NYEMA Projects, Inc.

About NYEMA Projects

The Nangchen Yushu Educational and Medical Association (NYEMA, the Tibetan word for the sun) Projects, Inc. was founded in 1997 by Lama Norlha Rinpoche and Dr. Pema Dorje to establish basic educational and medical resources in their native homeland, Nangchen, Tibet.

Situated on the Tibetan plateau north of the Himalayas in China's Qinghai Province, Nangchen is home to an estimated 60,000 subsistence farmers and nomadic herding families.

The way of life for most of these Tibetan inhabitants has changed little in over 2,000 years. Although life in Nangchen may seem picturesque and undisturbed by modern commercial interests, for most people it is also a life of struggle and poverty. The entire district of Nangchen, spanning 6,500 square miles, has only one town with both running water and electricity. Unusually harsh winters in recent years have resulted in severe hardship and loss of livelihood for thousands of people.

Our Mission

To help the impoverished people of the Nangchen region raise their standard of living by providing them with the knowledge and skills necessary to prevail in the modern, global world without sacrificing their unique cultural heritage.

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