chick, Robert ffolkes, Zara Fleming, Tom Madelin, Peter Muffett, Philip Wilson
Currently there are ten members of staff; eight full-time and two part-time.
CEO: Philippa Carrick