Al Kilborne and Elsie Walker are delighted to invite you
to their annual picnic
to celebrate and support the
important work of Achi Tsepal assisting promising young scholars of Tibet
with the cost of their education through the
The Children of Tibet Trust Foundation (CTTF)
Saturday April 26, 2014
3214 Leland Street – Chevy Chase Maryland 20815 4pm to 7pm
Please join us on what we hope will be a lovely spring afternoon to sample delicious Tibetan finger food, taste chilled wines and juices, luxuriate on Tibetan rugs
in a colorful Lhasa picnic tent, play board games or cards with old friends, and relax Tibetan-style.
Achi will speak for 5 minutes
Suggested donations at the door: $20 to $150 or whatever you can do to help out. (Cash or check only)
If you’d like to make a donation but cannot come, please make out a check to CTTF and send it to us. We’ll make sure Achi receives it.
RSVP: email@example.com or messages at 301-656-1145
We have had the pleasure of knowing Achi and Debbie Tsepal for many years. Al serves on the Board of CTTF. Achi was born in eastern Tibet and fled in 1959 when he was 8 years old, enduring the harrowing three-month trip over the Himalayas to India. He attended the Tibet Children’s Village School in Dharamsala, India founded by the Jetsun Pema, Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso’s sister. Later, he served as the private secretary and translator to the 16th Karmapa Rangjung Rigpe Dorje, spiritual leader of the Karma Kagyu, one of the four major lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, on his travels to the US in 1974 and 1977.
Achi moved to DC in 1981 and has worked as a FedEx driver for the last 25 years. With his savings he has started a program to help gifted children with their school fees in the Medrogongar Valley, about an hour outside of Lhasa, where, coincidentally, Elsie worked on development projects for many years. On his annual vacation, Achi takes friends on an adventure-packed trip to Tibet to interest them in his homeland and program. His extended family supplements the work through donating a portion of the proceeds from their small hotel/guest house. They also arrange the special experience of living like a nomad, herding yaks, and sleeping in a yak hair tent. He has also started successful valley-wide garbage clean up and tree planting programs.
Achi is one of a handful of enterprising and courageous Tibetans making considerable personal sacrifices to do whatever can be done to preserve the cultural heritage that is so precious to them. Achi personifies what’s best in the Tibetan people- inherent dignity, altruism, grace, humor and modesty. I know you will enjoy meeting him and his wonderful wife Deborah and helping them realize their ambitious dreams for the next generation of Tibetans.
CTTF TAKES NO OVERHEAD; EVERY NICKLE SUPPORTS THE CHILDREN.
OUR MISSION IS TO SEE THAT EVERY CHILD ON THE TIBETAN PLATEAU HAS THE MEANS TO PURSUE HIS OR HER DREAMS. THROUGH AN EXPANSIVE AND PRACTICAL EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE, WE WILL ENSURE THAT EACH CHILD EITHER LEARNS A TRADE OR CONTINUES ON TO COLLEGE, SO THEY CAN PROVIDE FOR THEIR FAMILIES.