Since its inception in 1996, The Bridge Fund has assisted Tibetans in the local implementation of nearly 1,000 programs, directly impacting hundreds of thousands of Tibetans (an estimated 754,928 Tibetans as of 2016) and indirectly benefiting more than one million Tibetans living across the Tibetan Plateau.   

TBF program highlights by the numbers

  • 1st sustainable wool and yogurt cooperatives
  • 1st Tibetan business center in Chengdu 
  • 1,314 merit and needs-based scholarships
  • 720 English language Training Program graduates
  • 8 computer centers established in Tibetan schools
  • 43 Masters of Business Administration graduates 
  • 258,262 Tibetan language text books published and disseminated
  • 60,000 Tibetan language environmental awareness posters created and disseminated
  • 77 schools upgraded
  • 25 local Tibetan NGOs established and supported
  • 22 cultural heritage sites restored including Tibetan Buddhist monasteries, nunneries and mani walls 

Overarching TBF initiatives

  • Partnerships with UNESCO and the World Wildlife Fund on 5-year preservation and conservation programs with Tibetan communities
  • Environmental protection training programs for Tibetan rangers (‘nature guards’) in the Changtang
  • Multi-year training and skills workshops for doctors, nurses, midwifes and veterinarians
  • Multi-year business development and marketing trainings for artisans and entrepreneurs
  • Tibetan language medium education support — libraries, materials, teacher and principal trainings
  • Tibetan language text publication and preservation program with foreign and Tibetan scholars
  • Programs with monasteries and nunneries to respond to social, cultural and environmental needs
  • Officially allowed to work with Chinese partners on the delivery or urgent disaster relief


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