About Tarayana Foundation
Tarayana Foundation was founded by Her Majesty The Queen Mother Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck and formally launched on 4th May 2003, by His Majesty The King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, the then Crown Prince. Tarayana is a Civil Society Organization (a Public Benefit Organization), registered (Registration No. CSOA /PBO-08) with the Civil Society Organization Authority of Bhutan.
Tarayana Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors and advised & supported by an Executive Committee. The Board provides overall guidance at the strategic and leadership policy level, while the Executive Committee supports the Secretariat in implementing the activities approved by the Board. Currently, we have 33 dedicated staff including 13 field officers covering 20 Dzongkhags. The Secretariat plans, coordinates, monitors and rolls out all interventions through a network of programme and field officers.
Since its establishment, Tarayana sought to bridge the gaps between larger national initiatives and local grassroots requirements and focuses on working in remote, rural villages to bring about holistic community growth and development by serving vulnerable and disadvantaged communities. Tarayana Foundation with its focus on grassroots development lends itself well to serving the small and remote communities, one community at a time. The incremental cost of reaching the benefits of development is particularly challenging for remote and isolated communities and the Foundation has sought to overcome this via social mobilization and empowerment of local communities to take charge of development initiatives in their own localities.
As a CSO, Tarayana is mandated to work based on our strategic plans, support the government initiatives to achieve their and the Five Year Plan objectives as well as the national goal of Gross National Happiness and also contribute towards achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Stories of Rural Transformation
Latest News & Updates
Her Majesty Gyalyum Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck, the Founding President of the Tarayana Foundation, visited the ‘Living Landscape: Securing High Conservation Values’ project sites under Dogar
On 9th January 2023, Tarayana Foundation handed over 2,000 fire uniforms worth USD 4,00,000 to the De-Suung Head Office. The uniforms were donated by Fire and Rescue,
‘Rangi Buzhi; Rangi Norbu – Our Children; Our Wealth’ a campaign to address Ending Violence Against Children with the objective to raise awareness and influence