Pendeba in the Tibetan language means “Worker who benefits the village.” Pendebas are locally elected villagers who are trained in the practical skills of environmental protection, primary healthcare, and income generation.

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Pendeba Meeting

Lhamu Tsering conducts a Pendeba meeting in front of ancient, and now-eroded, watch towers in the Dingri area of Qomolangma Preserve.  Among other tasks, Pendebas attempt to work with the residents of their villages to clarify what the villagers would like to do in terms of agricultural improvements, health care, education, and income generation.

Pendebas engage in classroom activity

This class session took place during 2010 Pendeba Training with the founder of the Pendeba Society, Norbu Tsering

A Pendeba and Tibetan baby

The skills Pendebas are equipped with directly affect health in the home—improving the lives of young babies and children.

Pendeba Training Site

Training Pendebas; Pendebas listening carefully to Norbu's lectures

Pendeba Visitor and Training Center

The Pendeba Society Visitor and Training Center 

Pendebas gather for skills training in ecotourism

Pendebas gather for skills training in ecotourism

Pendebas lead community meetings so the local people have input to government decisions

Pendebas lead community meetings so the local people have input to government decisions

Pendeba Data Collection

Pendeba Data Collection Project

Pendeba Data Collection 2

Pendeba Data Collection Project, interviewing pendebas

Training Center 2

Pendeba Society Training Center