Who Are We?
Rogpa was established in 2004 and means "Trusted friends and helpers" in Tibetan. It is these people that form ROGPA. We act to integrate the Tibetan community in exile by increasing Tibetan co-operation and responsibility, this is achieved in many ways; through the Baby Care Centre (BBC), the Women craft centre (WCC) and the Rogba Shop and Cafe. We do not subscribe to a hand out philosophy, we rather aim to empower Tibetan people through combined efforts that contribute to autonomy and self determination.Read More...
Wow! The last few weeks volunteering at the BCC have been brilliant! Looking after the babies was so much fun (definitely a learning curve) but I loved every moment. It was great to get to know all of their personalities and practice my (very basic) Tibetan. We spent the days playing, singing and reading and it leaves lots of room for imaginative games with the children, as well as weekly trips including a forest trip. It was great to see the children loving exploring and enjoying nature freely.
One of the highlights of my time here was most definitely the parent's picnic; it was an unforgettable day eating delicious Tibetan food, listening to Tibetan music, playing lots of card games and being warmly welcomed into the community.
Bethan Rudgley - UK
I have learned some useful nursery rhymes, a few colors and a few basic commands (in Tibetan). The whole scheme is really impressive and so much more relaxed and enjoyable than an English baby care place would be.
It was really nice to feel helpful and see how necessary the BCC is to all the parents - They clearly depend on it, and consequently depend on the staff as well. Now we can all spread the word and hopefully keep the volunteers coming.
Bridget Hummerstone - UK
I had a great experience at Rogpa. At first it was overwhelming and I was not exactly sure what to do, but I soon caught on. I learned mostly by watching the staff and being told what to do.
I think it is always helpful for parents to be able to leave there children in safe and capable hands. I think my experience helped me to contribute to something important and valuable for the community.
Sarah Torinus - USA
Brilliant, inspiring, happy, joyful, energizing, motivating, rewarding and tiring too! For me the BCC gave me my first experience with volunteering my time and energy. I found this gave me feelings of great satisfaction and achievement. I hope Rogpa and BCC benefited from my motivation and energy to help.
Richard Mayne - Australian
I loved being at Rogpa to take care of the children even if it was exhausting. I think we have understood each other even without words. They are the future seeds of Tibetan community in McLeod. So it's good that they learn to respect each other, to laugh and love.
I wanted to help the Tibetan community in McLeod Ganj and so I did it through their loving children. I think it is hard work because they are numerous so any volunteer provides some help, even without experience.
Le Gentil Nexiane - France