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Andrea E Soros, Eric Colombel
Trace Foundation supports the continuity and development of Tibetan culture, language, and places, improving lives and strengthening communities on the Tibetan Plateau.
For twenty years, Trace Foundation has supported Tibetan language and culture while strengthening the ability of Tibetan communities to meet their own needs. We implement and fund projects that integrate cultural and developmental goals and respect environmental principles.
Our work is not limited to the development work in Tibetan areas of China, however; we are also very active at our headquarters in New York, seeking to further the Foundation's through outreach and events, which include lectures, seminars, and exhibitions and draw diverse audiences (including a large Tibetan audience eager for the rare opportunity to learn about their own history and culture). Also in New York, our library holds an unmatched collection of materials related to contemporary Tibetan culture. Above all, the library is known as one of the largest collections of Tibetan audio-visual materials in the world.
Culture is our single largest area of support. From preserving historic buildings and the digitization of ancient texts to supporting contemporary Tibetan artists, Trace Foundation has sought not only to preserve the incredible heritage of this unique region but also to foster a living culture. Local culture lies at the heart of each of our interventions, grounding the projects firmly in the communities from which they come.
As the cornerstone of sustainable development, education is our second largest area of activity. That work has focused on expanding access at all levels, improving the quality of instruction, and strengthening critical infrastructure. We have focused especially on improving primary and secondary education, particularly in math, science, and English (subjects critical for success in the Chinese education system). Through our projects and grants we have trained well over 1,000 teachers in the past 18 years. Trace Foundation's Tibetan-Medium Higher Education Scholarship Project (TMHES), another of our largest commitments in education, provides opportunities to promising and qualified individuals to enhance their knowledge and skills through short-term training and degree programs both inside and outside China.
Last but not least, Trace Foundation supports community development projects that build on local assets and strengths while respecting local culture to improve lives on the Tibetan Plateau. We have supported a wide variety of projects, particularly those that improve the quality of and access to education, economic opportunity, healthcare, or clean water.
Today, Trace Foundation continues to support projects across the Tibetan Plateau. Focusing on the unique needs of these diverse communities, we're expanding access to education, raising the standard of living, and ensuring the continuation of Tibetan culture.