In consultation with Central Tibetan Relief Committee in Dharamsala, India, OFT has decided to concentrate its efforts on three important projects in India, Nepal and Tibet.
OFT’s Independant Projects
Nhenang Palden Pawo Monastery in Nepal
This monastery in the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal, provides a home and education for 24 monks, aged 8 to 20. In our modern world, monasteries have an important role preserving the Tibetan culture, history, language and writing, as well as religion. With the stress of Covid-19, the monastery is in need of additional financial support. For this reason, OFT will be sending $5000 this year.
University Scholarship Program in India for Tibetan Students
In 2015, OFT initiated a Scholarship program to provide financial support to three students chosen by the Department of Education in Dharamsala. This financial support would continue until they completed their studies in their University degree program. High marks and attendance in classes are required.
In 2016, a fourth student was added to the Program.
In 2018-2019, four students completed their studies and graduated. Three new scholarships were awarded and a fourth will soon be chosen by the Education department.
OFT will provide $4000 this year to support these students.
Tara Mandela Seniors Home in Kalimpong India - A Dream Come True
This Home was fully completed in 2016 and is now independently financed by the Tibetan Government in Dharamsala.
From 2004 to 2016, OFT raised $200,000 to build this Seniors’ Home. A grant of $1000 in recognition of this achievement was awarded by Friends of Peace Ottawa in 2013. Now 50 poverty stricken Tibetans have a home and loving staff to care for them. A new standard has now been set for elder care in India.
Projects in partnership with Child Haven International
OFT will provide $5000 this year to support the two projects below.
The Maitreya Foundation
The Maitreya Home in Delhi, India, is now a hostel for young Tibetan refugee students attending high school and post-secondary studies. Food, shelter, clothing and scholarships for tuition fees and books are provided.
Scholarships in Tibet
OFT supports scholarships for high school and college education for poverty-stricken Tibetan students, living in Tibet.
Partnership with the Chyssem Project
The Chyssem Project is a grassroots community effort to create a permanent archival record about the first Tibetans who arrived in Canada in the early 1970s. To mark the 50th anniversary of Tibetan immigration to Canada in 2021, the Project will facilitate the inclusion of the Tibetan immigration story as part of the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 collection. It will also include an e-book containing individual stories and photographs
For more information about the Project and how to donate, please visit the Chyssem Project page.
- His Holiness the Dalai Lama