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ACHA Planning Retreat in New York

On October 8, 2016, ACHA members in New York met to discuss strategies for women’s empowerment, education and awareness around domestic violence and gender-based violence. The retreat was facilitated by ACHA co-founder, Dechen Tsering, from the Berkeley, CA and attended by ACHA Advisors, Losang Rabgey, Tashi Chodron, and Sangmo Thar.

ACHA New York: Himalayan College Day

May 2nd, 2015, ACHA collaborated with Tibetan Community of New York and New Jersey and Global Tibetan Professional Network to bring Himalayan Students’ College Day. 80+ high school students of Himalayan heritage attended the event. 30+ junior and four year colleges were represented.


ACHA NY at the TCS New York Marathon 

This year, ACHA NY member Jaida Kyi ran through 26.2 miles of tough freezing wind to champion the Survivor Fund Project, which supports survivors of domestic violence and gender-based violence in the Himalayan community. She raised $650. Jaida and her mother, Sang Mota, both are active members and supporters of ACHA Himalayan Sisterhood chapter in New York. ACHA Himalayan Sisterhood initiated the Survivors Fund for survivors of all forms of gender-based violence. ACHA offers safe and confidential support through compassionate listening, multi-lingual counseling, and connections to resources to help survivors fight for justice and rebuild their lives. Financial support to ACHA’s Survivor Fund directly supports case management to three Tibetan survivors of domestic violence in the U.S.. Three ACHA members are trained Domestic Violence counselors and collectively offer services in 3 major Tibetan dialects i.e. Central dialect (Lhasa), Amdo dialect and understand Kham and in other Asian languages i.e. Chinese (Mandarin), Nepali and Hindi. ACHA advocates for policy changes in the Himalayan leadership toward gender-based violence through publications to raise and mobilize public awareness.


Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention Month

To commemorate the National Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention Month 2014, ACHA partnered with New York Asian Women’s Center (NYAWC), to host a very special event to honor the strength and courage of survivors and their children. Our very own ACHA NY member/ Cholsum Dance Troupe member – Namgyal Norbu performed a traditional Tibetan song. 


Domestic Violence Workshop 

ACHA NY partnered with Adhikaar, a New York based non-profit organization working with Nepali-speaking communities to promote human rights and justice for all, for a domestic violence workshop for the Himalayan community. Educating our community on steps to take and resources to reach out to so that we can collectively end violence in our families and broader community.


Members, Advisors and Volunteers

ACHA is based in Berkeley, CA, where the organization was founded on October 1, 2011 by three Tibetan women, two of who continue to be active with ACHA today. ACHA has 11 core members (in CA, DC, MA and NY) who make organizational-wide decisions and 16 general members who make decisions regarding their local activities and events. In addition, ACHA has five international board members and a growing list of volunteers.
Brief backgrounds about the national core members are provided below with permission:

Tenzin Bhuthi (CA) is an IT engineer, born and raised in Kalimpong, India.  She completed her engineering degree in Kolkata, worked for a few years in Mumbai before coming to the United States to work at Intel as a Systems Analyst. Tenzin is passionate about technology, calling herself a tech-sadist because she loves finding bugs in people’s code. She is equally passionate about women in technology, human rights and education and is a proud member of ACHA. When she is not finding bugs, talking about serious “stuff”, she relishes watching cooking channels and trying to replicate some of the dishes in the kitchen: “The verdict on how successful I am in doing so is still up in the air but, nevertheless, I try.”

Sherab Dolma (CA) was born in India. She graduated from Karnataka University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, through scholarship from Central Tibetan Administration (CTA). She served the Central Tibetan Administration for 15 years, starting as a line-staff to become a manager and supervised the Nepal Audit Branch Office. In 2002, she received her tax consultant certificate from the Indian income tax department and has handled tax cases of 17 non-profit organizations under CTA. She also volunteered for the Tibetan Fulbright Alumni Association and served as an active executive member. Sherab first came to USA in 2005 on a Fulbright Scholarship by the US State Department and studied at University of San Francisco (USF) and went back to India in 2007 to serve her community. In 2011, she immigrated to USA as an undocumented person facing many challenges and with no family support. Sherab is currently working as the financial and human resource manager at Street Level Health Project (SLHP), an Oakland-based grassroots organization dedicated to the health and wellbeing of underserved urban immigrant communities in the Bay Area, a place where she feels connected. She works with a dedicated team, providing services to make the life of most marginalized and underserved individuals, namely people who are homeless, uninsured or recent immigrants, happy and healthy thereby reliving her challenges. Sherab loves to read and dance. She lives in Bay Area, CA with her husband and daughter. Sherab is the volunteer accountant for ACHA in the Bay Area.

Tenzin W. Labrang (CA – Co-Founder). She works as a banker at the West Marin Bank in Marin County and serves as the Treasurer for ACHA. She was educated in Central School for Tibetan (CST) in Dalhousie, India and came to America ____ years ago. She served on the board of Tibetan Association of Northern California with Dechen Tsering, with who she co-founded ACHA-Tibetan Sisterhood (later changed to ACHA-Himalayan Sisterhood). While waiting for her husband in India to join the family, Tenzin balances being a temporary “single mother” for her 11-month daughter with a full-time job.

Tsering Lhadon (D.C.) [unavailable upon request]

Kim Phuni Meston (MA) is a Tibetan woman, an American citizen, an activist and organizer, a professional, a dancer, a runner, a world traveler, a wife, a sister, a daughter, a caretaker, a compassionate friend, and a person who speaks her mind. She is also a survivor of human trafficking. When she was sixteen she was trafficked to the US from a Tibetan refugee camp in India. By her late twenties, Phuni experienced a transformative shift that let her see the world in new ways. It began in 1995 when she attended the World Conference on Women in Beijing as part of the Tibetan delegation. She says of that transformative experience: “I found strength and solidarity with women from around the world who shared their struggles and vision in a way that made many of our cultural and ethnic differences secondary to our commonalities. I started to see the connections between my own experiences and that of many others. I discovered I had buried so many feelings and beliefs and as they emerged I was able to express myself with a sense of authority I never knew I had. I was able to move through the anger I was holding and use that energy for positive change both in myself and in the world. It has fueled my activism for Tibetan human rights and I now draw directly on my experience in Beijing in my work on human trafficking.” Phuni brings survivors into dialogue with each other so they may find solace in knowing they are not alone and derive strength and support from each other. Phuni co-directs the Massachusetts-based Trafficking Victims Outreach & Services (TVOS) Network, a collaboration of over 35 individuals representing public sector, private sector and nongovernmental organizations to address human trafficking, sexual exploitation, labor exploitation, and gender based violence. Phuni is a successful social entrepreneur and owner of Karma Fine Crafts – a socially conscious artisan boutique that features high-end merchandise with a focus on fair trade and cultural enterprise. Karma is the creation of Phuni and her late husband, Daja Wangchuk Meston, author of “Comes the Peace”. Phuni has fifteen years of retail and high-end fashion experience under her belt. She is the mother of two sweet girls and lives in Newton, MA.

Namgyal Choedon-Newton (CA) was born and raised in the diaspora Tibetan community in Nepal. She is a busy working-soccer mom. She has been an IT professional for over ten years and now she dreams of re-launching herself into a career in fashion industry. Namgyal has been a committed member of the ACHA core group while also serving as a member of the Tibetan Association of Northern California’s building committee. She views ACHA as a meaningful platform to bring about changes within her community, to be empowered, to empower and engage others and to have fun while working towards a better community and ultimately a happier world to live in.

Damo Thar (CA) was born in Amdo between Rigong Tibetan Autonomous Region and Labrang Monastery. Damo has a double Bachelor’s Degree from China in Education and later in Legal Studies from UC Berkeley. While in Tibet, Damo taught in the 10th Panchen Lama’s middle school students and tutored Tibetan students in Mandarin and English, and taught English to Chinese students before she came to the US, where she worked for the Doctors Without Border for one year. She worked for Refugee Transitions as a tutor/mentor for refugee children and currently works at the Bay Area Legal Aid Oakland as a legal assistant assisting low-income individuals with housing, domestic violence prevention, public benefits, health access and youth justice. Damo speaks, reads and writes Mandarin and Amdo Tibetan. She is passionate about women and girls’ education in the developing world, and refugee issues. Damo has been supporting a girl from the Kokonor region since 2010. In 2012, she started a project called “Food for Being” in South Bay that feeds homeless people regularly in SF and San Jose with over 60 volunteers. She has also raised $3000 for a recycle project and environmental education for a school in Rebgong region of Amdo. Damo enjoys music, dancing, outdoor activities, long distance running, and learning new things. Damo joined ACHA, because ACHA’s mission “fits my passion and values, which is to support women and girls education and health in the Himalaya region.”

Tenzin Tselha (MA) was born and raised in India and went to the Tibetan Children’s Village (TCV) school in Dharamsala. Tselha got her Bachelors in English from the University of California, Berkeley. After graduation, she moved to New York City to work as a Grassroots Associate contractor for Students for a Free Tibet. Tselha currently lives in Somerville, MA, where she is on the lookout for an exciting job opportunity and preparing for graduate school. She loves poetry, small furry dogs and all things sweet.

Dechen Tsering (CA – Co-Founder) was raised in Nepal, India and the United States. She came to the United States at age 18 to complete High School. Dechen has a B.A. from Antioch College in Ohio in Environmental Studies and pursued architecture before she made a dramatic switch to public health following a summer internship in Dharamsala, India. She received her Masters in Public Health (MPH) degree from Tulane University in New Orleans. She is the director of Sisterhood for Wellness project at Community Health for Asian Americans (CHAA), a nonprofit in Oakland, CA that promotes behavioral health and wellness among underserved communities.  Dechen is a trained domestic violence counselor and works with survivors in the Bay Area Himalayan community. She served as full-time volunteer president of the Tibetan Association of Northern California (TANC) from 2008-2010 after leaving her position at the Global Fund for Women, where she managed grantmaking to women’s groups in Asia and Oceania. Dechen sought out women’s groups in Tibet to fund such as Shem and DoKham and traveled to Xiling, Amdo. She also traveled to Dartsedo and Litang for the Seva Foundation, where she managed blindness prevention programs in India, Nepal, Tibet and Cambodia. Before moving to CA, Dechen was at the Trace Foundation in NY, coordinating scholarships for graduate and PhD. students from Tibet. While at Trace, Dechen took four months leave in 1998 and traveled in and around Lhasa as a research assistant on women’s reproductive health in the Tibetan medical system – her first trip to Tibet! Following graduate school, Dechen worked at the Tibetan Delek Hospital in Dharamsala, India initiating the first HIV/AIDS prevention and sex education programs for Tibetan high school students, youth, and residents of Tibetan settlements. Dechen is passionate about social justice, gender issues and women’s leadership and co-founded ACHA-Himalayan Sisterhood. She enjoys drawing/painting, swimming, gardening, hiking, connecting people to resources, family, and making her son laugh. Dechen lives in the Bay Area with her partner and their son. Dechen serves as the executive director at ACHA.


In addition to the core members, ACHA recruits general members to join the organization. General members work within their state/city group to organize workshops, events and activities collectively. They have decision-making role on matters directly related to their state-wide workshops, events and activities. Every member is encouraged to help recruit new members to their chapter members.

Boston, MA

  1. Tenzin Chokki
  2. Dr. Kartso Kyi
  3. Jampa Ghapontsang
  4. Yeshi Khando
  5. Tenzin Tselha
  6. Thamzhin Tsikar
  7. Rinchen Youtso

New York City, NY

  1. Dawa Dolma
  2. Jaida Kyi Gikofsky
  3. Yangchen D. Gurung
  4. Dorjee Lhamo
  5. Mingmar Sherpa
  6. Tenzin Tsomo
  7. Tamding Wangmo
  8. Trinley Wangmo





Tashi Chodron (New York, NY) – bio pending


Dr. Losang Rabgey (Washington D.C.) is the co-founder (with her sister Dr. Tashi Rabgey) of Machik, whose mission is to seed social innovation in Tibet. Dr. L. Rabgey holds a PhD in gender and anthropology from the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies where she was the first Tibetan to become a Commonwealth Scholar. In 2006, the National Geographic Society recognized Dr. L. Rabgey as one of eight Emerging Explorers from around the world for her innovative work in bridging cultural divides. She also serves on the Steering Committee of the National Geographic Society’s Genographic Legacy Fund. In addition to her creative development of Machik work, Dr. L. Rabgey is a board member of Mechak, the first online gallery of contemporary Tibetan art. Her current research interests include social entrepreneurship, women’s empowerment and conservation in Tibet. Born in India and raised in Canada, Dr. L. Rabgey first returned to Tibet with her family in 1987.

Dr. Tashi Rabgey (Washington D.C.) is the co-founder (with her sister Dr. Losang Rabgey) and strategic advisor of Machik. Dr. T. Rabgey spent much of the past fifteen years working with Tibetan communities inside Tibet, promoting education, entrepreneurship and Tibetan empowerment. From 2008-2011, Dr. T. Rabgey was co-director of the University of Virginia Tibet Center where she was also lecturer in contemporary Tibetan studies, and taught comparative politics and global development studies. She is currently a Research Professor of International Affairs at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. Dr. T. Rabgey holds a PhD. from Harvard University as well as law degrees from Oxford and Cambridge Universities where she was the first Tibetan to be selected as a Rhodes scholar. She is currently a Public Intellectuals Program Fellow with the National Committee on US-China Relations.

Dhardon Sharling (Amherst, MA) is a second generation Tibetan born in exile after her grandparents was forced to escape into exile, India. Dhardon is today the youngest elected member of the Tibetan Parliament based in exile India. She served as the executive member of Tibetan Women’s Association – the most powerful women’s organization in Tibetan history that advocates human rights for Tibetan women in Tibet and works to empower Tibetan women in exile. At TWA, Dhardon spearheaded the research and communications work and published many research reports on the situation of Tibetan women in Tibet. Dhardon continues to advice and mentor TWA and is the creative head of the ‘Legal Empowerment of Tibetan Women in Exile’ project that continues on its positive growth trajectory since its implementation in 2013. Dhardon served on the steering committee of International Tibet Network and is currently the co-chair of the steering committee. She was also elected as the General Secretary of the freshly instituted ‘Tibetan-Chinese PEN Centre,’ since April 2014. As an avid spokesperson for the Tibetan movement, she travels around the world for speaking engagements and has represented Tibet at prestigious conferences such as the Geneva Summit organized by UN Watch, UNCOP-15 Summit in Copenhagen, 1st International Congress on Women’s Health and Unsafe Abortion (ICWHUA) in Bangkok, and World Parliamentarian’s Convention on Tibet (WPCT) in Ottawa. Besides being featured in leading journals and newspapers, Dhardon has been published as a contributing author in the book ‘A Force Such as the World Has Never Known: Women Creating Change,’ published by INANNA Publications and Education Inc. in 2013. Dhardon has a master’s degree in communication studies from an Indian University and a second master’s degree in counseling studies from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. She is currently pursuing her PhD. in Communication at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Political Communication is her specialized area of communication scholarship.

Sangmo Thar (New York, NY) was born and grew up in Amdo Chapcha Tibet (Tsolu Prefecture). After High School, she joined a Tibetan Dance Troupe where she performed as a dancer for 6 years. Sang’s dance specialties were Tibetan dance, Korean dance, Turkish Dance, and Mongolian dance. Later she worked as a choreographer and a bookkeeper in a Tibetan middle school. She did this for two years after giving birth to her daughter. In the early 1990s, Sang escaped from Tibet to Northern India, Dharamsala. In 1996, Sang came to the United States as a translator and has remained in the United States ever since. Sang soon realized that without mastering the English language, she would have a very difficult time surviving in the United States. She worked as a waitress and simultaneously took ESL classes. After countless challenges over the years, she was finally able to pursue her college education. In 2007, Sang completed her Bachelor’s degree (B.A) in Psychology at Hunter College and completed her Master’s Degree in Social Work (2009) at Hunter College. From 2009 to 2015, Sang worked at the Kings County District Attorney’s Office: Victim Services Unit in Brooklyn, as a trained domestic violence (DV) counselor. She focused primarily on an Eastern Asian population, but also helped in the Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking, Homicide, and Crimes Against Children Victims Division offering language and cultural competency. Sang faced challenges when it came to providing services for Tibetan domestic violence survivors because there is no support system for this particular population. Generally, domestic violence is a hidden and silenced topic in many societies, including the Tibetan societies, both in Tibet and outside of Tibet. Sang joined ACHA-Himalayan Sisterhood in 2014 as a NYC-based member and transitioned to become an Advisor in 2016. Sang sees her role, first and foremost, as a Tibetan DV counselor, to raise awareness within the Tibetan communities about signs of DV, the VAWA (Violence Against Women’s Act) implications for DV survivors, and to assist Tibetan domestic violence survivors with finding relevant resources and support. Sang is fluent in Tibetan (Amdo and Central Lhasa dialects), understands Tibetan Kham dialect, and is fluent in Chinese (Mandarin) and English. Sang lives in New York City with her husband. Her daughter is an ACHA supporter and has raised funds for ACHA in the past.

All the events and fundraisers ACHA has hosted would not be possible without the long list of generous volunteers for their time, in-kind support and generosity! It is possible in the list below, we may have missed a few names, in which case, we ask that you please write to to let us know the names we might have overlooked unintentionally. Thank you to all our volunteers and in-kind supporters listed below and those we many have possibly missed:
Tsering Wangmo Aki (CA)
Elma Baata (CA)
Jennifer Berezan (CA)
Rachel Bonn (CA)
Lori Bonn (CA)
Anupama Chapagain (CA)
Lhamo Dolma (CA)
Tsering Wangmo Dhompa (CA)
Amisha Hada (CA)
Enkhbold Jambajav (CA)
Carol Keslar (CA)
Sonam Lama (CA)
Tenzin Losel (India/CA)
Khunkyi Malampa (NY)
Joanna Macy (CA)
Beckie Masaki (CA)
Ellie McCutchson (CA)
Dhondup Namgyal (CA)
Tenzing Norsang (CA)
Jampa Phuntsok (CA)
Maria Segarra (CA)
Dechen Shak-Dagsey (Switzerland)
Tsetan Shaklo (CA)
Nisha Thapa (CA)
Hillery Trippe (CA)
Chunpo Tsering (CA)
Tenzin Tsomo (CA)
Lobsang Wangdu (CA)
Tsering Yangkey (CA)
Tsering Youdon (CA)

International Work

Small Grants for Tibetans in the Himalayan Region
We disburse small grants to support existing women-led initiatives and projects that empower women, particularly in Tibet under our three themes of Girls’ Education, Women’s Health, and Women’s Leadership. The support always goes to grassroots initiatives by Tibetan women for seniors without family, single mothers, widows, victims of DV/GBV and girl orphans, etc. particularly in very marginalized settlements and conditions.
Programs We Have Supported
Momo-Popo Fund: We began this initiative in collaboration with an ongoing program in India that supports seniors who have no family or financial support for pilgrimages, an important ritual for aging Tibetan Buddhists. A garage sale on Christmas Eve 2011 and individual donations helped raise $2000 toward the costs of 108 senior (ages 70+) Tibetan pilgrims to the 2012 Kalachakra Teachings in
Bodhgaya, India. ACHA is grateful to the many donors who made this special spiritual initiative possible.
Hand on Help Project: Tsering Dolkar, a young Tibetan who is known as the ‘Tibetan Mother Teresa’, runs a small social care program in Chandigarh, North India. ACHA is delighted to be offering some support toward the health care of several of their terminally ill patients. Beneficiaries of Hand on Help Project are under treatment for a range of diseases including hepatitis; various forms of cancer such as lung, bone, prostate and throat, heart and digestion problems, as well as some cases of HIV/AIDS. Hands on Help provides accommodation, transportation to and from the hospital, making appointments, interpreting between doctors and patients, explaining special diets and medication, collecting prescriptions, providing emotional support and arranging funerals as and when necessary. ACHA raised $350 through a birthday party donation and will be raising more funds for Tibet’s “Mother Teresa”!





ACHA Rebuilding and Resiliency Fund for Nepal

Give with an Open Heart to ACHA Rebuilding and Resiliency Fund Online


Make your checks payable to “MACHIK” and please put “ACHA Nepal Rebuilding and Resilience Fund” in the memo – very important. If you are on the East Coast, please mail them to: ACHA Himalayan Sisterhood (c/o Tsechu Dolma) 42-24-64street,Woodside, NY 11377 .               OR If you are on the West Coast, you can mail them to: ACHA Himalayan Sisterhood (c/o Dechen Tsering) 1728 10th Street, Berkeley, CA 94710.


Raised so far (May 21, 2015): $33,342[*]

The entirety of funds raised so far has already been distributed or pledged to local partners.

Rebuilding and Resilience Fund for Nepal goal: $100,000

Breakdown of the Fund Raised so far’s Allocation to Local Partners 

Local Partner

Funds Distributed (as of May 21, 2015) Remaining Fund Pledged(distributed before 6/2015)
Bakhang, Sindhupalchowk $3,740
Discretionary Fund[†] $902
Educate the Children, Dolakha district $2,000
Migrant Carpet Weavers $6,480 $13,520
Himalayan Society for Youth and Women Empowerment $3,000
Laduk, Dolakha $200
Sahayeta $3,000
Women Rehabilitation Center $500
Total $10,920 $22,422


  1. Direct Relief Funds: $10,420 (distributed as of May 21, 2015)

Tsechu Dolma, ACHA-NY Coordinator flew to Nepal 4 days after the first 7.8 magnitude earthquake on April 25, 2015 with relief supplies. Once in Kathmandu, she partnered with a local club of volunteers to organize a team made up of a foreign general physician, a Rinpoche (lama), a nun and two volunteers. The team reached 306 families and 260 individuals and distributed (as of May 19, 2015) a total of $10,420 in direct relief support as detailed below:

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Bakhang, Sindhupalchowk district

  1. Impact: 225 nuns + 6 monks + 30 monks + 150 villagers
  2. ACHA assessed the nunnery’s most immediate need, which was money to pay construction workers
  3. Offered $2,240, which will directly help pay for 3,500 hours of labor
  4. Offered $1,500 to Sengedak Service Society, which directly provides aid materials to Bakhang nunnery
  5. Donated 330 pounds of medical and relief supplies, reaching 150 households and 260 monastics
  6. Led 150 hours of Acute Stress Disorder and medical counseling for 305 women

Laduk Village, Dolakha district

Impact: 4 households

Offered $50 each to 4 worst hit families in the village; total $200; assessed by the village council and ACHA


Migrant Carpet Weavers: Stark Fund

Impact: 115 weaver families (Kamal Rug Suppliers), hailing from Sindhupalchowk and Dolakha district.

Impact Allocated Fund offered
Total Death of Weavers 1 Rs 10,000 Rs 10,000
Total Death in Weaver Immediate Family 6 Rs 5,000 Rs 30,000
Total Injured 9 Rs 5,000 Rs 45,000
Total Homes Damaged 99 Rs 4,000 Rs 396,000
 Total Affected 115 Rs 481,000 + 19,000 

Total distributed to 115 weaver households, $5,000

Impact: 37 weaver families (Inter Carpet Suppliers), badly damaged homes in Sindhupalchowk, Dhading, and Nuwakot districts. Offered Rs 4,000 per weaver family. 37 X 4,000 = Rs 148,000 ($1,480)


Women Rehabilitation Center (WOREC) –

Dr. Renu Adhikari, founder/executive director of Women Rehabilitation Center (WOREC) in Kathmandu. Dr. Adhikari was in the Bay Area on April 25, 2015 when the first earthquake took place in Nepal. Just before Dr. Adhikari flew back to Nepal, ACHA hosted a gathering. In times of civil unrest, wars, and disasters, it is a known fact that women and girls become more vulnerable in society. Dr. Adhikari presented updates from Nepal stressing the ways in which communities were impacted and women were mobilizing to begin relief work. Efforts to ensure gender-sensitive relief work with special focus on safety and needs of women survivors – particularly women in the WOREC shelters who come from traumatic experiences of violence and trafficking, pregnant women and single women – were a priority while providing direct relief to families in villages.


ACHA donated $500 to Dr. Adhikari for WOREC’s relief efforts.


ACHA Himalayan Sisterhood members all hail from Nepal and the broader Himalayas. Our funds reaching Nepal is carefully planned for the long-term. While the immediate goal is to provide direct relief efforts for the most vulnerable population, the end goal is building grassroots resilience. We are in it for the long run. We will continue raising funds and supporting our local partners. You can support our work:


  1. Donate online OR


  1. Make your checks payable to “MACHIK” and please put “ACHA Nepal Rebuilding and Resilience Fund” in the memo – very important. If you are on the East Coast, please mail them to: ACHA Himalayan Sisterhood (c/o Tsechu Dolma) 42-24-64street,Woodside, NY 11377 .               OR If you are on the West Coast, you can mail them to: ACHA Himalayan Sisterhood (c/o Dechen Tsering) 1728 10th Street, Berkeley, CA 94710.




Supporting Trusted Partners:


  1. Migrant Carpet Weavers

We are dedicated to supporting migrant wageworkers, as a key step to rebuilding Nepal’s commerce sector. An overwhelming majority of the migrant carpet weavers in Kathmandu hail from rural hill and mountain communities most affected by the earthquake. Their source of livelihood has been interrupted. We have partnered with Stark Carpets in New York to provide support to 5,000 carpet weaver families in Nepal.


We pledge $20,000 to rebuild migrant families lives:

Rs 10,000 (100 USD) to each family with a loss of a weaver

Rs 5,000 (50 USD) to each weavers with loss in immediate family

Rs 5,000 (50 USD) to each weavers with injuries in immediate family

Rs 4,000 (40 USD) to each weavers with severely damaged homes


Our contribution will directly support weaver families with temporary shelter, medicine, education and food.


1 tarpaulin (16 ft X 20 ft) = Rs 1,300 (13USD)

30 kilograms of rice[‡] = Rs 1600 (16 USD)

1 kilograms of lentils = Rs 50 (0.5 USD)

1 liter of cooking oil = Rs 90 (0.9 USD)

1 month of primary government school tuition = Rs 500~1000 (5 USD ~10USD)

1 month of non-governmental public school tuition = Rs 1500~2000 (15USD~20USD)


  1. Educate the Children

Through literacy training and organizational development ETC helps women gain the skills needed to become strong leaders in their communities. ETC provides scholarships, teacher training, building materials and more to improve the quality of education in public schools. They have been in Nepal for more than two decades and they have been in Dolakha since 2008.


ACHA has pledged $2,000 to support ETC education initiatives in Dolakha district.


  1. Himalayan Society for Youth and Women Empowerment (HSYWE) –

HSYWE has over ten years of track record working with youth and women from the Himalayan and Trans-Himalayan ethnic communities in Nepal. In the wake of the earthquake, HSYWE team led by its executive director, Doma Lama, began direct relief trips to villages within the Sindhupalchowk, Rasuwa Shabru (Tibetan refugee camps), and Dolakha districts. HSYWE’s all-women team of organizers mobilized local male volunteers in the villages to help distribute relief supplies that included: tarpaulin shelters, foam mattresses, women’s emergency kits, bags of rice, lentils, cooking oil, other dry food items, flashlights, etc. for the villagers. HSYWE serves communities of Tamang, Tibetan, Magar, Sherpa, Chhetri and other ethnic groups across Nepal.


ACHA has pledged $­­­­3,000 to HSYWE and will continue to raise funds to channel through this group to reach the ethnic minorities and Nepali villages in some of the hard-hit districts.


  1. is a registered 501c3 organization created by individuals who share similar stories of hardship and struggle in America, having arrived as international students, refugees and new immigrants from the Himalayan region.’s mission in the Himalayan region is to further education, health, children’s’ right, elderly rights and women empowerment.


#1 On-the-ground needs assessment to evaluate effective approaches to help with recovery efforts.


#2 Urgent relief efforts: is partnering with individuals and organizations in the Bay Area, Nepal and India to send food, clean water, tents, medicine etc. to make an immediate impact.


#3 Public health and safety: coming monsoons will have a profound effect – will be partnering with public health organizations and local hospitals to support the mitigation of infectious diseases and public safety issues. This could be through

  1. Providing safe water drinking
  2. Medical equipment and
  3. Raising awareness and providing education


#4 Long term rebuilding efforts:

  1. Rebuilding Schools
  2. Offering scholarships for students facing hardship
  3. Rehabilitation help through access to physical therapy
  4. Creating economic opportunities for marginalized communities who have lost their sources of livelihoods


$3,000 pledged funds to and HSYWE will be taken by ACHA members traveling to Nepal (at personal cost) to ensure that 100% of the funds raised will be distributed to the groups in person.


We look forward to raising additional $70,000 to supporting Phase 2 (rebuilding and resiliency) in the coming weeks and months. Stay tuned for updates and thank you for your support. We will continue fundraising.


You can support our work:


  1. Donate online OR


  1. Make your checks payable to “MACHIK” and please put “ACHA Nepal Rebuilding and Resilience Fund” in the memo – very important! If you are on the East Coast, please mail them to: ACHA Himalayan Sisterhood (c/o Tsechu Dolma) 42-24-64street,Woodside, NY 11377.              OR If you are on the West Coast, you can mail them to: ACHA Himalayan Sisterhood (c/o Dechen Tsering) 1728 10th Street, Berkeley, CA 94710.


In Solidarity with the Strong People of Nepal,

ACHA is a 100% volunteer run organization dedicated to empowering Himalayan lives


Thank You to all our Donors!


Alka Singh Family
Amit Dixit
Ann DiFruscia
Annabella Pitkin
Ashok Devata
Ayesha Rasool
Benjamin Bustamente
Ben Orlove Family
Bino Mathew
Carmen Baroudi
Carole Harbard
Cassidy Leventhal
Chhyumi Gurung
Choetso (Sonam Gurung and Sonam Dolma)
Chooileng Ooi
Columbia University School of Social Work
David Mellins
Dechen Wangmo
Dechhin Dojree Lama
Deepti Illa
Dehui Kong
Denise Cermanski
Dikyi (Twins Mother)
Dhonam Pemba
Dorji Dolma Tamang
Dorothee Pierrar-Falchier
Edward Tan Family
Ethan Nguyen
Gurpreet Kapoor
Hannah Immerman
Harsit Gurung
Hennic Chen
Irvin K Honickman
Jane Stein
Janel Chang
Jeanette Eaton
Jialang Yang
Jill S Syme, PhD
Jim Forbes
Julia Zinsmeister
Julie Super
Karan Devnani
Karchoe (Sonam Gurung and Sonam Dolma)
Karma Drukya
Kesang Choedhen Gurung
Kiat Sing-Teo
Kunga Tsomo
Lydia Ruiz
Mariana Cardoso
Maya Mohan
Michael Buckley
Michelle Lam
Michelle McMacken
Mingma Sherpa
Molly Pelavin
Mount Sinai Emergency Department
Namgyal Jorden
Navpreet Mann
Ngawang Tendar
Passang Dolma
Peter Werth
Pooja Shah
Quiyun Tan
Rabab Ayoub
Rachel Honickman
Rajani Pradhan
Sangeeta Yadav
Sheela Shankar
Sonam Choedhen
Stacey Neumann
Stark Carpets
Stark Chicago Rug Sale
Stark Online Donation
Stephanie Pierrard
Sungrab (Sonam Gurung and Sonam Dolma)
Sujata Bajracharya
Sussanah Wellford
Suyin and Karma (Singapore)
Tamding Wangmo Sherpa
Tashi Choden
Tashi T Lama
Tata Liam
Tenzing T Lama Family
Tenying Yangsel
Tenzin Bhuti Bhutia
Tenzin Namgyal (Big Ballay)
Tenzin Dhala
Tenzin Dolkar
Tenzin Kunsang
Tenzin Lhamo
Tenzin Lhamo
Tenzin Lhundup
Tenzin Lhundup Fundraiser Picnic
Tenzin Pelkyi
Tenzin Tsering
Tenzin Tsering
Tenzin Tsomo
Tenzin Yangdom
Thomas Victory
Tsechu Dolma
Tsering Lama (NYU Lutheran)
Tsering Wangmo
Tsering Yangchen
Tsewang Yangzom
Willis Langhorne
Yalan Wu
Yangchen Gurung
Yangdon Tenzin ( NYU Lutheran)
Yilman Steven
Yumi Kasai










[*] Every dollar ACHA Rebuilding and Resilience Fund raises, goes 100% to direct relief and rebuilding support in Nepal. ACHA is a 100% volunteer run organization, we do not have any administrative expenses. Each ACHA member pays for her own travel and lodging expenses.

[†] This fund was set up for small grassroots organizations that we may encounter in Nepal. These organizations are usually very small without much international support or attention; nonetheless, they are impactful. Once we partner with grassroots organizations, we will update.

[‡] An average Nepali household, of 5 people, consumes 2.5 kilos of rice a day.

Bay Area Local Initiatives

Local Initiatives

Sisterhood for Wellness Project: In collaboration with Oakland-based nonprofit, Community Health for Asian Americans (CHAA) (, ACHA began this project to increase access to and the quality of mental health and community wellbeing for immigrant and refugee Asian women in the Bay Area. Traditionally, women’s leadership in many Asian communities is undermined in public arena and yet women are often the vanguards of the health and well-being of their families. Under this project, workshops on civic engagement, parent-teacher communication, breast cancer awareness, domestic violence, employment training, resume writing, and scholarships and student loans were organized for community members in the East Bay. We are delighted and grateful to CHAA for their partnership and Berkeley Mental Health Division for supporting the collaboration for the second year.

Employment and Workforce Development


Cross-Cultural Parenting


Parent-Teacher Communication Workshop


Breast Cancer Prevention Education


Citizenship and Civic Engagement


Challenges in Gender Equity Speakers Bureau


Health and Wellness Yoga Classes