Tibet Foundation

Frequently asked questions

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about our work.

How do you ensure money reaches the right people?

Aid to Tibet projects are always based on the needs of local people. Having identified a viable project, Aid to Tibet then works closely in partnership with trusted local partners to ensure the project is completed honestly and efficiently. Aid to Tibet's ethnic Tibetan staff will visit the project to monitor, discuss and advise.

Why don't you offer individual sponsorship of Students any more?

The complications and costs of getting information from schools and translating it into English were prohibitively high - less of sponsors money was actually reaching its target. Moreover, having to 'train' schools in reporting on student's individual progress actually makes it more difficult to target help upon the poorest schools. We thus decided that a general education scheme would achieve the same aims more efficiently than the individual scheme.

Who authorises your work?

All Aid to Tibet projects are conducted with the full knowledge and support of the local authorities. This is generally County of Prefecture level.

How does Aid to Tibet select projects?

All Aid to Tibet projects are based on local initiatives. Aid to Tibet assesses how they meet local needs, and how they meet our aims. We also place great importance in a mutually trustworthy relationship with our local partners.

Does Aid to Tibet just help ethnic Tibetans?

Aid to Tibet has a policy of non-discrimination between ethnic groups - whether Tibetan, Han or other Chinese nationalities. It should be noted however that Aid to Tibet does target its help upon the poorest and most rural areas. Because of the absence of incentives for migrants, virtually all the population in these areas is ethnic Tibetan.

These are some of the most common questions we have received. If you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to e-mail att@tibet-foundation.org