Humanitarian Programs

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As an expression of Tara’s compassion, Tara Dhatu has endeavored to raise money for a number of varied humanitarian projects.  Lilliha Nancy Herington and Anahata Iradah are the current directors of the Humanitarian Outreach Program, working  with Pabitra Lama and Headmaster Buche to bring education and hope to the Tibetan refugee and impoverished Nepali children of Kathmandu.  Amara Karuna continues to find new sponsors for the monks of Sera Je Monastery in southern India.  They are delighted to work together with sincere supporters all over the world to bring the blessings of our concern and willingness to help.

The current focus of our Humanitarian Outreach


Pabitra Lama & Bright Nepal

Make a contribution:

Click Here to Make  Single Payment Donation to Bright Nepal

OR Set up an ongoing monthly contribution to support Bright Nepal and become a godparent to help sponsor a child for their monthly expenses:

 A $40/month Bright Nepal donation covers 1/2 of a child’s monthly expenses:

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An $80/month Bright Nepal donation covers a child’s monthly expenses in full:

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 More about Bright Nepal…

Pabitra Lama lives at Bouda, Kathmandu. For many years she took care of “at risk” children in her own home at the Bouda Stupa.  In 2012 when the children were too many for her home, we were able to help her open a sanctuary called Bright Nepal.  Bright Nepal currently provides  shelter and education to 13 girls from the hill tribes surrounding the Kathmandu Valley (to read more…)

OR Visit the Bright Nepal Website ~ Click Here


The Tashi Delek Project

When Tara Dhatu took a group of pilgrims to the South of India to visit the Tibetan refugee camps they were introduced to Sera Je. The teenage monks at the facility they visited were living in extreme, uncomfortable conditions. One of our members created this project to help the young monks  (to read more)


Tara Dhatu’s Humanitarian outreach started shortly after the Mandala Dance of the 21 Praises of Tara was born. Prema had been traveling in Orissa, India and was introduced to a small group of Tibetan refugee nuns whose teacher was revered as a great siddha. She raised the money for their support through articles she wrote for Snow Lion Publication

(To read these wonderful stories, click here)

With the creation of Tara Dhatu and its nonprofit status, the organization took on the task of directing funds to these nuns in need. The vision and scope of this work  expanded greatly following the 1998 Tara Dance Pilgrimage to India and Nepal. There the delegation made connections with schools, nunneries, and organizations housing families and senior citizens. Joni Haug agreed to manage these connections and assumed the role of Charity Director.

She managed this role for ten devoted years. Through Tara Dhatu our members continue to support Tibetan children at the Tibetan Children’s Village in Dharamsala,  and Tibetan nuns at Dolma Ling and Kachoe Gyakil Ling Nunneries.

We have helped one impoverished mother in Brazil get trained as a nurse’s aide so she could support her three children. Story about Aline

We have sent support to an ecological school for impoverished children in Bahia, Brazil.

Our efforts are small but we have made and continue to make a difference. This small story illustrates this perfectly.

An old man walked the beach at dawn.
He noticed a young man ahead of him picking up starfish and flinging them into the sea.
Finally catching up with the youth,  he asked the young man why he was doing this.
The answer was that the stranded starfish would die if left until the morning sun.
“But the beach goes on for miles and there are millions of starfish,” countered the old man.
“How can your effort make any difference?”
The young man looked at the starfish in his hand and then threw it to the safety of the waves.
“It makes a difference to this one,” he said.

Please join us in making a difference in this world.


Sarva Mangalam

May All Beings Be Happy

All Beings Be Free