what we are about?
RATNA TARA TRUST was formed in Dharamsala, India on 12 December 2010 (registered under the Public Charitable Trust, Regd. No. 1024/2005). The main focus of the foundation is to give all Tibetan students living in exile, equal opportunity to a continuing education regardless of their social or economic standing.
Its founder Ven. Ngawang Woeber, a Tibetan Buddhist monk and former teacher at the Tibetan Childrens Village School in Kulu, constantly saw bright young minds, being hindered by poverty and family circumstances. Most students facing no availability of supporting themselves are unable to continue their education and they face the limited choice of either returning to Tibet, or remain in India; both options providing limited opportunities for work or hope for the future, without adequate education.
Many of the students supported by RATNA TARA TRUST have been forced to live in exile as refugees to escape the religious and cultural genocide of their country by the Chinese Government. Having made the dangerous journey across the Himalayan Mountain ranges, leaving family and friends behind, many have no means to support themselves financially or emotionally.
In some cases, parents still living in Tibet, face the unthinkable decision of sacrificing their love of their child; risking major danger to their own lives to smuggle them into Dharamsala, then leaving them in the care of the Refugee Authorities, in the hope to give them a better future than in Tibet.
The community school helps to educate these children, yet their funds are limited and once the student reaches year 12, they must then find their own means of continuing their education. For many this is an impossible dream, and have no option but to return to Tibet, where they face unemployment due to the fact that the Chinese Government favors a Chinese workforce.
This is when Ven. Woeber decided that something needed to be done, otherwise the young generation of Tibetans living in exile were facing a future of limited education and the constant cycle of poverty, due to lack of employment.