Tibetans learn skills to increase family income

On January 24, 2011, 14 villagers from Tingri County in the Tibet Autonomous Region of China participated in a 10-day training program to learn new skills in hospitality.

The training program, organized by the Pendeba Society, is part of a comprehensive strategy to build the skills of local people living within the Qomolangma (Mt. Everest) National Nature Preserve so that they may benefit economically from increasing tourism to the region.

A key trainer was Mr. Badun, who has nearly 20-years of culinary experience and currently works as the Chief Chef of the Mt. Everest Hotel in Tingri County. He specializes in both Tibetan and Chinese cuisines, as well as Western bakeries.

Trainees learned the basics of working in a kitchen, from knife skills and hygiene to ingredients and recipes. They also studied the basics of hotel management and etiquette.

“This training is duly beneficial for their future career development,” said a trainee.

The third and final initial round of hospitality training will be held in late February, 2011, with a third group of 15 participants.

The Pendeba Society, founded by an alumnus of the Future Generations Graduate School, is a registered  non-profit organization in Shigatse, Tibet Autonomous Region, China. Donations may be made online through future.org.

The Pendeba Society builds the skills of local volunteers, known as Pendebas, to promote conservation concepts, improve health, and promote local alternatives for sustainable livelihoods and income generation. To date, the organization works with 270 Pendebas throughout the Qomolangma (Mt. Everest) National Nature Preserve.