Tibetan Education and Relief Association

HQ Location: 
Dumfriesshire

Location of benefit: 
Asia

T.E.R.A. - the Tibetan Education & Relief Association including Himalayan Communities, Registered Charity no. 802974, since 1986 - has long-standing projects in Tibet, India, and Nepal, where we provide sponsorship for the health, welfare and education of people from multi-ethnic backgrounds living in the most impoverished Himalayan communities.

In a highly-restricted remote area of Tibet we support a part-time health clinic, which we have refurbished to a better level of functionality to make sure that people can access better healthcare. We have also funded the building of a school with local eco-friendly materials, where the children from our sponsored families benefit from schooling up to the age of 13. Overall, we help over 70 nomadic Tibetan Drokpa families, and your donations allow us to continue providing these essential services.

In Nepal we currently sponsor the education, health and welfare of 15 impoverished Nepalese Tamang, Magar, Newar, Chhetri, Tamu and Sherpa children - however, we aim to be able to sponsor 100 children every year. All the children we sponsor live too far away from a state school to make it practical for them to travel, so we sponsor their education (including Computer & Internet Studies) at their nearest private school, fees for which are approx. £16 per month (average). The children also receive extra-curricular English lessons from a top Nepali teacher, who gives her time freely so that they may achieve a high standard of English education for a better start in life. T.E.R.A. is focused more than ever on enabling children to become well-educated, as a skilled population is vital to the recovery of Nepal after the devastating earthquakes in 2015. Please help us to increase the number of children enjoying our sponsorship to 100!

In an impoverished community in northern India, T.E.R.A. sponsors the health and welfare of eleven Indian families, our Representative and his assistant, and two elderly Tibetans (and others when aid is needed). The Indian mothers (sometimes with up to five children, living in one room) have often been abandoned or left unsupported due to severe family health issues or bereavement. We have also helped with the building of separate outside toilets for some of the poorest Indian communities, thus enabling them to apply for food coupons and feed their families. As little as £20 sponsors one family in India for a whole year - a relatively small amount to raise people out of absolute poverty, so please donate whatever you can, as even small amounts add up and make a difference to families in this community.

Our small group of unpaid volunteers meet their own expenses so 100% of your donation goes directly to our projects, providing maximum value for
your money as it benefits those in most need!