Success Stories

The Man who walked for the water

Life in Rural Kengkhar There are certain parts about rural life in Kengkhar that can make a person wish they lived there forever. The warm sunshine. Wake up calls from the rooster. Basket weaving in the afternoon. The singing and dancing. But there are also tedious tasks that come...

I feel beautiful for the first time

Driving down a bumpy road in the middle of Mekuri village in Pemagatshel, we were kicking up dust as we headed into the rural countryside. I was traveling to evaluate the work of Field Officer, who was looking after the water tank construction and training communities in sanitation and...

Meet the 46 year old President

By the time I arrived in Tsirangtoe, a small crowd has already gathered around the tap stand, anxious to talk about the difference that clean water has made in their community. At the front of the pack, neatly lined up are four members of the local water committee or...

Housing Improvement

A home is generally the most important asset people will ever own. For poor families around the world, it is likely to be the only significant asset they will possess. Yet, until recently, access to housing-related finance has remained extremely limited in the developing world. The home is important...

Tarayana’s attempt to curb rural-urban migration

Rural-urban migration is a phase in the development process that affects all countries and Bhutan is no exception. Rural to urban migration de-populates rural areas, decreasing farming activities and leads to food insecurity on one hand and causes overcrowding in urban centers, which leads to a strain in social...

Solar Fencing and wild animals

Imagine and feel the frustrations and desperation of farmers who spent months cultivating their fields to see it all destroyed in one night by wild boar, monkeys or deer. What can farmers really do other than guard their fields all night long after a hard day’s work till the...

Story of Sanitation in Khempa

The small village of Khempa is situated in Samtse Dzongkhag. It has 34 registered households and total population of 186 residents of which 95 are male and 91female. The entire community did not necessarily see the need for proper toilets and open defecation was an accepted norm in spite...

“Boys with dreams become men with vision.”

They say that every picture tells a story – but sometimes the picture can’t quite tell the whole story. Meet Dorji who spends his winter vacation by helping his parents in constructing their house. He is based in Wangling village, Langhtil gewog in Trongsa, which is our REAP program...

The Water Doctor (Meet the man who keeps water flowing in Lotokuchu Singye Community)

When I met Lai Tshering Doya, he’s already in the middle of a repair. He arrived early. Without pausing, he angles his head back and reveals kind eyes from under the brim of his bucket hat. His face doesn’t change, and his hands keep moving. He just gives a...

Ap Zhangba, the grasshopper, learns a lesson

“When your neighbour’s child cries, it hurts your ears. But when your own child cries, it hurts your heart.” ~ Zhangba, 35-year-old villager from Rukha. When building their permanent houses, all villagers of Rukha counted on each other: One house after another was constructed and everyone was happy to...

Day care Programme contribute towards income generating activities

With her child attending the day care centre, Aum Chhimi says she gets all the free time to herself. She does not have to worry about her child anymore as she feels secured to have left her child in safe hands. Waking up early in the morning and getting...

Nettle weaving in the remote areas of central Bhutan

One of the twelve women whose life changed after the nettle project is a mother of four, Aum Tshendu. She says her life has improved and has become so much better due to the nettle project. She works full time with nettle, weaving away to provide and educate her...

Gravity Ropeway

A 980meters long gravity goods ropeway was successfully installed and commissioned in Norgaygang gewog, connecting Thrikha and Changju. This is a community owned and operated facility, the first of its kind in the country, and is currently operated by the Griling Tshokpa. With the commissioning of this goods ropeway,...