Welcome to BLUE VALLEY FOUNDATION! Preserving Culture, Promoting Health, Education,
& Environmental Protection on the Tibetan Plateau

"As far as your personal requirements are concerned, the ideal is to have fewer involvements, fewer obligations, and fewer affairs, business or whatever. However, so far as the interest of the larger community is concerned, you must have as many involvements as possible and as many activities as possible."
- Quote from 'The Path to Tranquility: Daily Wisdom'

AmazonSmile – VIRAL COMPASSION: An opportunity for everyone to promote healthy growth
of Tibetan Communities on the Plateau - without paying a single penny!

Viral Compassion costs nothing but good intentions and a few minutes to make the change. It’s as easy as clicking the link and adding the Golok Blue Valley Foundation as your choice of charity. 100% of the proceeds go to support a 21 Century education for Tibetan students at the Mayul School in rural Golok.

PLEASE SIGN UP & PASS IT ON!  We believe each person can make a difference by e-mailing 5 friends who believe that preserving Tibetan Culture through strengthening education and economic opportunity is a worthy goal – and at no cost. Each purchase on Amazonsmile becomes a cause for merit. A simple gesture makes a world of difference. If each person who signs up to Amazon Smile sends this request to 5 of their friends, family, or sangha and asks them to pass it on to others, Blue Valley can help bring a 21st Century education to Tibetan students. This is how Tibetan culture will thrive and be preserved.

HOW IT WORKS

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price directly to the Golok Blue Valley Foundation – at no cost to you.  Simply follow the steps on the right.

WHAT TO DO: 3 Easy Steps Will Make The Difference

1. Go to the AmazonSmile website by clicking here: smile.amazon.com

2. Log in and passwords are exactly the same as your usual Amazon account. No changes are necessary. When first visiting AmazonSmile, you will be prompted to select a charitable organization – simply choose the Golok Blue Valley Foundation. So simple!

3. To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to AmazonSmile to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.  The Blue Valley Foundations custom URL is: http://smile.amazon.com/ch/84-1561263 or simply go to http://smile.amazon.com  


THE SHAMBALA PRAYER
FESTIVAL FOR WORLD PEACE


SUPPORTING CULTURAL TRADITIONS & BRINGING COMMUNITY TOGETHER TO CELEBRATE TIBETAN HERITAGE

The Shambala Prayer Festival for World Peace was established by Hung Kar Dorje Rinpoche in 2004.  This event has been held eight separate times as of 2013. Renowned Lamas from all the dharma traditions of Tibet, along with thousands of others, are invited to participate in this five-day event dedicated to the welfare of all living creatures in Tibet and on the planet.  The Festival has been attended by visitors from all over China, the U.S., Vietnam, France, Australia, Japan and many other countries. Read more...

QINHAI PROVINCE:
LOCATION & POPULATION
HUNGKAR DORJE RINPOCHE

Khyentse Rigdzin Hungkar Dorje is the Supreme Abbot of Thubten Chokhor Ling Monastery in Golok, TibetClick here for biographical information.

HEALTH CARE PROJECTS


BLUE VALLEY LAUNCHES RURAL COMMUNITY CLINIC AND HEALTH CARE OUTREACH PROJECTS

The Blue Valley Foundation has begun its first fund raising efforts to help build a traditional Community Health Care Clinic in Golog State. In partnership with the Qinghai Gesar Foundation, which has already provided medicines and care to thousands of underserved Tibetan people for decades, we are in the initial planning stages of building a 35 room clinic on 7 acres of donated land.  The Rural Community Health Care Clinic and Outreach will serve a minimum of 10,000 people each year with a combination of traditional Tibetan Medicines and allopathic (Western) medicines and treatment. Traditional medical care will be our emphasis. Read more ...

DONATE
 
Please visit the DONATE page to support a specific project area, or click on the link below to apply your donation now where it is needed most.

BLUE VALLEY FOUNDATION
LEGACY FUND
 
Transforming your kindness into good works for generations to come through planned giving:

The Golok Blue Valley Foundation intends to continue its work well into the future. You can be an important part of this future by including us in your estate plan or through various legacy gift methods. Click here for complete details, giving options, examples and more on how you can participate.



MEDIA: OUR ACTIVITIES (click below for photos & video)


CONTACT



Qinghai Province is located in the northwestern part of the People's Republic of China on the Tibet/Qinghai plateau at an average elevation of 14,000 feet. By area, Qinghai is the largest province in China with 720,000 square kilometers. The 2000 Chinese census recorded a total population of approximately 5.2 million. Tibetans constitute roughly 22% of Qinghai’s total population and are the largest minority in a province where minorities make up at least 43% of the total population.

It is an area rich in natural mineral and forest resources and is characterized by vast grasslands covering high mountains and deep valleys. The average wage for a rural Tibetan in 2005 was a $182.00 USD per year. The primary source of income is agriculture and animal husbandry both for household use and sales on the market. It is one of the poorest and most isolated areas within the PRC.

Qinghai Province is divided into 6 States (Prefectures). Golog is one such Prefecture. Golog is divided into 6 Counties and is one of the poorest states in Qinghai with Tibetans accounting for more than 90% of the population.

Our planned community clinic will be built on donated land in Gande County and is centrally located within Golok State to accommodate those people who are able to access transportation within the region.

BUY & SELL ON EBAY FOR BLUE VALLEY FOUNDATION!

The Blue Valley Foundation is part of the eBay Giving Works program. So, you can support our mission when you buy and sell on eBay. Here’s how:

Buying:  When you find whatever you're looking for on eBay when you shop make that transaction of benefit to Blue Valley. You can get a great deal and support Tibetan cultural preservation and, now, earthquake relief, at  the same time! Simply sign in to eBay, go to “my account”, “donation account” and “preferences” and put Blue Valley Foundation as your favorite nonprofit. This will allow you to make a donation of $1.00 or more each time you shop.

Selling: You can also support the BVF when you sell on eBay. Just designate our organization to receive 10-100% of your final sale price the next time  you list something great.

Did you know that charity listings often get more bids and higher prices than regular eBay listings? Boost your sales and support our critical work while you’re at it! Plus eBay gives back to you too, with a fee credit on your basic selling fees.

Click here to go to our eBay nonprofit web page.

2013 MAYUL SCHOOL PROGRESS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Between 40 and 60% of Tibetan children do not attend school and in the Tibet Autonomous Region, less than 25% of Tibetan children graduate to secondary schools. With our first two graduating classes behind us, the attendance at the HKD Multi-Disciplinary Technical School (the Mayul School) has increased from 180 students in 2011 to over 300 at present. Click here to read the complete report.

THE IMPORTANCE OF THE
3-LANGUAGE APPROACH

With classes in English, Tibetan, Mandarin, science, and math, the Mayul School has gained popularity and fame throughout much of the Tibetan Plateau, drawing students from as far away as Szechuan Province and Lhasa.

In Qinghai Province, Tibetan has traditionally been the language used for education in schools. The new policy mandates Mandarin as the medium of instruction by 2015. The Mayul School is one of the few that has permission to continue teaching in the "Mother Tongue", which we consider an essential step in maintaining cultural integrity. Click here to read about this important 3-Language Approach

Notes from the Field:
MAYUL SCHOOL UPDATE
From Ava Fruin, English Second Language Instructor



The Beginning
Having just returned from an incredible three months teaching at the Mayul school, my heart is full of love and inspiration for this incredible institution, its students, and those who work tirelessly to keep it alive. Read more ...

RELIEF FOR EARTHQUAKE
VICTIMS IN YUSHU


Working amongst the group of “first responders” after the tragic Juekundo (Yushu) earthquake, the Qinghai Geysar foundation in Golog, in conjunction with Lodro Nyima Rinpoche, the abbot of Trangu Monastery oversaw the delivery of enormous amounts of relief supplies delivered by truck to Trangu Monastery and surrounding villages in early May.

Thirty monks brought ten truckloads of food, fuel, blankets and tents all the way from Golog, and handed out an additional million RMB to desperate villagers. Continuing deliveries of tsampa flour, butter and other essential supplies are in process as well. Nearly ten thousand people have received direct assistance in this way.



In a firsthand account, Hungkar Rinpoche stated “We gave food directly to people starting with the poorest and those whose homes were completely destroyed. Going to two outlying areas, we gave aid to 500 families with 3000 people fed in the first village. This area was neglected so we brought in 2 trucks of supplies.

In the second village we helped an additional 1500 people. This village had 50 dead. Both villages were completely destroyed. People were hungry, thirsty and fainting. We supplied 5 very large tents and set up a kitchen with a stove. Later we gave everything we brought in away. We came away with empty hands”.

The Blue Valley Foundation has helped in this fundraising effort but your donations are urgently needed so that we can continue supporting work on the ground in Yushu. Please help us by donating to our Earthquake Relief Fund. 100% of all donations go directly to those most in need.

To make a donation, click here and select the "Environmental" payment button; please indicate the purpose of your gift in the comments box provided during checkout.


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