Educate a Rural Tibetan Girl
Machik founded the Mother's Wish Program in 2003 and it has since become a local NGO called Mother's Wish Foundation (MWF). Your support to the MWF will help provide a scholarship for a rural low-income girl in Amdo or for girl to attend and board at the Chungba Middle School in Kham.
Girls across the Tibetan plateau face starkly unequal access to education. Since families who cannot afford to educate all their children typically educate only their sons, many girls never attend school and only 13% of women in Tibet today are literate. This gross inequality is a product of systemic injustices, yet can be addressed one community at a time by providing the financial resources to send girls to school. When given the opportunity, Tibetan women have proven that their achievements can far exceed the expectations of skeptics, and that they can serve as visionaries and leaders for their communities and beyond.
Partner since September, 2008
Machik works to help chart new pathways forward as communities on the Tibetan plateau approach uncertain times. They work directly with local Tibetan communities to help overcome many uncertainties. Their programs include education (rural, urban, primary to middle school, college scholarships, vocational training), women’s initiatives (education for girls and young women, women’s literature and publishing), conservation (solar technologies, greenhouses, clean water), social entrepreneurs (film-makers, health workers, etc), and income generation (incense, motorbike repairs, tourism, etc.). By providing new resources, networks, tools and technology, Machik's goal is to establish a portal for developing new partnerships that can help create alternative pathways toward a strong, healthy, and more sustainable future on the Tibetan plateau. Through outreach efforts to Tibetans, Chinese, and global citizens alike, they seek to build a shared understanding of the potential of their work for a collective future. Machik’s Ruth Walter Chungba Primary School (CPS), now in its seventh year of operation, has set a new standard for rural Tibetan primary education in Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture.