Philosophy of Assistance


TRAS advocates a grassroots approach to assisting Himalayan communities in need. Local partner organizations in northern India, Nepal and Tibet have full responsibility for identifying the health care and education needs in their communities, for proposing and developing projects to meet those needs, and for implementing the projects using local resources and staff.

TRAS therefore does not suggest or impose project ideas or methodologies on its partners, and provides guidance only when called upon.

Through its grassroots approach to development, TRAS has been able to evolve with changing times and needs of Himalayan communities, and promote their sustainable future in culturally appropriate ways.


TRAS is run on a volunteer basis by a Board of Directors. Most of the Directors have had first-hand experience in the region.

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