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• History of the Tibet Occupation • The Rowell Fund
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• History of Galen's Interest in Tibet  

The Rowell Fund

Following the tragic deaths of Galen and Barbara Rowell in August 2002, the International Campaign for Tibet's Board of Directors and close friends and family of the Rowells established a fund to carry on Galen and Barbara Rowell's legacy in the Tibetan community.

Galen Rowell was the Co-chair of ICT's Board of Advisors and a longtime friend of Tibet. Together, Galen and Barbara produced the book My Tibet, with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and introduced Tibet to countless people around the world. Through photographs and writing they documented and brought attention to many threatened ecosystems and cultures.

Purpose: To encourage and support the work of Tibetans communicating issues of importance to their community to a broader Tibetan or international audiences. The fund will honor Galen and Barbara Rowell's legacy for Tibetans by providing small grants to Tibetans in the language and visual arts who can make significant contributions to society. The Fund will support established or aspiring and talented Tibetans pursuing interests such as photography, film-making, writing, journalism, and projects that promote these skills within the Tibetan community.

Examples of projects: photography, photo exhibitions, educational pamphlets, newsletters, book projects, translation projects, public speaking tours, video library, women's issues and environmental awareness.

To donate to the Rowell Fund through the Highpoint Challenge: you may make payments either through personal check or online payment. 50fortibet.org does not receive any monies for expenses from the Rowell Fund. All donations are tax-deductible. Please see our donations page for more information.

Grants: During its first year, the Rowell Fund gave $37,240 to twelve Tibetans, most of whom were based in India, but several in Tibet, the US and the UK. In its second year, the Fund supported 11 projects and provided nearly $50,000 in grants. 2005 marked the third round of grants for the Fund.

2005 Grant Winners: Washington, DC: The Rowell Fund Board of Advisors announced on December 13th, 2005 that they have selected 13 projects supporting the work of Tibetan journalists, writers, filmmakers and conservationists to receive funding in 2006. The grants, given to projects in five countries, range from $2,000 to $5,000 each, for a total of more than US$50,000. The Rowell Fund Board is aiming to increase grant funds for next year's award.

The 13 successful applicants, amounts granted, and short project descriptions, are:
  • Gaden Tashi, U.K. $5,000. To publication "The Memoirs of Yulo Dawa Tsering". About how a prominent monk endured imprisonment and torture for his country.
  • Tsering Yangkey, Tesi Environmental Awareness Movement, India. $4,800. To promote ecological consciousness of Tibetan pilgrims through youth empowerment and leadership training at the Kalachakra. (This is a repeat grant.)
  • Chakmo Tso, US-India. $2,365. Funds to translate and publish Woeser's works in Tibetan. Woeser's controversial writings in Chinese are widely read in China, but not sufficiently available to Tibetans.
  • Lobsang Sherab, Amnye Machin Institute, India. $4,650. To publish a book on the history of Chamdo, Kham.
  • Tashi Wangchuk & Tsultrim Dorjee, Tibet Motion Pictures, India. $4,800. Partial funding for the production of "Two Exile Brothers."
  • Lungrik Gyal, India. $3,674. Handbook of Journalism that will be a key stylistic manual for aspiring Tibetan journalists.
  • Pema Tsewang Shastri, U.S. $2,000. For the publication of book in Tibetan language entitled, "I am Tibet."
  • Sangay Tashi, The Tibetan Children's Education Center, India. $4,971. A newly founded educational organization that publishes Tibetan language news letter "The Tibetan Children's Treasure."
  • Tenzin Yangkye, Nepal. $2,600. A project to assist health and welfare of new Tibetan arrivals by providing TB vaccine and other services.
  • Kapthu Gyal, Tibetan Writers Abroad P.E.N Centre. India. $2,384. To publish the newsletter "Chistok Melong", a Tibetan language monthly publication, run mainly by Tibetan recent arrivals.
  • Rapsel Tsariwa, Tibetan Volunteers for Animals, India, $2,600. To show documentary films, a photo exhibit and literature about animal welfare at the Kalachakra.
  • Confidential, Tibet. $5,000
  • Confidential, US-Tibet. $5,000
The advisory board: The advisory board, made up of friends and family of Galen and Barbara, currently consists of:
  • John Ackerly is the President of the International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) and a founding staff member of ICT.
  • Conrad Anker is a professional mountain climber who has climbed extensively in the Himalayas and Tibet.
  • Justin Black is the General Manager of Galen & Barbara Rowell's Mountain Light Photography.
  • David Breashears is an accomplished climber, mountaineer and cinematographer, who has summited Everest four times.
  • Jimmy Chin is a photojournalist and an adventure sports photographer.
  • Beth and Bob Cushman are both active on the Board of Mountain Light and are raising their two daughters in Truckee, CA. Bob is Barbara Rowel's brother and director of the Squaw Valley Ski Patrol. Beth is a fourth grade teacher and has traveled extensively in India and Nepal.
  • John Jancik and Terri Baker were friends of Galen and Barbara. John is President of ECHO Geophysical Corporation in Denver, Colorado and a long time supporter of environmental causes. Terri is a physician in Denver. Both are part of Team Highpoint and the Highpoint Challenge.
  • Bob Palais is an Associate Professor of Math at the University of Utah and a long-time mountaineer and Tibet activist.
  • Tony Rowell, Galen's son, is Vice President of Mountain Light's Board of Directors.
  • Nicole Rowell Ryan, Galen's daughter, is currently raising two boys, serving on the Board of Directors for Mountain Light Photography, Inc., and growing wine grapes on her ranch in the California's Sierra Foothills.
Portions of this page reprinted with permission from the International Campaign for Tibet (www.savetibet.org) website.