ASIA 96 Association for International Solidarity in Asia (Associazione per la Solidarietà Internazionale in Asia) was founded in Italy in 1988 by Chogyal Namkhai Norbu, former Professor of Tibetan Language and Literature at Naples University “L’Orientale” and one of the world’s leading experts in the history, philosophy and spiritual traditions of Tibet.
ASIA is a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) officially recognized by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It signed a partnership agreement with the Humanitarian Aid Department of the European Commission (ECHO), and formally became a Non-profit Social Organization in 1998.
ASIA considers the cultural diversity, traditions and historical heritage of the peoples of the Asian continent and particularly of Tibet and the Himalayan region a priceless treasure to be safeguarded and handed on to future generations, through sustainable development and the engagement of its communities.
In particular, ASIA shares the values of peace, respect and tolerance found in the cultural and spiritual tradition of Tibet, and regards these traditions as the heritage of all humankind