Save Tibet is the largest Tibet Support Group in Austria and has, since its founding in 1994, been supporting the people of Tibet in their quest for freedom and fundamental human rights.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama has visited Austria several times, and Save Tibet has been actively involved in the preparation of a number of these visits, as well as facilitating meetings between leaders of the Central Tibetan Administration and representatives of the Austrian government and parliament. For the 80th birthday of His Holiness, Save Tibet will be participating in a televised discussion that will be broadcast on Austrian television.
Read on below for more details on Save Tibet Austria’s main activities.
Save Tibet’s priorities are:
- Sponsorships of 1,000 Tibetan children, nuns, handicapped and elderly Tibetans, including the parents of former political prisoner Dhondup Wangchen.
- Providing financial aid to various cultural, medical, educational and infrastructure projects in the Tibetan communities in exile
- Raising public awareness of the Tibet issue through media coverage and events
- Lobbying the Austrian government
Save Tibet has over the years provided to-date more than € 5 million in sponsorships and support for projects benefitting Tibetans in exile and in Tibet, including financing the construction of 4 homes in various Tibetan Children’s Villages (TCV). Save Tibet recently donated €15,000 for the renovation of the roofs of several homes in TCV, Gopalpur, India.
Save Tibet has taken part in international Tibet campaigns such as the World Bank, the Beijing Olympics, release of political prisoners and the Universal Periodic Review of China in the U.N. In Austria itself, the following 2 successful campaigns illustrate our political presence:
- Raise a Flag for Tibet – around 200 cities, towns and communities in Austria raised the flag of Tibet on their town halls and official buildings on 10 March 2015. Click here to see which places participated in this campaign which has been running for over 10 years.
- Save Tibet protested to the Austrian government against training provided in Austria by the Austrian military to Chinese soldiers. This program was then terminated.