Supporting the health and education of Himalayan children and youth


For $40 a month, you can sponsor a child's education. Your support enables a child to attend school by paying for costs associated with tuition, lodging, uniforms, school health, and books and supplies.


In partnership with the Central Tibetan Administration (the Tibetan government-in-exile) and with the full support of the Dalai Lama, TRAS supports nurses' training and continues to improve the lives of many bright young students.


There are bright young students without the opportunity to continue their education after high school in rural regions supported by TRAS. With scholarships, they're able to continue their studies and return to support their home communities with new skills and professional degrees.


TRAS works with local partners to provide access to education for children in Nepal and northern India, improving the lives of the children and their families.


Our partners empower girls and women through knowledge of policies to protect their well-being: their right to education, child labour laws, gender-based discrimination and violence, environmental protection, and more.


TRAS reviews applications for new projects two times per year, focusing on projects supporting the education and health of children and youth in the Himalayas.


TRAS raises funds for trusted Himalayan partner organizations that implement health and education projects in their own communities. Our partners have access to local expertise and materials needed to address the social, economic, medical and environmental needs of this region.

Letter from His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 2012

“I am happy to learn that the Trans-Himalayan Aid Society (TRAS) will be celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Since the Society was founded in 1962, it has given significant support to Tibetan refugees… I would like to express my appreciation of the good work TRAS has done over the last 50 years with my prayers for their continued success in the future.”

Read the full letter here.


TRAS sells a variety of beautiful, high-quality items made by artisans in community-based handicraft centres in northern India and Nepal.


TRAS publishes newsletters and announcements to keep our valued members informed of the latest news.