In our struggle for freedom, truth is the only weapon we possess.
-Dalai Lama


Tibet is the highest plateau in the world with an average elevation of 4,875 m (more than 16,000 ft) above sea level, because of this it is commonly referred to as “the roof of the world.” Tibet remained isolated from the rest of the world until the Chinese occupation in 1949.
Tibet was occupied in the name of liberation by the Chinese red army. Over a million Tibetans were killed and around 6000 monasteries were destroyed during the invasion. Finally, in 1959, H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama, both spiritual and political leader of Tibet, was forced to escape to India along with thousands of Tibetans. The Tibetans in exile were allowed to settle in Dharamsala where they have since been developing schools and attending to the needs of the Tibetan people.

Tibetans at home and in exile have endured immense hardships due to the Chinese occupation. Over 130,000 Tibetans are currently in exile and many are struggling to make a living as refugees in a new environment. The millions of Tibetans still in Tibet, besides suffering from having no religious freedom, are currently being economically oppressed by a government-orchestrated flood of Chinese immigrants, and stand little chance of preserving their cultural heritage.

You can make a difference in the lives of many Tibetans by volunteering your time and skills!