TCV was established in the early 1960’s by His Holiness elder sister Tsering Dolma. Its main function was to provide an orphanage for the many Tibetan children who had escaped Tibet. TCV also managed to set up a syllabus based on the Indian model but tailored to suit Tibetan children and with emphasis on Tibetan studies.
TCV is registered as a non profitable charitable institution. Today they have expanded through India, and give young Tibetans opportunities to receive also an academic education or vocational training.
TCV consist of a chain of 15 schools, with over 10 000 students, in various parts of India. The main village, known as Upper TCV, is based on a hill about two kilometers form Macleod Ganj, Dharamsala. It educates and looks after the upbringing of about 3000 children, most of whom are orphans or new refugees from Tibet. TCV plays in important role in preserving the Tibetan culture and identity for its youth. This is what makes it one of the major Tibetan institutions in Dharamsala.
TCV consists of 38 homes, four hostels and a baby room to care for children ranging from month old infants through to boys and girls of 18. It has modern school buildings ranging from Montessori nursery to high school, sport grounds, staff quarters, a dispensary, a handicraft centre and the House of Peace and Dialogue.
It is natural that TCV is acting as a major partner and facilitator to the House of Peace and Dialogue. Few places on Earth have experienced the tragedy of receiving youth and children refugees to the extent that TCV has. Their first hand experience of providing traumatized young people with a home and education is unique and offers a wealth of knowledge to be learnt from.
TCV acts as the implement agent of the House of Peace and Dialogue by providing both leadership and management to its operations. It tangibly strengthens the very cause and existence of HPD.
Tibetan Children Village (TCV)