Who we are

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

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 for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), in the interests of peoples in need of aid, without distinction of race, faith, religion or nationality.

Non-profit and apolitical, ASIA is an independent organization.

ASIA operates with awareness of cultural diversity and acts to safeguard and valorise local traditions, traditional scientific understanding and artistic heritage to awaken knowledge of them in civil society.

ASIA believes in the active participation of the beneficiaries in its projects and involves the local communities in identifying development’s constraints, planning, management and sustainability of the projects. ASIA acts with awareness of natural eco-systems, utilizing materials and technologies with low impact on the environment.

ASIA believes in the importance of universal education, a fundamental right and indispensable opportunity for all children, enabling their access to improved living conditions and ensuring respect for the cultural integrity of a people.

ASIA concentrates on a limited number of projects, deploying professional, motivated experts operating with respect for the values of the Association and of the beneficiary populations.

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

ASIA considers the cultural diversity, traditions and historical heritage of the peoples 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 its communities.

In particular, ASIA shares the values of peace, respect and tolerance found in the cultural and spiritual tradition of Tibet, and regards these traditions as the heritage of all humankind.

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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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