THF's aims and principles

Principles of THF's development work

  • THF vocational training teamCooperation for sustainable, participatory and equitable development

  • Particular focus on housing, vocational training, ecological architecture, infrastructure and low-income communities


Principles of THF's housing upgrading and heritage conservation work
  • Conservation for local communities (ICOMOS living cities principle)
  • Conservation of buildings and of building technology
  • For residential buildings: priority on livability, owner/occupants participate in planning process
  • Maximum retaining of historic elements (UNESCO Venice charter), mud plaster and soil roof layers often replaced
  • Accomodation of local demand for pragmatic usability of sites
  • COMPROMISES and NEGOTIATIONS are routine

THF is non-political and committed to promote understanding and co-operation between different cultures and nations to benefit world cultural heritage.

THF projects are based on a participatory approach, centered around preservation of indigenous heritage and traditions. Our water and sanitation program is aimed at improving people's living conditions.

THF trains local people in technical skills, such as traditional building skills, architectural design and survey work, mural conservation and general restoration skills. Our mural conservation program currently involved the first-ever training of Ladakhi restorers, and technical analysis of Tibetan mural technology in cooperation with academic institutions.

THF is a registered non-profit NGO, and accepts donations and contributions.