May 13 is “Matching Day” for Safe Childbirth in Rural Tibet

Tibetan mother with infant

To raise funds for our Safe Childbirth in Tibet program, we began a new Global Giving campaign in March 2015. On the first day, we received donations from 44 individuals totaling $3,343—thank you everyone who responded! The campaign will continue until we reach our project goal of $30,000. Since 2004, the Amitabha Foundation has been working in Ayang Rinpoche’s birthplace area to help reduce maternal and infant mortality. In 2013-2014, none of the 202 women who used our birthing kits died, but tragically, 14 of their infants died within the first 3 months. Saving the lives of women and infants is critical to stabilizing families and the entire community. We must continue to educate and provide resources for safe childbirth until women are no longer afraid to get pregnant and all infants thrive. Click Tibet Progress Report 2013 to download our 10-year report.

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This year we will provide training materials and resuscitation masks, teach the local health care providers to carry out newborn resuscitation at a home birth, pay salaries for the health care providers, and purchase a new ambulance to give all families access to emergency services. On May 13Matching Day, Global Giving contributes an percentage so your online donation will be worth more on that day. You may continue to make donations that are tax-deductible in the US every day until our goal is met. Go online to make a donation by credit card or PayPal, Donor Advised Funds, wire transfer, stock, or see below to mail a check in USD or Canadian Dollars.


To donate to our campaign by check (these funds will not be matched but are still greatly appreciated):

  1. Make checks payable to: The GlobalGiving Foundation
  2. Mail the check to:The GlobalGiving Foundation
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  3. On the memo line, please write Project #20098. If you would like to get email updates on the project or a personal thank you, please also write your email address.
  4. GlobalGiving accepts any check in US or Canadian dollars.
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Consecration of Ayang Monastery in Tibet August 8, 2014

The present Ayang Rinpoche is the seventh incarnation of the founder of Ayang Monastery in Eastern Tibet (Kham), which was built more than 400 years ago as a branch of the main Drikung monastery. When Rinpoche visited here in 2003, he decided that the original monastery was too remote and that the nomad community and the monks would benefit from having it relocated.  Rinpoche received permission from the Chinese government to relocate it on the shores of Nying-je Tso (“The Lake of Compassion”), about 3 hours west of Jyekundo (Chinese, Yushu) in Qinghai province. The new monastery has been under construction since that time.  Damaged in the great 2010 Yushu earthquake, it is now nearly complete. Ayang Rinpoche will be visiting his monastery in Eastern Tibet for the consecration ceremony, August 8, 2014. To make an auspicious connection with the new monastery and the ceremonies surrounding the consecration, sponsor butterlamps, tsok, tea and bread for the monks, money offerings for the monks and lamas, or ritual offerings (statues, mandalas, bumpas, bowls, capalas, etc.).

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Ayang Monastery Clinic in Tibet

At Ayang Rinpoche’s request, in 2004 two of his Western students travelled to Tibet to try to find ways to reduce maternal mortality in his monastery; Local nomads and village leaders requested that a clinic be built and doctors trained to help meet the health needs in the community.
Rima Village Leaders

Rima Village Leaders

First meeting with Nomads in 2004
First meeting with Nomads in 2004

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Ayang Residential School Report

The Amitabha Foundation is helping support a boarding school in Ayang Rinpoche’s monastery area in eastern Tibet.  In August 2008, a meeting was convened and attended by Yushu County officials, the Rashu Township Secretary, the school headmaster, representatives of Ayang Monastery, the school’s 5 teachers (2 full-time and 3 part-time), students’ parents and 92 students. They met to discuss four major issues: (1) funding received from the conclusion of 2006 to June 2008; (2) delivering of food supplies; (3) delivery of 91 students’ summer and winter uniforms and shoes; (4) sponsorship of 17 additional students.

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