Tarayana School Clubs
In the year 2003, the teachers who graduated from Paro College of Education and Samtse College of Education started Tarayana School Clubs with the hope to promote one of the objectives of the Foundation, “The spirit of volunteerism” through meaningful social services in the communities.
The Foundation provides Tarayana T-shirts, badges, handbooks and a sum of Ngultrum ten thousand as seed money to start these school clubs. As of August 2015, there are 4537 active members in 90 schools ranging from primary schools to colleges in the country. A work plan is submitted to the Foundation once the club is formed. The activities these clubs implement are very innovative and focused to help the needy ones in their vicinity. The Programme Manager in the office monitors the clubs based on their work plan. These clubs provide the social work platform for our young volunteers who learn the importance of service and the art of giving. These are powerful opportunities of personal growth and development wherein the young volunteers are learning to make the connection between happiness and service.
Some of the activities carried out by the clubs are featured below:
The Tarayana School Club members from Jakar HSS, Bumthang rendered their services to Kharchu Dratshang on the 5th of May. The club members carried out social work and the cleaning campaign prior to the visit of Ralung Tshetruel Rinpoche.
The Tarayana School Club Members from Taraythang Community Primary School in Sarpang carried out a cleaning campaign on the 16th of May, 2015. The cleaning took place in and around the villages and included a survey to identify vulnerable individuals in the community. The Gewog Administrative Officer, Health Assistants, Tshogpas and other community members also joined the cleaning crew and marked the day by creatingawareness on the importance of cleanliness. The dedicated participants trudged cheerfully through the wilderness in the hot sun cleaning and spreading awareness.
On the 17th of May, the Tarayana School Club members from Chimong Primary School in Pema Gatshel Dzongkhag participated in white washing all the Stupas in the school and in Chimong village.
On 24th May 2015, the YHSS Tarayana members were accompanied by two clubs (UNESCO and Y-VIA) from their school for a cleaning campaign at Semtokha Dzong. All the members started out with picking up papers and plastics in and around the Dzong followed by gardening and cutting grasses.
Helping senior citizens
On the 3rd of May, 2015 the Tarayana Club Members from Kheni Lower Secondary School along with other volunteers rendered help to a destitute family of Panthang village in Toetsho Gewog in Trashiyangtse Dzongkhag. The young club members helped the two very old grandparents Memey Nado and Abi Maling, with their house hold chores and field work which included ploughing and sowing maize seeds. The Tarayana Club members from Kheni LSS were overwhelmed with joy and satisfied when they observed the old couple smile.
As the saying goes ‘A tiny good deed can go a long way’. We applaud and acknowledge your commitment and hard works towards helping the vulnerable. Please continue to make a difference and inspire others.
Similarly, the club members from Yangchenphu Higher Secondary School (25 students and 5 teachers) helped an old man and one old lay nun, both in their 90s, clean their dwellings and the immediate surroundings, washed their clothes and dishes and tidied their beds. While both them have nieces and nephews, they do not have children of their own. They have spent the better part of their lives in the capital city taking on odd jobs till they could. Both are under beneficiaries of His Majesty’s The King’s Kidu programme and receive monthly stipends. The couple appreciated the help from the club members.
Annual Visit to camp
Every year the Tarayana School Club members from Yanchenphug Higher Secondary School (YHSS) visit Ramtokto Road Camp located on the outskirts of Thimphu. On the 26th of April, 2015 the Club members visited those living in the labour camp and distributed clothes, shoes, accessories and books. The members as part of the National Reading Year had reading sessions where the YHSS Club members read to the children. The Club members are grateful to all their donors (their teachers and students) for their kindness and for the overwhelming experience.