Message from the President
The past year gave us many reasons for our hearts to overflow in gratitude. We welcomed and rejoiced in the birth of our most precious Gyalsey His Royal Highness Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck on the 5th of February and joined the nation in all the Tendrel Celebrations.I am extremely happy to share the Tarayana Meritorious Service Award was instituted to mark the birth of our precious “Son of the Nation” and three of our senior Field Officers received the award to recognize their passionate service over the past decade. We celebrated the 400th anniversary of Zhabrung Rinpoche’s arrival and also celebrated Guru Rinpoche’s birth year.
His Majesty the King most graciously awarded Tarayana Foundation the National Order of Merit (First Class) during the National Day celebration in Trongsa for all the holistic rural development initiatives in the service of rural communities. Our efforts also earned us the prestigious Pope Francis Charity and Leadership Award on 25th October, 2016. These recognitions gave us greater responsibilities in serving the underserved. In order to bring synergies to the work we do, Tarayana continues to promote partnerships and collaboration between and among local communities, local government, civil societies and relevant networks both in the region and outside to craft out the best sustainable growth and development opportunities for our local communities.
I am happy to note that our experiences of partnering with various Government agencies have yielded excellent results on the ground where the communities were directly benefited as intended. We are happy that the complementarity of our efforts was able to bring about quicker results in serving our rural communities. At the end of the day it is obvious that all our different programmes are drawn up with the aim of improving the lives and living conditions of our people by putting them on a trajectory of sustainable development that will keep them engaged, prosperous and happy.
ECCD centers were mainstreamed and handed over to the Government and most of the services of the 39 facilitators were regularized. I am happy to note that the Ministry of Education is investing in our future citizens by supporting the early learning programmes.
In addition to all the regular programmes like Surgical Camps, Capacity development, Tarayana Rural Crafts, Folk Heritage Museum and Tarayana School Clubs, Tarayana Centre for Social Research and Development has started various social research initiatives.
We could not have done all this without the goodwill and support of all our volunteers, community members, community leaders, local governments, various developmental sectors of the Government and donors. I thank each and every one of you for your continued support.
Her Majesty The Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck