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The Pendeba Society receives dictionaries from Tashi Tsering Education Fund sticky icon

On May 29, 2011, The Pendeba Society met with Mr. Tashi Tsering, eminent Tibetan educationalist and founder of Tashi Tsering Education Fund, and was honored to receive 50 sets of New Trilingual (English-Tibetan-Chinese) Dictionary donated by the Fund. The Pendeba Society would like to extend our sincere gratitude to Tashi Tsering Education Fund for their generous support and help, and hopes to enhance our collaboration in the near future. 

(Photo: Norbu presents a Letter of Thank You to Ms. Tsering Wangmo, Director of Tashi Tsering Education Fund)

Experts from LAO NIU Foundation and ONE Foundation visit The Pendeba Society sticky icon

On May 19th, 2011, The Pendeba Society received a group of entrepreneurs including Mr. LEI Yongsheng, Secretary of LAO NIU Foundation, Ms. ZHANG Min, Supervisor of ONE Foundation and others at our Training Center. 

In the morning, The Pendeba Society’s Executive Director, Tsering Norbu first gave a presentation to our honored guests about The Pendeba Society’s workarea, the Qomolangma National Nature Preserve, and then the background of The Pendeba Society and what The Pendeba Society has achieved since its foundation. During the presentation, all the guests expressed their encouragement and support to our work, as well as contributed a number of constructive comments and suggestions, which were of great help to The Pendeba Society’s work in the future.

The Pendeba Society Met “Vale Award” Evaluation Team in Nyingchi sticky icon

On May 14, 2011, staff of The Pendeba Society went to Bayi Town in Nyingchi Prefecture, Tibet to meet with the experts and staff of the “Vale Award” Evaluation Team. The “Vale Award” is organized by the Ministry of Environmental Protection’s Center for Environmental Education and Communication (CEEC) and Vale Minerals China, jointly with Shanghai United Foundation (Lianquan). The Pendeba Society is honored to be the first NGO that was nominated for the award in the Tibet Autonomous Region. Attendees included members of the evaluation team such as Mr. XI Zhinong, founder of Wild China Film, Ms. LU Yang of CEEC and Ms. HU Heng of Lianquan, and Mr. Cili Nongbu of FutureGenerations China, Mr. Tsering Norbu and Mr. LIU Rongkun of The Pendeba Society. 

Eco-tourism potentials in Qudang, Tibet sticky icon

Eco-tourism potentials in Qudang, Tibet 

By LIU Rongkun, Program Manager

From April 19 to 22, I went on a short trip to Qudang Township in southern Tingri County, where houses the world famous Karma Valley for its richness in outdoors activities. During this trip in addition to meeting with The Pendeba Society’s previous trainees who live in Qudang, I also tried to explore some tourism activities that could involve our past trainees from local communities. The participants of the eco-tourism English training program are very interested in guiding trips in their surrounding areas and I with them experienced some good trails which turned out very adventurous.  There are many good outdoor activities that could be explored in Qudang such as rafting and mountaineering in addition to hiking and trekking. These trips are very good for experienced hikers and those who look for adventures in hidden Himalayas. However, to make it happen would require some facility support which The Pendeba Society may be of help in its future development. For example, as discussed in the 2nd council meeting, The Pendeba Society is thinking of setting up a “Karma Valley Pendeba Eco-tourism Collaborative,” where our participants could apply their learned knowledge in reality. In the future, The Pendeba Society could even provide local family guesthouses with small loans or grants, helping them improve their facilities to attract more tourists and increase their income.  

The Pendeba Society’s 2nd council meeting held in Beijing sticky icon

 

On April 15, 2011, The Pendeba Society’s 2nd council meeting was successfully held at Future Generations’ Beijing Office. The meeting was hosted by Prof. Lei Guangchun, Vice Board Chairman of The Pendeba Society, and attended by Tsering Norbu, Executive Director of The Pendeba Society, Cili Nongbu, Deputy Director of Future Generations/CHINA, Maggie Fan, Executive Assistant of Future Generations/CHINA, and other concerned people. 

The Pendeba Society Attended International Workshop in Kathmandu sticky icon

How to communicate effectively has not been easy for everyone, especially development professionals.  With an aim to help project staff in the field, ICIMOD held a 4-day workshop titled “Knowledge Sharing in Asia,” with support by IFAD and FAO from April 3-6, 2011 in Kathmandu, Nepal.  

The Pendeba Society’s Tsering Norbu and LIU Rongkun were glad to be invited to attend this workshop where other 30 participants across 10 counties in Hindu Kush-Himalayan region also partook to hone their English writing skills and facilitate knowledge sharing between and among various intended audiences and stakeholders. 

Bathed under spring breezes in Kathmandu valley, our participants got together and shared the challenges that they faced from their past writing experiences. This workshop provided participants with basic skills and tools required to ensure that knowledge, development experience, and lessons learned from them were adequately captured and shared through proper writing. Divided into small groups, participants took a closer look at and investigated various writing types such as newsletters, web contents, case studies, reports, and policy briefs. 

Pendebas’ Local Study Tour to Lhasa and Shannan sticky icon

On March 18, 2011, led by Mr. Tsering Norbu, 12 of outstanding trainees from the Pendeba Society’s hospitality and eco-tourism English trainings officially set off for a 10-day study tour to Lhasa and Shannan, where they were exposed to various aspects of Tibetan culture and was able to practice their learnt knowledge during the tour. This tour is expected to bring the participants with inspiring perspectives towards their future and their roles in sustainable rural development in their respective communities, which is also what the Pendeba Society has been striving for: cultivating more Pendebas, i.e., volunteer community-service workers, to enhance the community’s capacity to participate in nature reserve management, and promote sustainable development within these communities.

Ecotourism English Training Farewell Dinner / Ecotourism Job-fair Launched sticky icon

On the evening of March 16, 2011, the Pendeba Society hosted a farewell dinner for the participants of the Ecotourism English Training and hospitality trainings. In addition to the Pendeba Society staff, the dinner was also attended by several officials and other concerned people from local government departments and QNNP Management Bureau, including Deputy Party Secretary of Tingri County, Mr. Lu Peihua, Director of Tingri County Party Commission, Mr. Qian, Deputy Director of Tingri Tourism Bureau, Mr. Suolang, and Deputy QNNP Management Bureau Tingri Branch, Mr. Ci’Ou. 

Mr. Tsering Norbu first on behalf of the Pendeba Society expressed his appreciation of the trainee’s active involvement in this three-month training. He was also thankful for the support from the local government that helped much allow this training program to happen. In the meantime, Mr. Lu and Mr. Qian both acknowledged the importance of carrying out such training programs in Tingri County, which could considerably improve vocational skills for local Tibetans and enable them to better make advantage of the tourism resources in QNNP. Our trainees also showed their gratitude of being part of this training program. A participant said: “Before this training, I knew very little about English and barely wrote any English words. But now I can communicate in basic conversational English. This will be of great help for his future life.”

The Third Hospitality Training Launched sticky icon

On February 15, 2011, the Pendeba Society launched its third hospitality training. 12 participants from Tingri County were invited to the training program, among whom 8 are local Tibetan women.We are glad to have Mr. Badun once again to be our trainer to deliver this training program. Mr. Badun is currently the Chief Chef of the Mt. Everest Hotel in Tingri County and he is specialized in both Tibetan and Chinese cuisines, as well as Western foods.

 Through this 10-day hospitality training with the guidance of Mr. Badun, our trainees will have chances to learn various aspects of cooking including basic knife skills as well as how to prepare different styles of foods. Additionally, the trainees will also gain other knowledge in the field of hospitality manners. 

The Second Hospitality Training Launched sticky icon

On January 24, 2011, the Pendeba Society launched its second hospitality training for another cohort of 14 local villagers from across Tingri County, among whom 12 are female participants.

Mr. Badun, who possesses an almost 20-year culinary career within China and is now the Chief Chef of Mt. Everest Hotel in Tingri County, is invited to be our trainer of this training program. He is a seasoned cook who specializes in both Tibetan and Chinese cuisines, as well as Western bakeries.

During this 10-day training program, with the help of Chef Badun, our trainees will be extensively exposed to various dimensions of cookery from basics of knife skills and knowledge of raw materials to preparing delicious dishes in practice. In addition to cooking skills, our trainees will also have chances to learn other aspects of hospitality industry. This will include knowledge and tips on hotel management and hospitality service manners.