Mission: "Helping where help is needed" is the slogan of ROKPA INTERNATIONAL and 17 Branch ROKPA's worldwide, of which ROKPA USA is one. ROKPA has no political agenda and strives to serve people of any racial or faith background. The founders of ROKPA INTERNATIONAL, Dr.Akong Tulku Rinpoche and Ms. Lea Wyler have both dedicated themselves to the humanitarian work of ROKPA for 20 years. Apart from a small paid staff in the Zurich Office, ROKPA is served entirely by volunteers and total overheads remain under 10%. In the USA, even administrative overheads are met by specific donation so that all funds raised are given to the projects. ROKPA has a remarkable track record of serving the needs of vulnerable populations and ecosystems in the Himalayan regions of Tibet and Nepal with an emphasis on orphans, especially girls. Existing education and feeding schemes for the homeless of Johannesburg, South Africa, have been supported since 2001. A project in Zimbabwe helping families of AIDS sufferers is added to the list. ROKPA's philosophy emphasizes the reciprocal benefits that come from open hearted giving. Here at ROKPA USA we are focussed on raising awareness of the opportunity for supporting Tibetans in their homeland through gifts to ROKPA.