The Jindhag Foundation is a charitable organization founded to support and preserve the cultural diversity of traditional and indigenous peoples around the world that are being threatened with extinction and assimilation into modernity. The word Jindhag comes from the Tibetan word for “sponsors” and is associated with the notion of giving support.

All Volunteer Run

The Jindhag Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit. The organization is run entirely by volunteers and does not have any paid employees or administrative overhead. All of the resources, supplies, and infrastructure are donated by its members; thus all donations are forwarded in full toward the intended use.


The Jindhag tradition comes from the history of Tibetan monasteries that were once provided for by local benefactors. The monks regarded these local families who gave financial support in high esteem and in return would provide spiritual support.

In its two initial projects the Jindhag foundation focused on helping two cultures that are struggling to survive on the roof of the world. The Tibetan and Afghan people both preserve unique, ancient traditions that have survived in isolation in the remote Himalyan and Hindu Kush Mountains. These traditions that have survived for millennia are now threatened as geopolitical pressures of displacement and decades of war have torn at the social and cultural fabric woven by these people over many centuries.

Local shop owner after rebuilding.

The Jindhag Foundation began working in 2001 to provide daily life support for monasteries and nunneries to sustain the Tibetan culture for the coming generations. In 2003, the Foundation expanded its focus to help revive the Afghan village of Istalif that has a particularly rich cultural history in creating unique pottery.

Jindhag Foundation Board of Directors:

Ira Seret, Sylvia Seret, Marcia Keegan, Harmon Houghton, Lobsang Lhalungpa, Ali MacGraw, Ajna Seret, Sharif Seret, Isaiah Seret.

Project Managers for Istalif:

Abdul Istalifi (bio) and Ali Istalifi (bio).