How TRAS Works
Since 1962, TRAS has developed a network of partner organizations in India, Nepal, and Tibet that implement health care and education projects in their communities.
Projects approved and funded by TRAS are planned and executed by local communities in the Himalayas: they know best what they need.
Project proposals come directly from partner organizations in the field to TRAS’s Board of Directors. The Board accepts projects that:
- fit TRAS’s mandate of supporting the health and education of children and youth in the Himalayan regions of India, Nepal and Tibet
- will be implemented by local Himalayan partners with the capacity to see the projects through to successful completion
- will fit within TRAS’s budgetary constraints
TRAS raises funds year round from individual donors and through regular fundraising and educational events. Larger projects may be eligible for matching grants from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), but many projects are funded by TRAS alone, allowing TRAS to respond to small and large needs alike. TRAS relies on the generosity of donors to continue its work for Himalayan people.
TRAS sends no staff or volunteers abroad, preferring to work with local partners in the Himalayas, using local expertise and materials, to address some of the social, economic, medical and environmental needs of this region.