Who we are

ASIA (Association for International Solidarity in Asia) was founded in Italy in 1988 by Chogyal Namkhai Norbu, a former Professor of Tibetan Language and Literature at “L’Orientale” University of Naples and one of the world’s leading experts in Tibetan history, philosophy and spiritual traditions.

ASIA is a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) officially recognized by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It signed a partnership agreement with the Humanitarian Aid Department of the European Commission (ECHO), and formally became a Non-profit Social Organization in 1998.

ASIA operates in support of the preservation of the identity and historical heritage of the peoples of Asia, with particular attention to Tibet and the Himalayan region, and promotes sustainable development processes centred on local communities with their own human, cultural and environmental resources.

ASIA is a humanitarian organization working towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), in the interests of people in need of aid, without distinction of race, faith, religion or nationality.

ASIA is a non-profit, apolitical, non-denominational and independent organization.
ASIA operates in respect of cultural diversity and acts to safeguard and valorise local traditions, artistic heritage and traditional sciences.

ASIA believes in the active participation of beneficiaries in its projects and involves the local communities in identifying constraints in the planning, management, development and sustainability of the projects.

ASIA realises its projects in respect of the environment by utilizing materials and technologies with low environmental impact.

ASIA believes in the importance of universal education, a fundamental right and indispensable opportunity for all children. Education allows access to improved living conditions and ensures the respect for the cultural integrity of a population.

ASIA concentrates on a limited number of projects, by deploying professional, motivated experts operating in respect of the values of the organisation and of the project’s beneficiaries.

Transparency and accountability are the pivotal points of the financial and economic management of ASIA.

ASIA considers the culture, traditions and historical heritage of the populations of the Asian continent, and particularly of Tibet and the Himalayan region, a priceless treasure to be safeguarded and handed on to future generations, through sustainable development and the engagement of local communities.

In particular, ASIA shares the values of peace, respect and tolerance found in the cultural and spiritual tradition of Tibet, considering them the heritage of all humankind.

Nepal: ricostruiamo le scuole

ASIA è sul posto dai primi giorni dopo il terremoto. E passata l’emergenza, non se n’è andata. È rimasta per dare una mano a ricostruire il futuro di molti bambini, a partire dalle scuole.

Fai un gesto che farà scuola

NEPAL Rebuild the schools

Let's rebuild together the schools destroyed by the earthquake.Now we need your help. The schools will be a safe place where the children can learn to grow up and will be protected from child trafficking.

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