As I pen my first message to you as Executive Director of Students for a Free Tibet, I feel deeply grateful and honored to be appointed to this important position of leadership within the Tibetan freedom struggle, especially at this critical time. I believe that with great obstacles come great opportunities for change and progress. No matter how difficult the road ahead, we will continue our fight for justice and freedom for Tibet. I have full confidence that with such a strong and dedicated staff team, board of directors, and our members and supporters all over the world, I can lead SFT to not only to overcome our challenges but in fact to achieve important milestones for Tibet and bring real progress in the movement.
Since the inception Students for a Free Tibet in 1994, with the mission to work in solidarity with the Tibetan people in their struggle for freedom and independence, SFT has inspired thousands of students and activists around the world and has grown into a leading global network of youth campaigning for the rights of the Tibetan people. This very reason inspired me to become part of SFT seven years ago as a youth activist and local organizer.
SFT has always been a thorn in China’s side and a true ally of the Tibetan people. In the coming years, I will do my very best to lead SFT with vision, integrity and tireless effort to challenge China’s colonial occupation of Tibet. I am confident that you will do everything you can to advance the Tibetan cause and to support the Tibetan people in our nonviolent struggle for freedom.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank our former Executive Director Tenzin Dolkar and Interim Director Pema Yoko for their leadership, courage and unwavering commitment to Tibetan freedom. I wish to thank each and every one of you for your continuous support to SFT in our work for Tibet.
I am writing this message having just come back from Germany, where we just concluded our week-long Free Tibet! Action Camp. I can’t think of a better way to start my work as Executive Director than in the midst of smart, strategic and dedicated students and Tibet activists from over ten different countries, training and discussing and learning to become the next generation leaders of our movement.
I hope that you will consider making a donation today to make an investment in SFT’s work: https://sfthq.cc/SupportTibetToday
As Margaret Mead said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
Students for a Free Tibet