Education: TVP provides scholarship for about 25 college students annually with goal of increasing it to 100, supports the program of the Tagong Thangka Center with 40 children, and distributes school supplies for children. We would like to begin to work with US based universities with the goal of bringing Tibetan social entrepreneurship students on scholarship programs to the USA.
Health: TVP will continue to monitor and support the program of the Chedeshol clinic that treats about 3,000 patients, and Sihurong clinic that treats 1,500 patients annually. In addition, TVP will organize 3-5 sanitation and hygiene educational trainings, and address water delivery and purification issues in conjunction with our international volunteer program.
Enterprise Loans: Over the last few years, TVP has provided 73 businesses loans, with an average loan size of $2500. Of them, 42 outstanding business loans require ongoing support and monitoring, while staff will have to assess and train new entrepreneurs to receive 20 - 50 new loans, depending on our fundraising success.
Business Training: TVP organizes 3-5 business management training workshops annually, with the goal of identifying new loan recipients and improving the skills of those who already have the capital but need help learning to write a business plan, as well as setting up a mentorship program.
Social Entrepreneurship Initiative: With increased political sensitivity and withdrawal of International NGOs, many of the local NGOs and civil service organizations struggle to sustain their programs in local communities. TVP is one of the only Tibetan NGOs that makes an earnest effort to collaborate and support social enterprise businesses that in many ways serve as local NGOs but with the goal of self-sustaining through earned income rather than creating dependency on foreign aid.
Conscious Journeys: TVP organizes volun-tourism trips to Tibet with the goal of (a) strengthening the relationship between our supporters and beneficiaries, and (b) providing opportunity for international volunteers to make a difference. For example, in 2012, 51 volunteers in nine separate trips worked on various projects including PV installation for a medical clinic, dental care on about 120 people, and helping to build a shower-house for school children. Learn more
Tibet Travel Co-op: TVP has trained about 250 Tibetan tourism service professionals including guides, hosts and drivers, and set up Tibet Travel Co-op, a marketing site. We hope to turn this co-op into a locally owned and operated business in Tibet that (a) develops unique community-based tourism products, (b) serves as a marketing hub for local Tibetans, and (c) provides training to uplift tourism standards to protect the very environment and culture that attracts tourists. Learn more