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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.
June, 2016: helping those affected by tragedy in Orlando, Florida
In response to the shocking events of June 12, 2016, TSF joined contributors from around the world and pledged $200 to Support Victims of Pulse Shooting, a fundraising effort on behalf of those directly affected. 100% of all funds received will be distributed to victims' families, survivors and those in the club who may not have suffered physical injury but are in need of trauma support.
Months after the devastating earthquake in Nepal, survivors continue to suffer
TSF announces support for Earthgarden Nepal’s new aid project

Your donations after two devastating earthquakes in April and May, 2015, enabled Earthgarden Nepal to provide emergency aid to those who lost their homes or were too frightened to return to them. Funding went toward buying tents and corrugated sheets of tin to create small temporary shelters, as well as for food.

Now that the monsoon season has ended, Earthgarden Nepal is moving on to the next phase of helping quake survivors by proposing the construction of a
Community Hall and Earthquake Shelter next to a senior care home in Pharping Village.

They envision a town hall kind of structure which will provide the area’s population with a gathering place that in times of future emergencies can also function as a shelter and headquarters for disaster management.

Architects have already drawn up plans for the one-story building; construction is expected to cost $36,087. You can support this project by donating online using the Paypal button or by sending a check. (See below.)

To view photos and learn more about Pharping Village, the Community Hall proposal and Earthgarden Nepal’s other post-quake activities, click
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
To date we have raised $28,196 toward our initial goal of $36,087 for the community shelter – the second phase of our post-earthquake work in Nepal. The village of Pharping has committed an additional $4000 to this amount bringing the total for the project so far to $32,196. Our local partners, Earthgarden Nepal and The Senior Citizen Nursing Care Center are working with local architects and construction managers to begin initial construction. Fundraising is on-going and we are grateful for any support.
A note of appreciation for TSF support for victims of the 2015 earthquake in Nepal
Dear Sogan Foundation Donors,

We extend our sincere thanks and gratitude to each and every single one of you for your support, which undoubtedly helped ease the acute suffering of many individuals.

In the wake of Nepal’s two major quakes on April 25th and May 12th, the first priority was to ensure temporary shelters for the thousands whose homes were rendered unlivable. We focused on providing shelter materials (tarps and tin roofing) and food to approximately 533 households. Many recognized that these kinds of grassroot level efforts to bring supplies directly into the hands of those affected by the crisis were the most effective and fruitful relief work that occurred.

With gratitude and thanks from Nepal,

The Earthgarden Nepal Team

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.
Some Kyigudo quake survivors
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).