The Board of Advisors of the Rowell Fund for Tibet has selected 5 Tibetan grantees for financial support totaling $28,539.68 for 2016. The winners were chosen from 26 project proposals with individual grants ranging from $1,954.05 to $7,500 and will be carried out in India and other countries.

The Rowell Fund for Tibet was established in 2003 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, is to support the work of Tibetans communicating issues of importance to broader Tibetan or international audiences through photography, film-making, writing, journalism, and other projects.

The grantees for 2016 are:

  1. Library of Tibetan Works and Archives: For the publishing and distribution of the Tibetan and English language book: My Earth My Responsibility: Tibetan Buddhist and Western Scientific Perspectives on Climate Change.
  2. Tibetan Women’s Center Rajpur: to teach woman artisans basic Tibetan and English reading and writing skills.
  3. Tibetan Children’s Literature Project: to promote and develop children’s literature in the Tibetan language as a distinct genre of Tibetan literature. The project will involve the writing and publishing of five children’s books.
  4. Clean Upper Dharamsala: To increase and expand the composting project.
  5. The Photography Club of the Tibet Children’s Village School: for the purchase of cameras to teach and expand the abilities of the members of the club.

The Advisory Board of the Rowell Fund includes: John Ackerly, David Breashears, Bob and Beth Cushman, John Jancik, Terre Baker, Bob Palais, Tony Rowell and Nicole Rowell Ryan. The Fund is managed by the International Campaign for Tibet.

In 2016 The Rowell Fund will lead a trip to Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite National Park with Board members Conrad Anker and Jimmy Chin. For more information on how you can participate or about the Rowell Fund in general please contact [email protected].