Message from the President
Tarayana joined the nation in an eventful 2015 as we celebrated the 60th birth anniversary of His Majesty The Fourth Druk Gyalpo. I am happy to share that the dedication of three of our Flagship Programmes (Rural Housing; Surgical Camp and Buzip-Rural Early Childhood Care and Development) to the celebration saw the construction of 141 new houses in our remote communities, providing marked improvement in their living conditions; 108 life transforming surgeries through two camps; and 504 rural children enrolled in our Buzip Centres stimulating the growth and development of our future citizens.
In addition, together with local communities, we planted saplings of the original Jangchub Shing at various sites in the country to mark the special occasion. The 4537 student volunteers of the 90 active Tarayana School Clubs concentrated their efforts in increasing awareness on various social issues and bringing smiles to the lives they touched through their social work as their special dedication.
The nation jubilantly rejoiced at the exceedingly good news of the soon to be born Gyalsey announced by His Majesty on Nov 11th 2015. The birth of His Royal Highness, The Precious Gyalsey, filled us with joy and gratitude to Their Majesties, our guardian deities, and the good fortune of the people of Bhutan.
Tarayana partnered with the National Environment Secretariat in implementing the National Adaptation Plan of Action – phase II, and piloted rainwater harvesting methodologies in 20 water stressed villages in four districts. It also included building local resilience and natural resource management capabilities of these communities. Tarayana also partnered with the Gross National Happiness Commission in implementing the Rural Economic Advancement Programme in 49 remote villages. Both these programmes are not only improving food and water security but also creating platforms and spaces wherein local communities are directly engaged in managing their immediate environmental issues.
In addition, Tarayana has built more community worksheds, renovated and repaired homes, initiated three School of Practical Sustainability units, activated and empowered more Self-Help Groups, sent deserving rural students to tertiary education, helped generate additional cash income for rural families through the micro and small enterprises promotion.
We believe Tarayana has much to share with others working in similar fields and has actively networked and nurtured partnerships. Senior Tarayana Field Officers were sent as trainers to our partner organizations in the neighbouring countries to help optimize capacity building on the one hand and to build up a cadre of excellent community mobilisers and trainers on the other. We could not have done all this without the goodwill and support of all our volunteers, community leaders, local governments, various developmental sectors of the Government and donors. I thank each and every one of you for your continued support.
The Tarayana Family commits to continue working hard towards achieving the goal of a happy and prosperous Bhutan.
Her Majesty The Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck