Interested in learning more about what the Fellows are doing? Here are some brief profiles of some of the Fellows and links to their stories.  Click on a cause to learn more or simply scroll through them all. 

Cross-cultural and Inter-religious Cooperation

Violence Prevention

Gender Equity

Poverty Alleviation 

Environmental Sustainability 

Access to Health

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Cross-cultural and Inter-religious Cooperation

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Violence Prevention 

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Gender Equity

Kumar Kunal Jha, 2016 Dalai Lama Fellow

Kumar Kunal Jha, 2016 Dalai Lama Fellow

UnGender, Kumar Kunal Jha, 2016 Dalai Lama Fellow, India

UnGender, an organization working to provide gender and inclusion training to institutions in India.

"In December 2013, the Supreme Court of India reinstated section 377 of the Indian Penal Code which criminalizes consensual same sex activity even between adults. Here I was just getting ready to do my research on the LGBTQ community and the apex court of our country passed one of the most regressive laws in Indian history which further marginalized and excluded a section of our society. After a lot of thinking and reflecting back on the history of LGBTQ and human rights struggle, I concluded that I had to take a stand for myself. I wanted to be the leader of my own life, change things for my own good, be compassionate towards myself and not live in fear. After the Dalai Lama Fellows Ethical Leadership Summit, I have become better at engaging across differences. I have finally understood that all the people who suggested me to take a ‘safe’ research topic or to not disclose my sexual orientation were just trying to help me. Even though I might not always agree/follow the advice that they give me but realizing that they were giving all this advice to help me is a powerful feeling in itself. I now feel that these people are not discouraging me but were only trying to help me all this while. I respect people and their opinions more now."

 

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Poverty Alleviation

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Environmental Sustainability

Vy Tran, 2016 Dalai Lama Fellow

Vy Tran, 2016 Dalai Lama Fellow

Garbage Clinical Insurance, Vy Tran, 2016 Dalai Lama Fellow, Mexico

Garbage Clinical Insurance is a piloted micro-health insurance that allows community members in rural Mexico to pay for health services with their garbage. Through compost and recycling programs, GCI transforms garbage into financial support while also regenerating healthy environments. 

 

Tree Adoption Uganda, Charles Batte, 2015 Dalai Lama Fellow, Uganda

Tree Adoption Uganda seeks to transform environmental conservation activities into avenues for empowering young people and turning them into
entrepreneurs. TAU addresses youth unemployment and climate change by offering basic start-up business training, 3-year mentorship and free consultation to youth, and help in raising start-up capital to enable them to create businesses in the form of tree nurseries, which are then sold to companies to reduce their carbon footprint. The youth invest the income in themselves and their families.

 

Ab-drishya, “Now Visible”, Maggie Paul, 2015 Dalai Lama Fellow, India

अब-   य (Ab-drishya, “Now Visible”) aims to bring about visibility for “invisible,” home-based women workers in the slums of Mumbai through their contribution of ecological solutions to the waste problem of the city.

Access to Health