Our involvement in India began even before TFI was formally established. Our founder, Tom Nazario, traveled to India as a part of a UN team in 1999 and was inspired to create TFI from what he saw there. Access to education, particularly for girls, is one of the biggest problems that the country faces. Further, the struggles of refugees from Tibet have compelled us to take action. In India, we support schools and other education-based centers, organizations supporting the Tibetan refugee community, and programs providing routes out of poverty for low-income and slum communities. The Zilla Parishad, Khalsa, and Sanskar Kendra schools support the education of impoverished children. Harmony through Education and the Tabitha Enabling Academy provide education and support to disabled children, as well as working to reduce stigma. The Sirjana Institute and the Swati Kanak Durga Center both provide vocational skills to communities in need, allowing them to create their own route out of poverty. The Tibetan Children’s Village, the Tibetan Delek Hospital, and the Lha Charitable Trust all support the Tibetan refugee community as well as the local impoverished groups. The Tong-Len Charitable Trust supports the children of street beggars and day-labors with educational access. YouthNet provides education and leadership opportunities to children and young people from a rural and underserved region of the country. We also sponsor the education of two children in India.