Check out this short video on our President, Tom, and how he came to found TFI. We think you’ll love it!
Kathryn served with the TCHRD in Dharamsala, India in summer 2016.
I applied to law school with dreams of becoming an international human rights and global health lawyer. After studying the typical first year law courses, I was eager to travel and advocate for the human rights of vulnerable communities outside of the U.S. Working as a legal intern for the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy was the perfect introduction into international human rights law in a professional, non-governmental setting. Read more »
Peter served with the TCHRD in India in Summer 2016.
Through the TFI Fellowship Program, I spent eight weeks in Dharamsala, India working with the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD). As a nongovernmental organization staffed entirely by Tibetans in exile, TCHRD plays an incredibly important role in monitoring, researching, and exposing human rights violations in Tibet to both the international community and Tibetans living around the globe. As a visiting fellow, I learned firsthand the intricacies of Tibet’s long and hard fought struggle to maintain its unique culture and identity in the face oppressive government policies. Read more »
It’s right there in the name, “Hogar de Esperanza Mama Victoria” . I can’t find any better word to encapsulate the feeling at the Mama Victoria women’s shelter in Lima, Peru. A sunlit grassy courtyard, chickens lazily pecking at bugs, and fresh-painted pottery drying in the sun all lend to the feeling of new opportunities, of safety, and overall, of hope.
Started in 2007, the Mama Victoria shelter is the project of the incredible Nelly Villegas. She overcame the difficulties life threw at her and went on to develop a program to support local women in need. Read more »
When children grow up in the poorest neighborhoods with the lowest-performing schools, how can they break out of the cycle of poverty? This question arises again and again, in all corners of the world. In a community like Callao, an impoverished neighborhood of Lima, Peru, educational opportunities and social support is essential to allowing children to have a different future from that of their parents.
Coprodeli’s educational program works to address this and offers new avenues to children in need. As a part of my program visit to Peru, I went to see the work of this organization. Read more »
Sagrada Familia, April 18 and 19 2016
As I followed Miguel Rodriguez across the dusty concrete in a facility, I watched him greet each child, stooping to hug the littlest ones and laughing with the older ones. Miguel runs Sagrada Familia outside Lima, Peru, supporting 1,200 children between the school and the shelter. Sagrada Familia is a 25 year old organization that TFI has been supporting since 2011 and was my first site visit as a Program Officer.
Going into this program visit, I had heard stories and had some expectation of what it would be like—but I was caught off guard. Read more »
Alisa Webber completed her fellowship in Dharamsala, India in Fall 2015.
It was an honour to spend 9 weeks with the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) in Dharamsala, India in the fall of 2015. The TCHRD is a dynamic organization committed to exposing the human rights conditions in Tibet. The TCHRD also promotes human rights and democracy initiatives locally and internationally.
As a research fellow, my primary task was to draft a chapter for TCHRD’s 2015 Annual Report on the state of human rights in Tibet. Read more »
Christina completed her fellowship in Kibera, Kenya in Summer 2015. Here is her experience:
This summer, I spent three months working with St. Vincent de Paul Community Development Organization in Kibera, Kenya (www.kiberachildren.org). St. Vincent’s is a community-based organization dedicated to reaching orphans and vulnerable children with critical education, nutrition, health and protection services. The organization is located in Kibera – one of Africa’s largest slums. Residents of Kibera struggle with poverty, high rates of unemployment, high rates of violence and lack of infrastructure, such as electricity, running water and garbage collection. Read more »