Why help is needed

SITUATION IN THE TIBETAN SETTLEMENTS IN SOUTH INDIA

The majority of the Buddhist families in the Himalaya region in India in Nepal live in very modest economic circumstances and many of them live below the poverty line. As a result, many children have no access to school education. Many Tibetan families are reluctant to send their children to state schools since the Tibetan language is not usually taught there. It is therefore crucial to provide free education for these young people whilst preserving their own culture.

SITUATION IN THE HIMALAYAN REGION

The illiteracy rate in the region around the Himalayan Mountains is rather high. Due to remote locations and high poverty rates there is a lack of governmental schools, or if they exist, they are difficult to access. In most of the low income households the parents have many children and therefore they can often not afford to send their children to school, private schools which offer better eduation are out of reach due to high tuition fees. Thus, many young children are struggling to make a living while doing very low paid jobs supplementing the financial needs of their families. Access to schooling is denied to many young people, and as a result building up their own livelihood becomes impossible. Golden Bridge’s focus is on improving the opportunities of these children and young adults.