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Overview – projects in 2020, projects 2021



Food assistance to families affected by ongoing Pandemic in Upper Dolpo


Dear friends, students and supporters of Dolpo Tulku Rinpoche,


The consequences of the months-long lockdown in 2020 pose enormous challenges, especially for marginalized groups of Nepalese society (elderly people, people with disabilities and single parents, etc.). The loss of income sources and the elimination of trade opportunities due to border closures are leading to massive food shortages in high mountain regions such as the Dolpo.


At the request of the local government, Dolpo Tulku Charitable Foundation agreed to take responsibility for food distribution and implement the project with the help of various organizations such as Dolpo Tulku e.V., HUMAN Stiftung, Altitude Project, Schulverein Lo-Manthang, Chay Ya Nepal and Dolpo Mutual Aid . With the support of these organizations, the project was fully funded and benefited 755 families in three local rural districts of Upper Dolpo.


A total of 15,540 kg of rice was procured for 518 families and 6000 kg of flour for 200 families. Suppliers and muleteers packed each bag of rice and flour in waterproof envelopes before loading up to 60 kg of weight onto mules. A total of 359 mules were needed to transport all the supplies to 22 villages in the three communes of Upper Dolpo. Each trek takes at least 2-3 days each way.


Many thanks on behalf of all cooperation partners and helpers for your support in these challenging times!


Total expenditure 2021: 28,500 € / 32,355 USD


Find further Info about the Food Assistance in Upper Dolpo here

Find the final report here!



Relief supplies for Nepal – delivery of 150,000 medical masks and 500 antigen rapid tests to protect the population

Aid alliance “You’ve got a friend”


Nepal was very badly affected by the pandemic in spring 2021 and the people are left to their own devices as the health systems are overrun with patients and cannot cope with the onslaught.


In difficult times you need friends and we, too, can only provide this humanitarian aid with the help of friends.


As an aid alliance “You’ve got a friend” we have transported together with  Friendly Hunting, Caritas Krankenhilfe Berlin, A Bleistift FOR EVERYONE, alpha trans and the association namasté-project e.V. 150.000 medical masks and 500 antigen rapid tests to Nepal to protect the population.


We would like to thank you in the name of all cooperation partners and helpers for your generous and quick support!!!


We hope this measure could make a small contribution to contain the spread of the coronavirus in Nepal, so that the hard lockdown could be loosened up and those who suffer most from the restrictions and their consequences can return to a regular life.



Ongoing Pandemic Food Support Program

1100 families received Relief Packages with supplies for one month 




In response to the Corona pandemic in 2020 DTCF began the distribution of food rations for families. Each package of staple foods is calculated to last for one month for a household of four to five people. The distribution is extremely well prepared and organized according to health safety rules by DTCF and has been recognized as one of the best relief programs in Boudha. A total of 1.100 families have been supplied by the Food Support Program in 2020. 


Total expenditures 2020: 33.000 € / 39.927 USD

Link to the COVID-19 Relief Proposal


The fourth phase of the Food Programme has been diligently implemented by DTCF staff members in collaboration with local administrators and in accordance with as many safety measures as possible.


We would like to appreciate all the friends, disciples, donors and well-wishers of Dolpo Tulku Rinpoche who walked with us in this journey of service. And also huge respect to team members for their courage and willingness to serve in the field.


Although the strict lockdown in Nepal was lifted from one day to the next on 22 July 2020, schools as well as other training facilities and many public institutions remain closed. Since tourism has completely ceased to exist and many of the daily wage earners depend on this industry, the situation will remain difficult for them. It is questionable whether the tourism industry will be able to recover somewhat over the autumn, and economists believe that it will take at least 2-3 years for the economy to recover.


In addition, many Nepalis live off the support of their relatives who work abroad as guest workers. However, due to the global corona crisis, many of these contractual workers have lost their jobs and now return to Nepal as unemployed.


Due to all these factors, the situation of the poorest members of society in Nepal remains tense and many of the daily wage earners are dependent on further support.


The foundation plans to continue the same support to additional families in the coming days. Therefore, if any individual or organisation is willing to be part of this noble cause, they are invited wholeheartedly to support. No donation is big or small as any amount will help a family to mitigate their ration struggle so we earnestly and humbly would request to take part in this gift of support and togetherness.


€35/$38 will be enough to support a family with food for one month! It will provide a whole family system with: 25 kg of rice, 5 kg of lentil, 10 kg of wheat flour, 4 liters of oil and 4 bars of soap.


Donate now and help more families cope with the aftermath of the Corona Pandemic!



Thank you to all the donors for your kindness and generosity!


Link  to DTCF Food Programme COVID-19 Report Phase 1

Link  to DTCF Food Programme COVID-19 Report Phase 2

Link  to DTCF Food Programme COVID-19 Report Phase 3

Link  to DTCF Food Programme COVID-19 Report Phase 4



Shelter for Flood victims in the Terai Region


Due to the unusually high rainfalls during the Monsoon season of 2020 devastating floods occurred in the Terai Region in Nepal. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic the DTCF initiated a relief program advising and helping organize the procurement of building materials to construct shelters and reconstruct homes. 

Upon visiting the victim’s families and surveying and asking about their needs, the foundation reached out to support 45 needy families with locally made cement tiles for roofing the houses damaged by floods and storms during the monsoon season as per the suggestion and preference of the families. And the relief recipient families have agreed to contribute from their side in the construction and gathering of required materials to build the structure.


The recipients of this little contribution express that they are pleased to have a better roof to live under after all those days and nights with a leaky and open ceiling. 


Total expenditures 2020 (including admin. costs): 4.100 € / 5.000 USD

Flood Shelter Proposal





Fire in the Kimri Village / Mugu District

Early May 2018 a devastating fire burnt down the homes of 18 families in the Kimri Village, near Dolpo. Within a few minutes the lives of the affected were obliterated. Behause of the remoteness of the village it is impossible to transport emergency goods there by car or truck. Therefore Dolpo Tulku Rinpoche decided when he was asked for help, to provide each Family with 500 USD, so they could buy whatever they needed most and could access easily. This includes plastic tarps, food items and wood.


Estimated costs: 8.100 Euro /9,000 USD

Report of the fire in Kimri 


Pictures of the village before and during the catastrophe




Earthquake 2015


Following the devastating earthquake on 25. April in Nepal, the Dolpo Tulku Charitable Foundation (DTCF) collected donations to immediately help the affected population all over Nepal, who could not be reached by big organizations. The DTCF uses all the money depending on the neediness of the people, determined by the staff of the DTCF, independently from caste or religious background.


Detailed list of all earthquake related activities by the DTCF

Short clip about the DTCF relief efforts:



Earthquake projects 2016


Distribution of 200 Blankets to population affected by the earthquakes in northern Nepal.




Visit of the tin roof project in the Yalung Village, Solokhumbu District, distribution of woollen items and rebuilding of the community hall


Dolpo Tulku Rinpoche travelled in February 2016 to the Yalung village to preside over the annual Buddhist ceremony, held right after the Buddhist New Year. The DTCF had donated tin sheets for 450 families in Mai 2015 as  90% of the houses were destroyed. Rinpoche visited the temporary shelters and at the same time he distributed 250 woollen hats, 167 woollen socks and 115 woollen blankets to school student. He noticed the desolate state of the community hall, which is damaged beyond repair. Therefore Rinpoche donated 3500 Euros for a new building as the community hall is the centre of the village life and is used for all the village festivities. He also allocated 500 Euros for the building of a community hall in a neighbouring village.




Here is selection of projects that the DTCF has supported since 2015:


Distribution on tin sheets and tarpaulins for the temporary shelters


Already two days after the first big earthquake on April 25th, Dolpo Tulku Rinpoche travelled through Kathmandu to get a first hand impression on the damage that incurred. Talking to the affected people, he quickly understood, that shelters are the most pressing need. Only with a roof over one’s head, it is possible to save one’s belongings and especially one’s food from the elements.


The DTCF discussed the details of the relief activities with the leaders of each village it agreed to help at. That included the number of inhabitants, accessibility of the village, the responsibility of each family to erect the basic structure of the shelter with bamboo, wood etc. The DTCF then bought and delivered the tin sheets or in remote areas, that could not reached with trucks, tarpaulins, which where used as roofs and covering materials.


The local population organised the distribution of the materials and kept official records, which were shared with the DTCF. Between end of April and July 2015 more than 1400 families received tin sheets and 3000 households received tarpaulins.


Costs: 100 Euro / 110 USD per family; 20 Euro / 22 USD per tarpaulin



Distribution of food 


The second big need, which was pointed out to the DTCF right away, was food. Especially in the more remote areas, food got scarce, because the collapsing houses buried whatever food the family had stocked under rubble. Whoever was able to rescue some food, shared with less fortunate people, but after a few days, many places had run out of anything edible.


The DTCF reacted by distributed staple foods like lentils, rice, salt and cooking oil to around 1500 families. Additionally, the DTCF also distributed food and every day necessities like soap to the India community living in Boudha/Kathmandu, that also suffered financial and material losses, reaching 77 households.


Costs: Ca. 35 Euro / 40 USD for a week for food provisions



Medical help for a camp of displaced people from Sindhapulchowkk 


Sindhapulchowk was one of the most affected areas by the earthquake. Many people had to leave the area due to threat of land slides and the lack of possibilities to erect safe shelters. More than 700 people found refuge in a small tent colony in Boudha, Katmandu, waiting to return to their homes.


Some of them reached the camp with open wounds, inflicted by the earthquake, and which could only be superficially treated in hospitals. Other people suffer from colds, head aches from staying under plastic sheets and allergies from the difficult hygienic conditions. A warm hearted and kind nurse named Takchi Sherpa witnessed the situation, gave up her job, put her children up in boarding school and started caring full time for the sick.


In the beginning she paid all the drugs and other expenses from her own pocket, but end of July she requested the DTCF for help as she was not able to support her work through her own efforts. The DTCF then took on the financial responsibility of the project, including the wage for two additional nurses, a tent for elderly people, who need special attention, more nourishing food for the severely sick and financial support for operations.


Expenditure for a month: 1500 Euro / 1700 USD



Financial support for temples and monasteries 


An estimated 1300 temples, monasteries and religious buildings, like stupas, were destroyed or damaged by the earthquake. They all play an important role in the spiritual and social life of the population. This is where people meet, pray and conduct their rituals. Without them, are core piece of their community life is missing.


The DTCF supports several communities and monasteries in their efforts to build temporary temples etc. and to patch up damaged ones, so their religious life can resume.


Support for each community ca. 2500 Euro / 2800 USD



Financial help for temporary buildings to house schools 


UNICEF estimated that after the earthquakes around 1 million children had no where to go to school to. After the affected population took care of their immediate needs like housing, food and medical care, they turned towards education for their children.


The DTCF was asked by several villages to help in this regard. The DTCF initially agreed to support three schools and depending on its resources will take care of more.


Expenditure for each school: 1500 Euro / 1700 USD



Long term project in connection with the earthquake –
a school near Kathmandu 


Dolpo Tulku Rinpoche already thought for years of building a school near Kathmandu, which combines modern education with Buddhist education. First the wish came up to provide young monks and nuns wit a monastic environment which included a school giving them the opportunity to graduate with a School Leaving Certificate (SLC). This would enable them as young people to decide whether they want to continue a life in a monastery and if not, give them the opportunity to go on to college and live a secular life.


The earthquake though prompted Rinpoche to fast track the building of the school project to enable affected children to gain an education there as well, side by side with the ordained children. The medium language will be English. At the moment the staff of the DTCF is working on the financial, educational and building plans. The school will be situated in Sankhu, close to Kathmandu, on a piece of land, that the DTCF has already purchased for this project.