Tibetan Village Project
Who they are
The Tibetan Village Project (TVP) was founded in 2001 by Tamdin Wangdu after his father died at the age of 57 due to a lack of access to medical care. In memory of his father, Tamdin started the Tibetan Village Project to fund medical treatment and prevention programs. Since these humble beginnings, TVP has expanded its programs in other villages throughout the Tibetan Plateau.
What they do
The mission of TVP is to empower Tibetan communities through educational opportunities, social enterprise development and service projects aimed at improving the livelihood of farmers and nomads in rural communities. They provide vocational skills training, business education, and small micro loans, as well as scholarships to Tibetan students. TVP also supports rural communities by providing health services, clean water, and sanitation.
Why they do it
While infrastructure and enrollment in primary schools has improved, the rising cost of higher education has made it difficult for rural Tibetan students to complete their higher education. TVP invests in education, training, and skills for the Tibetan business sector to cultivate economic development and protect Tibetan culture. The service projects directed by TVP improve the lives of communities lacking access to basic services.
While in Tibet, the SStS group will work directly with the TVP staff on their women’s health initiative. The goal of this project is to reduce the hygiene-related illnesses which are prevalent in rural villages. The group will also work with residents to plant native species of trees that will protect the environment by preventing soil erosion and eventually provide essential building materials and firewood.