Tarayana Foundation is a non-profit organization working to uplift and enhance the lives of vulnerable communities in rural Bhutan. The Foundation complements and supplements the efforts of the Royal Government in poverty reduction by adopting the national goal of taking “special measures in support of disadvantaged and vulnerable groups as well as efforts to ensure that those who have been largely bypassed by the benefits of development are drawn more fully into the mainstream of the development process.” The Tarayana Foundation was established in 2003 by Her Majesty the Queen, Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck, as a potential solution to the problems of the disadvantaged that she witnessed first hand during her many visits to the remote corners of the nation. Despite the pro-poor development strategy of the government small communities in remote areas still lag behind. The Foundation was established to help these communities achieve self-sufficiency through small and targeted interventions.
The Bhutan Foundation supports the Tarayana Foundation in promoting equitable and sustainable socio economic development, particularly in the areas of education and poverty alleviation. The Bhutan Foundation provided funds to go towards basic education expenses of children from economically disadvantaged families. Almost 800 children were supported through the purchase of school uniforms, shoes, books, and supplementary meal costs. We also supported the Tarayana Foundation in promoting skills development projects where remote rural communities were trained to produce and improve handicrafts. Trainings were held in Lhop, Monpa, Kheng, and Olep in the production of clay pots, candle making, nettle fabric, and bamboo basket weaving. The products were then marketed successfully in Thimphu.
In Germany: Tarayana Stiftung- Rungestr. 19, 10179 Berlin, Germany