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The Terma Foundation is a nonsectarian humanitarian organization whose creative programs combine indigenous and western knowledge to confront the enormous health crisis now affecting the six million Tibetans within China. Tibet is one of the few remaining ancient, nonviolent civilizations. Its futureâ its children and its cultureâ affects our global community. One million Tibetan children are at risk of dying from disease and malnutrition. Their deaths are preventable. You can help. Founded in 1993 as the Tibet Child Nutrition Project (TCNP), the Terma Foundation now implements public health programs including nutrition, education, primary and preventive health care, acknowledging traditional belief systems, and integrating low-tech, low-cost western technology where appropriate. Terma's work in the TAR and adjacent ethnic Tibetan areas of the People's Republic of China is carried out by a multidisciplinary coalition of Tibetans, Chinese, and westerners in successful cooperation with PRC nationals and local health authorities.
Objectives include: Focusing on the health and welfare of children, women, and the elderly who maintain indigenous values while confronting contemporary challenges; Promoting environmentally appropriate traditional agriculture, consumption of high nutrient indigenous foods, and cultivation of Tibetan herbs; Supporting educational programs in public health, literacy, vocational training, the arts, and international education exchange; Developing microeconomic initiatives at the grassroots level which will sustain the local health infrastructure; and Facilitating interaction between Tibetans and other indigenous communities internationally and on issues relating to health, education, and the environment.
- Heather Mackay
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