Since its inception in 2009, the Bhutan Nuns Foundation (BNF) has used its entrepreneurial spirit to enhance the dignity and quality of life of individual nuns, their families, and their communities, through education and economic self-sufficiency. BNF provides an educational platform for more than 1,000 young women and girl nuns in 26 nunneries across Bhutan. The Bhutan Foundation supports the Bhutan Nuns Foundation in initiatives to improve the quality of life and education of the nuns.
On November 4, 2014, Her Majesty the Queen Mother Tshering Yangdon Wangchuck, patron of the Bhutan Nuns Foundation, along with 400 volunteers, walked 48 km over a period of 13 hours to raise funds for the Bhutan Nuns Foundation’s new retreat center. The BNF volunteers alone raised a total of Nu. 5.2 million (approximately $87K), with a generous contribution of Nu. 500,000 (approximately $8.5K) by the Queen Mother. BNF plans to collaborate with local experts to build this multi-purpose retreat center, where nuns will be trained to become teachers, counselors, and instructors.[more…]
Last year, BNF hosted their first-ever International Nuns’ Conference in Paro, Bhutan (December 14 to 16, 2013). Nuns and supporters of BNF attended the conference from countries around the world, including Korea, India, Taiwan, Germany, United Kingdom, United States, and Switzerland. The conference consisted of presentations and panel discussions focused on the importance of engagement in society, living together with the Sangha, and further development of life skills to improve nuns’ quality of life.
Today, the Bhutan Nuns Foundation continues to serve nuns and women throughout these nunneries in Bhutan.