Social Development Programme

Vulnerability Reduction

  • Housing Improvement: Housing is a basic necessity and a fundamental human right of a person. The Foundation’s main entry point is focused on providing the communities with proper shelter. The beneficiaries contribute to the housing improvements in way of labor.
  • Surgical Camps: Tarayana facilitates in organizing two surgical camps every year in collaboration with the Ministry of Health. The two surgical teams that offer their services to the destitute patients are Surgicorp International, U.S.A. in the month of April and Smile Asia in September. By May 2016, the initiative benefited total of 781 patients who underwent corrective surgeries.
  • Annual Pilgrimage for Senior Citizen: Every year eight senior citizens are chosen through lucky draw basis from Tarayana sites for pilgrim trip to Bodhgaya accompanied by two of our staff members. This programme was initiated in 2008 to commemorate the Coronation of His Majesty the Fifth Druk Gyalpo.
  • Social Inclusion Programme: Tarayana partners with Bussi-En Social Welfare Corporation, Japan, Disable Persons Organization, Draktsho Vocational Training Institute, Ability Bhutan Society and Disabled Person’s Association of Bhutan to plan out exercisable social inclusion strategies to better care for people living with different abilities. The baseline survey to better understand the situation of people living with different ability has been carried out in all the twenty districts and the statistical data analysis is underway.
  • Community Radio: The Foundation established the first ever community radio station in the country at Dechenpelri village in Sarpang on 3rd December 2015, followed by the second one in February 2016 at Dorokha village in Samtse. The community members own and operate the stations whereby they make use of the facility for information sharing, news announcements and entertainment purposes.


Scholarship and Learning Opportunities

  • Scholarship: Tarayana scholarship opportunities are primarily given to deserving students from rural communities to pursue their tertiary education. The Foundation partners with likeminded institutions in order to facilitate in providing scholarship for destitute students.
  • ECCD Center: 25 centers have been established in six different districts which has enrolled over 500 children. The children are taken care of by their respective facilitators. 33 female facilitators have been employed to look after the young toddlers while the parents attend to their daily chores.
  • Internship Programme: The Foundation makes sure the youths are provided with the opportunity to professionally better understand and gain field experience through the Tarayana internship programme.
  • Tarayana School Club: Initiated in 2004 to instill the spirit of volunteerism among the Bhutanese youth, Tarayana now has 90 active Tarayana school clubs with over 4000 members across the country.
  • Youth Led Initiatives: With the aim to provide leadership opportunities to youth living in rural and urban Bhutan, Tarayana facilitates in supporting different youth initiatives funded by UNICEF. This year-long project aims at encouraging youth to take up innovative community based actions promoting civic engagement and enhancement of individual skills.

Green technologies

  • Micro Hydro Rural Electrification : Dali village in Zhemgang remains off the national grid. The journey to the village is a six hour walk from the nearest road which is inaccessible during the monsoon season. Tarayana is piloting a micro hydro power project to create access to clean energy and to increase income generation of the community members. The project is expected be completed by June 2016.
  • Solar Dryers: Solar dryers allow the communities to draw income from agriculture products using improved techniques of food preservation. The dryers are fabricated solar dryer group of Dagana
  • Bio-sand water filtration: The bio-sand filter is a simple water treatment device, which consists of a concrete or a plastic container filled with specially selected and prepared sand and gravel.
  • Gravity goods rope way (pilot): The 980 meters long gravity goods ropeway that was installed links Chanju and Thrikka villages in Samtse. The community members utilize the ropeway to bring in home supplies, household items and also to export cardamom, their main source of income.
  • Fuel efficient eco-stoves: The Foundation encourages communities in rural Bhutan to use fuel efficient eco-stoves which emits less smoke and is eco-friendly.
  • Eco-san toilets: Eco-san toilets are designed to save fresh water by making use of a closed-loop system that converts human waste into nutrient-rich fertilizer. Tarayana launched a pilot project in Lotokuchu village in Samtse in 2011 and in the villages of Digala and Langdurbi in Zhemgang in 2012. This initiative has helped to improve the overall hygiene of the villages.
  • Organic farming: Tarayana promotes organic and natural farming methodologies in the sites. The community members are provided with training on different farming techniques as well as on vermin-composting processes.
  • Compressed Earth Block (CEB): The self-help group (SHG) in Dechenpelri, Sarpang owns the CEB unit. CEB is a building material made from damp soil compressed at high pressure. The CEB technology offers a cost-effective, environmentally sound masonry system.
  • Bio-gas: The project was initiated on a cost-sharing basis, where community members contributed labour while the materials were procured by the Foundation. Between the year 2013 and 2014, twenty household level biogas plants were installed in Kinzingling and  Ugyentse in Samtse Dzongkhag.
  •  Implementing partner for NAPA II: Tarayana Foundation is one of the implementing partners for the National Adaptation Plan of Action, a project aimed at developing climate resilient communities through development and installation of water harvesting technologies, storage and source protection. The Foundation is currently implementing this project in 20 villages across four dzongkhags