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Through compassionate giving and service, The Sogan Foundation aspires to bring hope and opportunity to those most in need.
The Sogan Foundation is a humanitarian non-profit foundation which was founded in 2004 in the Bay Area of northern California by Ven. Sogan Rinpoche with the support of his students and friends in the local community and around the world.
TSF's projects are concerned with addressing the roots of poverty and the harms that so often attend it, including poor health, lack of education, degradation of the natural environment and a community sense of isolation and disempowerment.
MAY, 2015: A devastating earthquake brings suffering to millions
Donate here to support disaster relief efforts

We are sending an urgent request for contributions to support victims of the massive earthquake that struck regions of Nepal, Tibet and India on April 25, 2015. Aftershocks are continuing and a major one on May 12 led to additional structural damage, injuries and deaths. With our many close connections in the region you can be assured that all donations will be delivered swiftly to help people in great need.
If you prefer to contribute by mail, please send a check to payable to:
The Sogan Foundation, and our mailing address:

The Sogan Foundation
15362 Cedar View Road
Nevada City, CA 95959
Fundraising Progress
Current total: $30,901
Thank you to our global network of supporters – your generosity has enabled us to help suffering victims of the earthquake. Below you can track the dates and amounts of TSF wire transfers as they are being forwarded to Kathmandu:
May 3 – $3,100
May 11 – $3250
May 15 –
May 21 – $3,763
May 26 – $12,500
August 11 – $3,463
Child sleeping beneath tarp
A child in the Kathmandu Valley sleeps under a TSF-funded tarp in a makeshift shelter. To find out more about the post-earthquake situation in Nepal and to see more photos, click HERE.
TSF’s first projects: a high school and a water system in Golok, Tibet

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Kunsel Kyetsal School

A new school facility for native Tibetan teenagers who need a modern education to sustain hope for a brighter future for themselves and their communities
In 2004, in partnership with local officials and community leaders, The Sogan Foundation (TSF) began work on establishing The Tibetan Institute for Science and Technology (now called Kunsel Kyetsal) in response to a critical lack of educational opportunities for Tibetan teenagers in Golok. At that time there was only one Tibetan high school for all of Golok's 135,000 inhabitants, and it was poorly furnished and in dilapidated condition.

Local leaders envisioned a spacious new building – with fully equipped, modern classrooms – where secondary school students could receive training in the sciences and information technologies in their native Tibetan language. They approached Golok native Sogan Rinpoche with their plan and in response Rinpoche started The Sogan Foundation in 2004.

Kunsel Kyetsal, the science and technology school facility in Golok was TSF's first project. The building was completed in 2007 and since then has welcomed a new class of students every fall. To learn more about Kunsel Kyetsal and see photos of construction, the festive inauguration in 2007 and its hardworking students and teachers, click
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Bayan Water Project

Clean, accessible drinking water for Tibetans living in a new settlement for retired nomads near the monastery on Bayan Mountain
In keeping with a centuries-old tradition of caring for elderly nomads in Golok, in 2007 a small settlement for older Tibetan men and women was established near Bayan Monastery. In 2008 The Sogan Foundation agreed to fund construction of a simple water system for the fledgling Bayan senior community.

Before the new water system was installed, residents had to fill buckets with water from an unprotected spring some distance away, and haul it back along narrow dirt paths to their homes. The hike was difficult even in summer and in the icy Tibetan winters it could be treacherous.

Bayan water project fundraising history

Within a few years several dozen simple homes had been constructed. Here elderly Tibetans can leave behind the rigorous nomadic way of life and settle for the remainder of their days with the companionship of life-long friends and family and caring monks nearby to offer support.

To find out more about the Bayan senior community and how support from TSF has made their lives safer and healthier, click
Besides funding our own projects, The Sogan Foundation supports initiatives of other humanitarian organizations

In March, 2012
TSF gave $1,000 to The Sarnath International Nyingma Institute in support of its mission to serve as a bridge of goodness between East and West. The Institute, which was officially inaugurated in December, 2013, is located in Sarnath, India – a sacred Buddhist pilgrimage site – and its academic focus is on the study of Buddhist languages: Pali, Sanskrit, Tibetan and English.

On December 24, 2013,
we contributed $1,000 to The Dalai Lama Institute for Higher Education, the first Tibetan college for the exile Tibetan community in India. Its prime mission is to inspire Tibetan students to study the Tibetan language and culture as they continue to pursue further studies. The college which is located near the city of Bangalore offers a broad curriculum including science, arts, counseling as well as computer and information technology.

pictured below: The Dalai Lama Institute for Higher Education

The Dalai Lama Institute for Higher Education
Rinpoche performs tsok at Bayan
Ven. Sogan Rinpoche performs tsok at Bayan Monastery in Tibet
For more about Ven. Sogan Rinpoche and his Buddhist teachings, see the website of the California dharma group, Tupten Osel Choling.
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Class in the computer lab at Kunsel Kyetsal, TSF’s first project
Visit the galleries for more images of our activities and see pictures of the Golok region of Tibet where the first two TSF projects are located.
2012 interview by Sogan Rinpoche at Kunsel Kyetsal
Rinpoche visited Kunsel Kyetsal after its fifth year of operation
During a 2012 visit to Tibet, Ven. Sogan Rinpoche toured Kunsel Kyetsal. See his interview of English teacher Sonam Kyi here.
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Survivors of the 2010 Kyigudo quake in Tibet work to recover
Survivors persevere in the face of enormous challenges. Read about the ongoing process of recovering from the April 14, 2010 quake here.
The mountain shown in the photo at the top of the page is Amnye Machen, one of four main holy mountains in Tibet. It is located in Golok and rises to a height of 20,605 feet (6,282 meters).