Little Tibet By the Bay
Richmond is now the hub for Tibetan Americans living in exile in the Bay Area.
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Photo by Lori Eanes
Thupten Donyo grew up near Mount Everest in Nepal.
After serving as a leader of Gyuto for the past 15 years, Donyo recently decided to dedicate the remainder of his years to a new nonprofit he founded, the Delek Children’s Foundation. The foundation seeks to raise money so children in the Himalayan region can attend school. As with all communities, access to education is key to ensuring the livelihood of families.
As a Sherpa from Nepal who has never stepped foot in Tibet, he is also unsure whether he will be able to ever do so, even though he is now a U.S. citizen. “My face is all over the internet with the Dalai Lama,” he noted.
This story was published in the December edition of our sister publication, The East Bay Monthly.
Published online on Dec. 14, 2016 at 8:00 a.m.