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Rowell Fund for Tibet Announces 2017 Grantees

The Board of Advisors of the Rowell Fund for Tibet has selected 10 Tibetan grantees for financial support totaling $34,500 for 2017. The winners were chosen out of 21 project proposals with individual grants $3,000 to $3,500 and will be carried out in India and other countries.

The Rowell Fund for Tibet was established in 2003 in memory of the late Galen Rowell and his wife Barbara who died tragically in a plane crash in 2002. Galen Rowell was an internationally known outdoor photographer whose "Rainbow over the Potala Palace" has become an iconic photo for adventure travelers and Tibet supporters.

The Rowell Fund for Tibet, established by friends and family of Galen and Barbara, in cooperation with the International Campaign for Tibet, is to support the work of Tibetans communicating issues of importance to broader Tibetan or international audiences through photography, film-making, writing, journalism, and other projects.

The grantees for 2017 are:

  • Conservation of Tibet House Museum (Produce a catalog of objects in the museum) in New Delhi, India
  • Preservation of Dromo Labrang Museum and Library in Kalimpong, India
  • Archival of Religious History (Publishing books on historical and holy sites of Western Tibet), Nepal
  • Nurturing Children’s book writers and illustrators (bi-lingual manual), Dharamsala, India
  • Establishing a Children’s Library in Mungod, India
  • Tibetan Women’s Football Camp, Dharamsala, India
  • Tibetan Wedding Culture Preservation Project (filming and writing,) Nepal
  • Nature Trail: Exploring the Natural World (Outdoor education program for Tibetan Students,) New Delhi, India

Two of the projects are confidential ones, as requested by the grantees and considering the nature of the projects.

The Advisory Board of the Rowell Fund includes: John Ackerly, Conrad Anker, David Breashears, Jimmy Chin, Bob and Beth Cushman, John Jancik, Terri Baker, Bob Palais, Tony Rowell and Nicole Rowell Ryan. The Fund is managed by the International Campaign for Tibet.

by John at 05:05:39 pm


Tibet in Tuolumne Benefit For The Rowell Fund For Tibet


by John at 07:59:18 am


Facebook was too busy to meet ICT… even though they had time to welcome China’s internet censors

BY: Matteo Mecacci, President of the International Campaign For Tibet

As promised, our petition to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was delivered yesterday at their Headquarters in Menlo Park, California. Over 20,000 people, from no less than 130 countries (!) signed it.

At ICT we are very proud and inspired to be part of a global movement of citizens who are concerned both about the well being of the Tibetan people, and the status and future of civil liberties in our democratic countries.

I would like to personally thank each of you who signed and shared this initiative with friends and family. I am firmly convinced that by uniting individuals of good will we can make change happen in this world, and ICT is fully committed to continuing to work hand in hand with you. We will reach out to you asking for your involvement and engagement with our work, and I really hope that you will continue to respond positively and take action.

To deliver the petition, I took the time to fly to San Francisco and joined our partners at Care2 to go to Facebook Headquarters. Before arriving I wrote to Debbie Frost, the VP for International Communications and Public Affairs who had been kind enough to respond to our petition on my blog, requesting a meeting to deliver the petitions and to further discuss this very important issue.

I never received a response, but I thought that since Zuckerberg stated that freedom of expression is very important to Facebook, they would find someone to receive a petition signed by over 20,000 people – many of them Facebook users – who are concerned about their policy regarding the deletion of videos of Tibetans’ self-immolations.

I was wrong. When the receptionist reached out to her office it turned out that she too busy to meet us and nobody else was available. We were instructed to leave the petition with the security guards and leave, which we did.

I am neither disappointed nor surprised; I am just sorry for Facebook, a company that is playing an important role for the future of freedom of expression in the world. They found time to give a warm welcome to the head of China’s censorship machine, but did not find the time to listen to the concerns of over twenty thousand citizens.

As a Member of Parliament and of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, I have met with Presidents, Prime Ministers, Foreign Ministers, Members of Parliament and business leaders all over the world. When someone does not respond to a request for a meeting on an issue of public concerns it means either that there is a lot of confusion on how to respond, or there is something to hide.

In any case, rest assured that we will continue to watch and monitor closely the status of freedom of expression on Facebook.

by John at 12:50:53 pm


The Rowell Fund For Tibet --- Make A Donation To Help Tibetans

The Rowell Fund for Tibet gives small grants to Tibetans who are working to promote their culture and environment in the arenas of environmental conservation, photography, humanitarian issues, journalism/literature, and women’s projects. The Fund is managed by the International Campaign for Tibet. Tibetans from any country are eligible to apply. All donations to the Rowell Fund are fully tax-deductible.

Donate by check: Make checks payable to the “Rowell Fund for Tibet/ICT” and mail to:

International Campaign for Tibet
1825 Jefferson Place, NW
Washington, DC 20036

by John at 02:06:23 pm


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by John at 04:11:00 pm