Projects in Tibet
Tibet is the spiritual home for most of the volunteers at Gaden Relief. Zasep Rinpoche, our spiritual director, was born to a nomadic family in the Zadoh region of eastern Tibet. Our first project, started in 1988, was to reconstruct Zuru Monastery located near the town of Zadoh. Gaden Relief has been active in Tibet ever since.
Tibet is undergoing rapid change, particularly as the government is encouraging nomads to abandon their herding lifestyle and move to the cities and towns. This policy is affecting traditional life in rural Tibet where all of our Tibet projects are located. In some cases the demographic changes have caused the near collapse of rural monasteries. More than ever our support is needed to help preserve what’s left of traditions that go back centuries.
In general, with respect to Tibet, Gaden Relief’s projects have been confined to mainly two geographical areas:
- Yushu or Yeshu Prefecture
- Zadoh region
Unfortunately, increased government control of foreign aid workers since 2008 has affected Gaden Relief’s ability to operate in Tibet. We continue to support our Tibet projects, and we continue to find ways to deliver our aid, but there is no doubt that we have entered a challenging era for managing our Tibet projects.