What we do

ASIA is active in many countries in Asia (India, China, Nepal, Myanamar, Mongolia, SriLanka)  and is the only international organization present and established in all the regions of China having inhabitants from the Tibetan ethnic minority (Qinghai, Gansu, Sichuan and the Tibetan Autonomous Region).


For 30 years ASIA has been engaged in safeguarding the historical and cultural heritage of Tibet through restoration of monuments and works of art, construction and refurbishment of Buddhist meditation and philosophy colleges, and publication of previously unpublished ancient Tibetan manuscripts that are then distributed in the Tibetan regions of China and in the West.

All the projects are undertaken with awareness of traditional practices and knowledge, and awareness of the unique environmental conditions of the Tibetan plateau.

Scuola di ManasarovarEDUCATION

The school construction projects are designed with awareness of traditional Tibetan architecture and use bio climate technologies which aim to exploit solar thermal energy and eliminate the use of coal for heating.
All subjects are taught in Tibetan, except for Chinese and English lessons, deemed very important in the education programmes planned by ASIA.

Great attention is paid to continuous improvement of teaching quality with a programme of professional refresher courses for school teachers and principals.

EMERGENCYTerremoto Sichuan

Intervenes in aid of Asian populations struck by natural calamities (drought, earthquake, tsunami, flooding).

The interventions concern the phases following the primary emergency with projects aimed mainly at distribution of prime necessities such as food supplies, medicine, clothes, tents and, where necessary, reconstituting herds and flocks of livestock for nomad populations.

In the post-emergency phase ASIA takes part in the reconstruction of homes, schools and clinics and provides aid to the afflicted populations, helping to start income-generating activities and regenerating the social fabric of the community.

DISTANCE bambino_tibetanojpgSPONSORSHIP

ASIA operates solely in schools where the Tibetan language is
used for teaching and guarantees support for students from elementary through high school and university by assigning study grants.

By supporting monks and nuns attending Buddhist and Bonpo study colleges, ASIA is contributing to the training of future teachers able to transmit the spiritual and cultural heritage of Tibet.

Support of the elderly enables these custodians of ancient traditions to live in dignity and to transmit their heritage of knowledge to following generations.


ASIA promotes health and hygiene education and preventive health care, funds the construction of hospitals and village clinics for the provision of basic health services, supports the training of medical and paramedical staff and furnishes medical equipment.

Particular attention is paid to mother and child health care and the training of traditional midwives and obstetricians.

ASIA also contributes to the study, safeguarding and diffusion of
traditional Tibetan medicine and finances the construction of specialist clinics.

ASIA ensures local people have access to Safe Drinking Water,
provides suitable health and hygiene systems and develops health and
hygiene education activities aimed at avoiding the transmission of infectious diseases and reducing maternal and infant mortality.


microimpresa_femminile_TibetTRAINING AND MICRO ENTERPRISE

By means of projects that entail training courses and that initiate microenterprises
and co-operatives, ASIA is investing in the technical, educational and managerial skills of the weaker and more vulnerable sectors of the population, assisting in their entry into the labour market.


Through exhibitions, conventions, seminars, and events in schools, ASIA is informing and sensitizing civil society about the situation of ethnic minorities in Asia, stimulating encounters with ancient and distant cultures and traditions.

To this end ASIA collaborates with university institutions, schools, private foundations and public bodies both in Italy and the rest of the world.