Education at Elevation (E@E) is committed to improving the lives of Tibetan orphans, poor children, and elders living in rural Eastern Tibet. Our vision is to bring hope to the children through education as well as emotional and spiritual support, to provide them with roots for a brighter future.

Founded in 2007, this non-profit organization raises funds throughout the year to provide clothing, shoes, food, healthcare, teacher salaries, and other necessities for the children. Education at Elevation works closely with the school’s founder and spiritual leader, Sonam Rinpoche, as well as with project coordinators and teachers at the school.

Since the school’s inception, we have seen the students thrive intellectually as well as socially. The school not only provides an education and a nurturing home for the children, but it also serves as a family foundation for the children who have been orphaned or abandoned. Due to the harsh conditions of the region, limited healthcare options, and other challenging social conditions, more than half of the students at the school are orphans or have lost one parent.

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide food, shelter, education, and opportunities for underprivileged children and seniors in the Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, China.


The school is located in Baiyu, a remote village in the Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, approximately 18 hours’ drive from Chengdu, China. The site is 14,000 ft above sea level.

The Team

Spiritual Advisor


  • Sean Caras – President
  • Yuko Caras – Vice-President
  • Patti Shelton – Secretary
  • Wendy Wong – Treasurer
  • Patrick Low
  • Ann Sutherland


Recommend to print the report on DOUBLE SIDED- flip on SHORT EDGE, then fold the printout in half to make a booklet.

Annual Report 2022-2023 **NEW**

Annual Report 2021-2022

Annual Report 2020-2021

Annual Report 2019-2020

Annual Report 2018-2019

Annual Report 2017-2018

Annual Report 2016-2017

Annual Report 2015-2016

Annual Report 2014-2015

E@E Spring Newsletter 2016

E@E Summer Newsletter 2015

Annual Report 2013-2014

E@E Spring Newsletter 2014

E@E Celebrates First 56 Tibetan Graduates from School.  Oct 2013

Annual Report 2012-2013

Annual Report 2011-2012

E@E 2012 March Winter Newsletter

2010-2011 Annual Report, November 2011

Water Feasibility Study Report, Sept 2011

VDF 2011 Auction Newsletter – The Water Project – Wine & Chocolate Auction

VDF Winter 2010 Newsletter – Hurray! The Girls’ School Is Complete

VDF June 2010 Newsletter – Books and Beds at 14,000 feet

2010 Wine Auction Newsletter No. 1

VDF November 2009 Newsletter – One Year Anniversary

VDF May 2009 Newsletter – New Life Begins Here

VDF Oct 2008 Newsletter – Dream Comes True

Blankets And Light Bedding For 60+ Needy Chidlren in Tibet August 5th 2008

Children Helping Children – CD Launch To Help Needy Kids In Tibet July 29th 2008

Explore Tibet – A Slideshow of The People, Culture and Lifestyles April 2nd 2008

Non-Profit Foundation To Help Tibetan Needy Children with Housing And Educational Opportunities  February 22nd 2008