Tibet Matters: Appeal updates

Thank you for your brilliant response to our appeals this year. When you donate to an appeal, you support small Tibetan-run projects like these, and help Tibetan communities flourish.

We hope you enjoy seeing the impact of your generous donations over the past few months!

Tenzin is doing well

You might remember Tenzin from our 2020 winter appeal. Your donations kept him, and many other Tibetan children with special needs, safe over the winter, ensuring their families had the resources they needed to protect their children from Covid-19 and money for treatment if they got sick. Our project partner Tibetan Ability also continued their telehealth, remote physiotherapy services and nutritional grants for children with special needs, so their families weren’t left without support during lockdowns.

Our Project Liaison Officer TenNyima recently visited Tibetan Ability Centre and was so pleased to see little Tenzin in great spirits and thriving.

Delhi Community Kitchen opens to the public

In September 2021, the new Community Kitchen opened at its permanent location in Majnu-ka-Tilla, the Tibetan area of Delhi. It is now serving free hot meals daily to disadvantaged Tibetans, and low-cost meals to students and low-waged workers.

This is a huge achievement and we want to thank you, our donors, and our project partner Tibetan Cancer Society for making this happen. Just as we dreamed, the kitchen is fast becoming a thriving community hub where Tibetans can get together and share a meal, and have somewhere to turn in times of need.

Emergency medical fund for Tibetan children

Thanks to your response to our autumn appeal, we have provided Tibetan Homes Foundation with an emergency medical fund that can help cover costs for any child who needs medical care or surgery.

Many children at Tibetan Homes Foundation have families back in Tibet, far away in India or Nepal, or are on a low income. Now, children can receive medical treatment regardless of their family’s ability to pay. Your donation gives them the security of knowing they will be cared for if they fall ill.

Joanna Lumley’s appeal: elderly Tibetan freedom fighters in Nepal

We were delighted that national treasure Joanna Lumley, who was recently honoured with a Damehood, made our winter appeal, asking you to support elderly ex-freedom fighters through the winter. Joanna has a lifelong connection to Tibet and feels strongly about giving the elders the dignity and comfort they deserve after such hard lives.

Your donations made sure elderly Tibetans in Nepal had nutritious meals, medicines and enough to cover their daily expenses over winter. Thank you!

I am deeply touched that so many of you responded to my appeal to help bring comfort and security to Mr Kunga and Tibetan elders like him this winter. A heartfelt thank you to you all.

On behalf of the elders, thuk-je-che (thank you) and many Losar Tashi Deleks (new year greetings).

Joanna Lumley

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