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Historical Overview of ROKPA INTERNATIONAL

1980   Establishment of ROKPA INTERNATIONAL.
First activities in India helping Tibetan refugees through sponsorship.
Since 1982   Registration of ROKPA INTERNATIONAL as a tax-free charitable organisation in Switzerland.
1983
Dr. Akong Tulku Rinpoche returns to Tibet for the first time after fleeing in 1959; he is deeply moved by the situation in his home country.
1983-1989
Dr. Akong Tulku Rinpoche deals extensively with local government officials in order to provide direct support and help in Tibet.
1985
Establishment of ROKPA United Kingdom.
1986
Establishment of ROKPA Germany and ROKPA Belgium.
1988
Establishment of ROKPA Netherlands.
1990
Commencement of the first projects in Tibet managed and monitored by ROKPA.
Establishment of ROKPA France, ROKPA Austria, ROKPA Spain and ROKPA India.
1990
Establishment of a ROKPA soup kitchen in Kathmandu/Nepal during the coldest months in winter. Street children are picked up and placed in local boarding schools.
1991
Establishment of the ROKPA Clothes Depot.
1991
Establishment of ROKPA Canada, ROKPA USA, ROKPA Italy and ROKPA South Africa.
1992
Establishment of ROKPA Zimbabwe.
1995
Establishment of ROKPA Poland.
1996
The ROKPA Children's Home is established offering 50 children a home and education.
1997
First ROKPA Canada medical clinic in Yushu.
1999
Establishment of ROKPA Switzerland.
2001
ROKPA INTERNATIONAL begins support of a family program in Zimbabwe.
2002
ROKPA Canada brings six Tibetan students to Vancouver to study English. Akong Rinpoche's first visit to Vancouver. Establishment of ROKPA Finland.
2003
Yushu Orphanage School graduates first medical school class. All of the students go on the medical college in Hainan.
2004
Dartsedo school graduates medical class. Rokpa Canada's seventh annual clinic in Yushu.
2010
In November, 2010, a team of 10 Rokpa Canada medical volunteers conducted free medical clinics in the Tibetan village of Trinyi, outside of Shangri-La town, in Yunnan Province. The team consisted of six physicians, two physiotherapists, and an ultrasound technician.

Well over 130 projects are managed in Tibet, Nepal and Zimbabwe. ROKPA is present in 18 countries worldwide.

For more history of the organization, please visit the international web site at www.rokpa.org





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