The Board of Advisors of the Rowell Fund for Tibet has selected seven Tibetan grantees for financial support totaling $45,000 in 2013. The winners were chosen from 43 project proposals and reflect the Board’s interest this year on climate change issues. Individual grants range from $4753 to $7500 and will be carried out in Asia and North America.

The Rowell Fund for Tibet was established in memory of the late Galen Rowell and his wife Barbara who died tragically in a plane crash in 2002. Galen Rowell was an internationally known outdoor photographer whose “Rainbow over the Potala Palace” has become an iconic photo for adventure travelers and Tibet supporters. The Rowell Fund for Tibet, established by friends and family of Galen and Barbara, in cooperation with the International Campaign for Tibet, has for 10 years supported Tibetans whose work can make a significant contribution in the fields of visual arts, the environment, media and women’s rights.

“Galen and Barbara Rowell helped put Tibet into the public’s everyday consciousness. We intend for the Fund to continue their legacy, with support from other supportive individuals and companies, well into the future,” said John Jancik, member of the Rowell Fund Board of Advisors.

The grantees for 2013 are:*

  • Tashi Tsering, University of British Columbia, Canada: To produce a documentary on “Climate Change and Changing Livelihood patterns in the Arid Western Himalayas” (grant amount: $ 7,225).
  • The Tibetan Oral History Project: To continue their work transcribing the personal histories of Tibetan elders (grant amount: $ 7,296), learn more at:
  • The Tibetan Settlement Office, Dharamsala, India: For its “Illegal Waste Dumping Prevention Project” (grant amount: $ 4,826), learn more at:
  • Wild Yaks: Children’s Book Project, Toronto, Canada. (grant amount: $6,400), learn more at:

*Not all grantees are listed as some have requested confidentiality.

The Advisory Board of the Rowell Fund includes: John Ackerly, David Breashears, Bob and Beth Cushman, John Jancik , Bob Palais, Tony Rowell and Ray and Nicole Rowell Ryan. The Fund is managed by the International Campaign for Tibet. To learn more about Galen and Barbara Rowell and the Rowell Fund for Tibet, please visit www.

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