TCEF dedicates itself to the preservation of the Tibetan culture through education and assistance, raising awareness of the culture, and by empowering Tibetans to carry out these goals.

The Tibetan culture premised on compassion, non violence and altruism is vital and precious not only to the Tibetans but to the bigger global community. This culture is now endangered.  One of the best ways to help that culture survive is to help educate Tibetan children in exile and TCEF dedicates itself to this cause.

Another way to help is to educate and raise awareness of this rich and unique culture here in the West. Over the past ten years, we’ve traveled extensively all over the United States doing hundreds of presentations on Tibet, Tibetan culture and the educational needs of Tibetan children in exile.

It is now over fifty years since HH The Dalai Lama escaped to India in 1959. Tibetans continue to be one of the most repressed people in the world. The spate of self immolations in Tibet reflect how frustrated and desperate the situation is in Tibet. His Holiness The Dalai Lama believes that intentionally or unintentionally, some form of cultural genocide is taking place in Tibet. Many believe that the essence of Tibetan culture may stand a better chance of survival in exile that in Tibet itself.

We can do our part to help the Tibetans – help the Tibetan culture to survive. Please join us to help educate the children, provide comfort to the elders and generally be supportive of a culture from whom we can all learn so much.

Purposes of TCEF

According to TCEF’s bylaws, the objectives and purposes of Tibetan Children’s Education Foundation are:

Tradition

To fulfill the Mahayana Buddhist tradition and motivation of gaining benefit for all sentient beings.

Education

To support, endorse, fund, fund-raise and otherwise assist Tibetan and other children-in-need as well as adults-in-need in securing worthwhile, quality education, anywhere in the world.

Fundraise

To raise funds, conduct research, produce publications, and organize conferences and courses consistent with the foregoing objectives.

Promote

To provide and promote other charitable and social services, including medical, rehabilitation, educational, and counseling services.

Annual Reports

Download our Annual Report 2016

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Download our Annual Report 2017

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Download our Annual Report 2018

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Areas of Focus

Dharamsala

Seat of the Tibetan Government. in Exile. TCEF collaborates with the Department of Education there to find sponsors for needy children living in poor and remote Tibetan settlements.


Clement Town

Location of Kyitsel-ling Tibetan Children’s Education Center. TCEF helped to build this center and runs a sponsorship program there.

 Sikkim

Location of Sukhavati Educational Hostel. TCEF helped to build the third floor of the center, will fund Computer Education Program here and supports many children through our sponsorship program.

Ladakh

TCEF will work with Geshe Yonten to provide education to needy children from remote areas in Ladakh.

As well, TCEF assists Tibetan children and elders through their sponsorship programs in numerous other location (indicated in red).

Staff & Board Members

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    Karma Tensum

    Karma was born in Tibet and escaped to India as a very young child. His…...Read More

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    VJ Supera

    V J’s experience as an international traveler is second to none! She has traveled to…...Read More

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    Roy Andes

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  • Roberta Anderson

    Roberta Anderson

    Roberta has had a wholesale silver jewelry business based in India since 1983, and has…...Read More

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    Wintersong Safronoff

    Winter has been traveling internationally since she was in her teens! She learned the ropes…...Read More

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    Jane Wieland

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    Jennifer Prugh

    Since 2009, Jennifer has been passionate about raising money to support exiled Tibetan refugees and the…...Read More

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    Jane Amdahl

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  • Alan Davis

    Alan Davis

    Alan Davis is recently retired from the Montana Association of Land Trusts, working for the…...Read More

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    Melanie Trost

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    Carina Wilmot

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  • Dave Andersen

    Dave Andersen

    Dave has been a friend of TCEF for many years. He has traveled to India…...Read More

Legal Information

Tibetan Children’s Education Foundation is a charitable educational corporation under the nonprofit laws of the State of Montana, United States of America. TCEF exists exclusively for charitable and educational purposes as a public charity under Sections 501(c)(3) and 509(a)(2) & (a)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code of 1986. TCEF’s charitable tax exempt status was recognized by letter from the United States Internal Revenue Service on June 4, 1997. The corporation was chartered by the State of Montana on December 22, 1995. A copy of our tax filings can be requested.

Tibetan Children’s Education Foundation
P.O. Box 1403
Helena, MT 59624

406 443 6078  tcef@mt[dot]net