". . . if I can turn you into a student holding a book and pen
will you be a girl in service to our country?
Will you be a woman who loves her people?"
-- poem by a Tibetan nomad to his niece from Burning the Sun's Braids
At the Tibetan Literacy Project, we know that, given the opportunity, the Tibetan people are fully capable of helping each other and leading their communities towards a brighter future. We focus on supporting children with the ability and fortitude to excel and who have the aspiration and capacity to contribute to their village communities.
LITERACY is an essential step towards a future of sustainable growth and development for the Tibetan people.
When you sponsor a child, you are changing their future for the better. Your sponsorship covers everything they need for the entire school year. Consolidated Tax receipts will be issued in January for the previous calendar year.
Some Of Our Supported Children
Dekyi is the only child of a single mother who has no regular income. She and her mother live in the village and help tend yak in exchange for their food and clothing. Dekyi hopes learn to read and write so that she can get a job. With a stable income, she can support her mother as she ages, so that she can rest after a life of hard work, rain, snow or shine.
Pema is the daughter of a single mother. She is extremely bright and at the head of her class. This year, she will be entering junior high school. When she is not at school, she can be found tending yak high in the mountains with her mother, with her schoolbooks tied to her back. She gets up before sunrise to study, and can be found reading deep into the night, after 10 to 12 hours of hard work. Pema hopes her dedication will enable her to become a lawyer, so that she can help mediate conflicts among her people and in the local area.
Drolma’s mother and father died when she was young, and she is being raised by her grandparents. We have been sponsoring Drolma since she entered elementary school. She studies at a boarding school where she learns Chinese and Tibetan, except during the summers, when she returns to the village to take care of her grandparents and tend to the yak. Drolma hopes to be a teacher one day, so that she can help other kids in the village become literate and have more opportunities for their futures.
Nyima’s father died of an illness when she was just a baby. There is no doctor in the village and access to medical care is several hours’ drive away. Even routine medical care such as vaccinations cannot be obtained in the village. Nyima is currently in junior high school, and hopes to pass the test into a high school that will prepare her to be trained as a doctor or nurse.
Tashi’s father lived a few hours away from the village at the local government seat before he died 3 years ago. He was in charge of building a road to the village. Tashi is still in elementary school, but he wants to continue his father’s work as soon as he can. If he studies hard to master Chinese, he will be able to ask for funds from the local government to make improvements to the village infrastructure, and oversee the work to make those changes. The village lacks a good road, as well as running water, electricity, and a dependable cellular network. Tashi wants to lead the next wave of changes to make the villager’s lives better.
Tenzin grew up living a traditional nomadic life, helping his parents tend to the animals. He has 3 brothers and 2 sisters. As Tibet is becoming more urbanized, it is difficult for Tibetan people to live in their traditional way. Tenzin is concerned for his aging parents and wants to work in a big office in Beijing so he can send money home to help his family
As small villages in Tibet have no schools, over 60% of Tibetan people are illiterate. Poor, rural families in Tibet lack the resources to send their children to boarding schools, which are far from home. When you sponsor a child, you are directly contributing to a future of educated children who will be able to support their communities and contribute to the spiritual and economic future of Tibet.
Costs for sending a child to school for a year are, by western standards, cheap. But the benefits of that education can’t be measured.
When you sponsor a child, you ensure that all their educational necessities are met: books, supplies, room & board, transportation, and of course tuition!