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Rokpa USA

  • Alexandria, VA
  • http://www.rokpausa.org

Mission Statement

"Helping where help is needed" is the slogan of ROKPA INTERNATIONAL and 17 Branch ROKPA's worldwide, of which ROKPA USA is one. ROKPA has no political agenda and strives to serve people of any racial or faith background. The founders of ROKPA INTERNATIONAL, Dr.Akong Tulku Rinpoche, the late Veit Wyler and Ms. Lea Wyler have dedicated themselves to the humanitarian work of ROKPA since it began 1n1980. Apart from a small paid staff in the Zurich Office, ROKPA is served entirely by volunteers and total overheads remain under 10%. In the USA, even administrative overheads are met by specific donation so that all funds raised are given to the projects. ROKPA has a remarkable track record of serving the needs of vulnerable populations and ecosystems in the Himalayan regions of Tibet and Nepal with an emphasis on orphans, especially girls. Existing education and feeding schemes for the homeless of Johannesburg, South Africa, have been supported since 2001. A project in Zimbabwe helping families of AIDS sufferers is added to the list. ROKPA's philosophy emphasizes the reciprocal benefits that come from open hearted giving. Here at ROKPA USA we are focussed on raising awareness of the opportunity for supporting
Tibetans in their homeland through gifts to ROKPA. We also stay abreast of ROKPA's activities with HIV sufferers and families in Zimbabwe and South Africa.

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Service Areas

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International

Tibet (including Tibetan prefectures in Sichuan, Xinghai, Yunnan and Gansu), Nepal, South Africa and Zimbabwe

ruling year

1993

Principal Officer

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Dr. Akong Tulku

Keywords

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Tibet,Nepal,Zimbabwe,development,education,healthcare,orphans,environment,culture

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EIN

31-1331706

 Number

5758752602

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Education N.E.C. (B99)

Hospitals and Primary Medical Care Facilities (E20)

Environmental Quality, Protection, and Beautification N.E.C. (C99)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Program 1

The current remit of ROKPA USA is to fundraise for the humanitarian projects of ROKPA INTERNATIONAL. The RI operating budget for 2000/1 is $1.55 million for Tibetans in their homeland and $178,000 for Nepal.There are more than 100 projects in support of Tibetans. These are mainly in the poorest rural and nomadic areas. These projects range from support of traditional crafts such as printing of rare religious texts, to reforestation, but especially emphasizes orphan support through providing schools where children may live and be trained for useful work such as medicine, teaching and crafts. Projects aim to become self sustaining, but not to ignore the suffering of the truly destitute. Western volunteers with TEFL qualifications may occasionally find placements, but volunteers are mainly employed in the Nepal projects: Soup kitchen and medical tent in the coldest winter months. Nepal also has a children's home for former street children and a women's workshoplease visit www.rokpa.org or contact us at ROKPA USA.

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Service Areas

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Tibet (including Tibetan prefectures in Sichuan, Xinghai, Yunnan and Gansu), Nepal, South Africa and Zimbabwe

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Rokpa USA

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Principal Officer

Dr. Akong Tulku

BIO

Akong Tulku Rinpoche was born in Eastern Tibet in 1939. His formal education as a reincarnate lama and doctor of Tibetan medicine was complete when he became a refugee. The latter experience of hunger, cold, illness and homelessness, strongly influenced his later concerns: welfare of the most destitute.
He began work with homeless beggars in Nepal in the early 80's. Since 1983 when it became possible to return to his homeland as a British subject he has worked tirelessly to improve conditions for the poorest people in the nomadic areas of his Tibetan homeland. Through links with students in Southern Africa and cities of Europe, he has encouraged the development of appropriate projects relating to poverty relief, health care and education. When at home in Scotland he continues to spend time in the Kagyu Samye Ling community which he co-founded in 1967.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Dr. Akong Tarap Rinpoche

Rokpa International, President

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