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Poverty relief and education for Tibetans

UK Charity Registration No.1124076  Tel: 02380 462926


100% of all donations received will go to fund health care, education and poverty relief projects.  

All necessary expenses are met privately by volunteers.

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Rigul Trust  is a UK based charity whose aim is to provide funds for the provision of basic health care and education and relief from poverty amongst communities worldwide, and in particular the people of some of the most remote areas of Tibet.  


The community of Rigul, Kham, Tibet, is the birthplace of Ringu Tulku Rinpoche and the surrounding areas lie in a very remote area on the high altitude Tibetan plateau at 12,795 feet.


Here the folk have little access to running water, toilets, gas or solar heating.  In 2011 Rigul Trust financed the first piped water taps and toilet in the village.



The photo shows Rigul during the summer months when some farming can take place, however the winters are exceedingly harsh here.  The survival of most of the community depends upon a nomadic lifestyle to provide enough grazing for the livestock.  In this barren environment the people heavily depend upon their herds for food, transport and clothing.

The nearest land-line phone is 4 hours away (there is sometimes access to mobile phones); the nearest town is 8 hours away; the nearest hospital is 4 days away; the river in the valley used to be the only source of water for all the villager’s needs until Rigul Trust was able to help with piped water to a village tap and new sanitation with a toilet in 2012.

The clinic is staffed by Dr Chuga and a nurse Ani Choden, and an assistant.  Dr Chuga is trained in Tibetan and some western medicine, and Ani Choden the nurse works with great devotion and compassion.


About 80 people are seen every day, the treatments and consultations are free and medicines are paid for in summer when there is work.

Dr Chuga and nurse Ani Choden
The remote community of Rigul

Rigul Trust is helping Ringu Tulku Rinpoche in his endeavours to improve the living conditions in Rigul, Tibet.  Specifically this means funding the clinic and the school at the moment, and other projects aimed at sustainable economic and social development of the community as funds become available.

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