Tibetan Village Project Australia Inc. (TVPA) is a not for profit, non political, non religious organisation established in early 2005 by Don Cullen after he had travelled to Tibet enjoying high altitude trekking and working with local Tibetans. Don felt he could help the local people to regain their dignity and under the banner of TVPA set out helping to establish medical clinics, an orphanage, educational facilities and green houses. It soon became apparent that by helping the Tibetans help themselves, a number of these projects, in a very short period of time became self sufficient.
As TVPA expanded it found itself in a position to greatly assist the wider Tibetan community. Establishing good contacts within Tibet enabled TVPA, at the grass roots level, to the access areas and set up projects where most needed.
Over the years TVPA has grown rapidly as a number of Australians and Tibetans have become involved. What started as a small operation has now become a well known and respected organisation in both Australia and Tibet earning the reputation as an organisation that directly alleviates the conditions of many Tibetan communities.
Today TVPA works in close cooperation with a number of other NGOs and individuals around the world to provide maximum benefit to all Tibetans.
2013 is going to be an exciting year for TVPA. Our project focus is now more with the education of women and children and on providing ongoing medical support to communities as a whole.
Our membership is growing and we have many new and exciting Adventure Travel tours available. Entering regions such as Kham in Eastern Tibet to visit our medical clinics, schools and green houses, travelling in to Lhasa and the Tibetan Autonomous Region to see other significant projects. Many of our donors have taken the opportunity to travel with TVPA to see first hand how their funds have been used.
If you are interested in taking the journey to Tibet with TVPA please refer to our travel page. There is no requirement to be a member or a donor, just a sense of adventure is all that is needed.