The Tibet Humanitarian Project

The Tibet Humanitarian Project supports projects to improve education, health and the environment in Kham, Tibet. THP works in partnership with communities to create an infrastructure for sustainable development.
Jul 7, 2016

Thank You for Your Generous Support

To our loyal supporters we say “Tucheje, or Thank you!” for your continued support. With the rules and regulations which allow this type of development work going through major changes, we need to suspend fund-raising for the Water Project while we determine how to meet the requirements in order to continue this important work. The Water Project has benefited our eastern Tibetan villagers greatly, and they have asked us to convey their deep gratitude to all of you who have donated so generously and loyally over the last six years. Through your kind donations you have enabled them to change their lives in the most fundamental way possible. If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at our email for the Tibet Humanitarian Project, thp@yahoo.com.

This is the end of just one chapter in the arc of this project. We have succeeded in bringing water down the mountain to the Village. There remain several other goals yet to be accomplished, including improving the water distribution system and expanding it to outlying villages and hamlets. It is the hope of the Tibet Humanitarian Project that we will be able to address these needs at some future time with appropriate government approval. We hope to reach out to you again for your continued support in the near future.

Thank you again for your aid and support.

Feb 17, 2016

News from the Village: We Await Approval and the Spring Thaw

February in Tibet brings freezing temperatures and snow flurries. The ground through which the pipeline runs is currently frozen to a depth of almost three feet, making the necessary repairs impossible to accomplish. As we mentioned in the last report, in this part of Tibet the support and approval of the County administration is critical for a project of this size, very like our building permit process here in the US. Equally important is the support and input of the County Engineering Department, who must approve any plans and who will monitor the project as it proceeds. As you can imagine, there is a serious political component to the approval process. The long Tibetan Winter is giving the Village time to line up the support that they need on several levels of government to assure that approval is granted and that repairs are successful. The Village is currently getting bids on the high-quality materials necessary to complete the project so that they are ready to go forward as soon as the weather and County administration permit.

We continue to hear from the Village how much they appreciate the support provided by the Global Giving community. That people whom  they have never met, from the other side of the world, would continue to care and assist them in the face of this kind of setback is  both reassuring and amazing to them.

Oct 27, 2015

News from the Village: Approval has Been Delayed

In our last report we conveyed the good news that a major donor  had made  it  possible  for  the village to  repair  the pipeline  before  the  onset of  the Tibetan winter. Unfortunately, the project has been delayed. In this very remote part of Tibet, the support of the County Administration is crucial for any project to move forward. There  were delays in the approval process over  the Summer that have now pushed the repair of the pipeline into  next Spring. The village leadership  has  been working with the County’s leadership  committee and the County engineers to agree on  a design and plan that will avoid any similar problems going into  the future. Several important elements are the possible modification of the route of  the pipeline so that it can be buried deeply enough in the rocky mountainous soil to avoid freezing; effective insulation as a fail-safe mechanism; and the specification and purchasing of materials that are certified to meet government standards. Each of these elements  has  its own unique challenges  and requires proactive local/regional government partnership to achieve success.

The one constant  throughout this sometimes  frustrating process  is   the persistence and  equanimity shown by the villagers. Even though they are once again  carrying water down the mountain every day, they know that we, the network of Global  Giving supporters, continue to support their efforts and are committed to the long-term success of the project.

 

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