How much does it cost to send a child to school for a year?
Typical expenses for a year of school include books, uniforms, and tuition. As all of the children we support live in rural areas, transportation to and from school is also needed. We also support students by hiring tutors to meet with them once a week to help with their Chinese language skills. The total cost for all of this is about $1000US per year.
Do boys and girls have equal opportunity to receive scholarships?
Yes! The Tibetan Literacy Project firmly believes that a healthy society requires that all it's members get a quality education.
Many girls do not have the chance to attend school, as most families will pool their resources to send only one child to school, usually a boy. Educating women will ensure that the next generation of Tibetans is literate and knowledgeable about their own culture and traditions.
Where does my money go?
100% of all funds donated to the Tibetan Literacy Project goes to putting kids in school. There are no executive salaries or fancy marketing budgets. We are a non-profit organization run entirely by volunteers.
What kinds of opportunities do Tibetan kids have once they receive an education?
Tibetans experience a marginalization similar to the Aboriginal people of Australia and Indigenous peoples of North America. Opportunities to become integrated into the larger society are limited. However, with an education and the ability to speak Chinese language, doors do open. Teaching jobs can provide enough income to support whole families. College also becomes a possibility and along with it the chance to become empowered to affect change in the larger society.
How do you select the children the project sponsors?
A Village elder is our local contact who makes recommendations for children whose families are in dire financial need or children who are orphaned. This local contact oversees the finances and ensures that your money goes towards tuition and school expenses.
How can I get my company or school involved?
There are many opportunities for businesses and schools to partner with us and cooperate in fundraising initiatives. Please contact us for more information.
How can I make a donation and do I get a tax receipt?
You can make your donation on this page (USA) or this page (Canada), and you will be issued a tax receipt within 4 weeks. If you would like to make monthly contributions, we will issue you one tax receipt in January for all donations for the previous calendar year, in time to do your taxes.