Pema is committed to serving diverse communities, particularly on organizations that enable at-risk populations to thrive and flourish.

The Pema Chödrön Foundation's (PCF) support of these inspiring programs enables groups of vulnerable people to not only heal and grow, but also to thrive and flourish in their respective communities.


Malezi School (Nairobi, Kenya)

Malezi School in Nairobi, Kenya is the first school in the community’s history to offer affordable education.

The school is creating sustainable, grassroots change through care and love. The poverty challenges and hunger issues in this particular slum are extreme. The help provided by the The Pema Chödrön Foundation will enable them to provide breakfast and lunch daily to 220 undernourished children and 9 teachers.

Teachers report the meals program has had a profound impact on the well being of the community; they see improved attendance, class participation and exam performance.

Perhaps more importantly, teachers share “the program has switched the mindset of the students from poverty focus to prosperity focus… the students feel they have the potential to succeed.”


"Providing breakfast and lunch has had a profound impact on the well being of the community. Teachers see improved attendance, class participation and exam performance."

Malezi School Teacher

Operation Peacemaker Fellowship (Richmond, CA)

The Operation Peacemaker Fellowship was established to reduce the number of young men involved in gun-related violence in the City of Richmond and North Richmond in California. Operation Peacemaker Fellows are former inmates committed to promoting and advancing peace, non-violence, and healthy resolutions in the neighborhoods that they represent.

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Surmang Foundation

The Surmang Foundation has operated free medical clinics providing community-based care and education to women, resulting in a notable reduction in maternal and infant mortality.

Surmang Foundation is located in Yushu prefecture, a Tibetan community with the highest maternal and infant mortality rates in the world.

In 2006 the Foundation opened a Community Health Worker project, training 40 village and nomadic women as barefoot doctors/birth attendants. By 2011 these Community Health Workers had reduced maternal mortality to zero.


The Prison Mindfulness Institute

The Prison Mindfulness Institute’s mission is to provide prisoners, prison staff, and prison volunteers, with the most effective, evidence-based tools for rehabilitation, self-transformation, and personal and professional development. In particular, they provide and promote the use of proven effective mindfulness-based interventions (MBI’s).


Homeboy Industries

Homeboy Industries is the largest gang rehabilitation and re-entry program in the world. For over 30 years, they have stood as a beacon of hope in Los Angeles to provide training and support to formerly gang-involved and previously incarcerated people, allowing them to redirect their lives and become contributing members of our community.

Homeboy Industries provides a safe haven to at-risk children and community members. Fosters creativity, wellness and empowerment through educational programs in sustainable farming, nutrition, movement yoga, and the arts.


HELP (Himalayan Environment and Life Protection)

Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche created the non-profit Himalayan Environment and Life Protection (H.E.L.P.) in 2023 to continue Tergar Charity Nepal’s work to mitigate climate change in the Himalayas. H.E.L.P. empowers communities to become resilient in the face of climate change and protect the environment in the Himalayas.

Rinpoche’s vision is to support human flourishing through work that reduces all forms of suffering and leads to increased innate well-being.

Led by Project Coordinator, Margot Clavier, H.E.L.P focuses on Climate Change, Women’s Empowerment, Community Resilience, Education, Entrepreneurship, and Animal Welfare.

Through their Environmental & Biodiversity conservation efforts, they are providing Food Security through Organic Agriculture, Bioclimatic greenhouses, and Reforestation.


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