At the urging of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the Conservancy works directly and through local partners to help poor and disadvantaged indigenous Buddhist communities in remote Himalayan areas. To do so, the Conservancy first conducted a large-scale community-based needs assessment to determine how best to help the indigenous Buddhist communities preserve their endangered cultural and spiritual traditions while simultaneously forming integrated development plans to ensure the economic sustainability of the communities. Based on the findings of this needs assessment, the Conservancy has developed specific programs to help indigenous Himalayan Buddhist communities living beyond the geographic borders of Tibet — reaching out to the many diverse indigenous groups living in a wide swath of the Himalayas that stretches more than a thousand miles across the Indian Himalayan region through Nepal and Bhutan. The Conservancy’s Himalayan programs are focused on four main areas:
EDUCATION The Conservancy has partnered with the Nepal Buddhist Federation to launch a Himalayan Scholarship program, aimed at helping a small but growing number of children from remote villages receive an elementary school education in Tibetan schools in Nepal and India.
TEACHER TRAINING The Conservancy has partnered with the Institute of Buddhist Studies and Dialectics in Sahra, Himachel Pradesh, to create a year-long Teacher Training program, aimed at educating Tibetan teachers who, upon graduation, agree to return to live and teach in remote Himalayan villages.
LANGUAGE PRESERVATION & LITERACY The Conservancy has worked with local program partners to create, print and distribute basic learning texts and dharma teachings translated into Nepali, English and Tibetan, for distribution in remote mountain areas and use by schools in isolated villages where our needs assessments show the literacy rate is below 50%.
TRADITIONAL MEDICINE To help serve the health needs of remote mountain communities, while supporting efforts to preserve millennia of traditional medical knowledge and healing practices, the Conservancy supports the training of practitioners of traditional Tibetan medicine who go on to serve communities in isolated regions.
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