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TCV: Tibetan Children's Villages

Location: Dharamsala, India
Website: www.michaelolaf.net/motcvproject.html
Program Established: 1960
# of Children: 300Ages Served: 3-7
Immediate Needs:
  1. Sponsor a child at US$50 per month
  2. Send donations towards the following projects:
    1. School Improvement
    2. Medical Fund
    3. General Fund - to be used where the need is the greatest
  3. Send used warm clothing for both children and adults.
  4. Sensorial Materials - particularly binomial and trinomial cubes, globes and puzzle maps.
  5. Language Materials - pictures for phonetic words and phonograms.

For information on how to send donations, click here.

Contact Person: Susan Stephenson
Contact Information: www.michaelolaf.net/motcvproject.html
Village Life

From the beginning, the philosophy of care in the Tibetan Children's Village homes has been to provide a loving, nurturing environment as close to that of a natural family as possible. Family groups, called Khimtsang, are cared for by foster parents, who raise the children as brothers and sisters. They share in the household chores; and the older children are encouraged to help the younger ones.


The TCV schools have a dual responsibility to their children. They must provide a complete modern education, to equip the students with the skills necessary to succeed in the 21st Century. But just as importantly they must teach the children to appreciate who they are and understand the rich cultural heritage of Tibet. It is crucially important that the children understand the history of their country, including its tragic recent past, in order to share the dreams of the Tibetan exile community as a whole, and one day take up their own role in a new free Tibet.The school curriculum follows that of the Central Board of Secondary Education, New Delhi, which is the regional examining board for the state of India. TCV follows the Indian educational system, but tailors its program to suit the requirements of children from varied backgrounds, with varying needs. The emphasis is placed on the abilities of each child, with the objective of providing the best education in each individual case. Some eventually receive vocational training, to help provide them with the skills to find meaningful work, while those with the necessary academic aptitude are helped to prepare for university. In accordance with the policy of the Government of India and UNESCO, Tibetan children are provided an education in Tibetan.

TCV schools have adopted the Montessori teaching methodology, which emphasizes the inner development of children, as opposed to the traditional approach. The Montessori approach places children in a classroom environment which is designed to encourage their natural curiosity and innate desire to learn. TCV has taken this philosophy and adapted it to suit the specific needs of their children. School doesn't end with childhood: in keeping with the philosophy of wholistic education, TCV operates a Mothers Training Centre, which offers a four month course covering everything from basic language skills to child psychology, health, and hygiene to such necessary basic skills as how to operate a gas stove.


The lion's share of the funding received by TCV comes from SOS Kinderdorf International and, to a lesser extent, other aid organizations. The Tibetan exile community's contribution is growing in proportion to the means available to its members. The goal is for TCV and, in a broader sense, the exile community to eventually become financially self-reliant; and, to that end, a number of ventures have been initiated, such as handicraft centres, to generate revenue. A relatively small but significant percentage of funding comes from direct sponsorship by individuals. This benefits TCV, but it also provides a valuable opportunity for people around the world to establish a direct, personal relationship with a Tibetan child. They are able to exchange letters, and send small gifts. The sponsorship money is used for the benefit of all the children, so that there are no inequities created between children with sponsors and those without. Information about sponsoring a child can be obtained by contacting TCV directly, or through The Tibet Fund.

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