A happy and prosperous Bhutan


To Help the Vulnerable and the disadvantaged help themselve


Service from the Heart

Core Values

Compassion, Dignity, and Integrity

President's Message

The past year has been very challenging yet it has shaped a lot of new prospects for the people of Bhutan. As the pandemic surfaced and adversely affected numerous lives around the globe, resilience of Bhutanese were demonstrated in being able to come together, supporting one another and finding alternate means of livelihoods mainly in agriculture and food production. Though devastating and daunting at times, the pandemic allowed the spirit of volunteerism to come through and motivated people to make the best of the situation.

About Us

Tarayana Foundation was founded by Her Majesty The Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck and formally launched on 4th May 2003,by His Majesty Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, the then Crown Prince of Bhutan. We are a Public Benefit Organization, registered with the Civil Society Organization Authority of Bhutan.

Who we are

Tarayana is supported and advised by the Board of Directors & an Executive Committee. The Board provides overall guidance at the policy level, while the Executive Committee supports the Secretariat in implementing the activities approved by the Board. The Secretariat manages and implements the programmes with a network of Programme and Field Officers.

Facts and Figure


Improved houses


Green Technologies


School Clubs


Total Beneficiaries

Success Stories

"From Home Cook to Champion: The Inspirational Testimony of Mr. Passang"

"Returning to my village, I will not only be mindful about what I cook for my family, but I will also advise my neighbours and other relatives about the importance of consuming nutritious food. I know they would believe me because I came all the way to Thimphu and have proven that I am good at cooking"


Empowering Communities through Tarayana Club: A Coordinator's Testimony

Furthermore, during club hours, we discuss issues like climate change, waste management, youth-related issues, and responsibilities of youth in society, and generally, we engage in origami activities. Furthermore, during the annual club exhibition, we display things prepared from waste to make people aware of the increasing waste problems and management issues, emphasizing the 3Rs (reduce, recycle, and reuse) and transforming waste into different decorative things


From Novice to Knowledgeable: A Testimony of Growth and Learning as an Intern with the Foundation

I am Dorji Drakpa, currently pursuing B.Sc Sustainable Development at the College of Natural Resources, Lobesa, Punakha.


Pema Wangmo and Her Dream

"My little Dzongkha, which I learned from my Non-Formal Education (NFE) classes and with the help from Tarayana Foundation, I see my dream is not too far away."


The Man who walked for the water

There are certain parts about rural life in Kengkhar that can make a person wish they lived there forever. The warm sunshine. Wake up calls from the rooster. Basket weaving in the afternoon. The singing and dancing.



Bhutanese women do it all – they work in the fields and bear and rear children. They soothe, cuddle and serve the entire family while keeping the fire burning in the hearth at home. They even pursue their passions and contribute to the monthly income of the family. Forty-two-year-old Pema Lhadon is one such woman


Our Partners

  • WWF

  • World Bank


  • ADB

  • NEC

  • NCWC

  • CST

  • Bhutan Foundation

  • Asian University for Women

  • Bhutan Philanthropy Ventures

  • GNHC

  • GoI

  • Helvetas bhutan

  • My Bhutan


  • Practical action

  • The Regents International School Bangkok

  • IDRC

  • BMU

  • IKI

News and Articles

Cooking Competition

The Final round of the Cooking Competition under the World Food Programme funded project "Nutrition & health advocacy to help rural and vulnerable population groups eat & stay healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic & beyond," in partnership with was held on 28th February 2023 at the Bhutan Institute of Tourism and Hospitality, Thimphu. The block level winners of the competition of the targeted districts, Trongsa, Zhemgang, Lhuntse, and Tsirang, came for the final round.

Monitoring Visit to Tading, Samtse

“This project has helped women in the village to reduce drudgery and time as it would usually take one to two hours to grind about five kilograms of maize, but with the grinding machine, it takes only a few minutes.”

End Violence Against Children (EVAC) Campaign funded by UNICEF in partner with NCWC

‘Rangi Buzhi; Rangi Norbu - Our Children; Our Wealth’ a campaign to address Ending Violence Against Children with the objective to raise awareness and influence service seeking behaviours among children, parents, and caregivers on preventing violence and promoting mental wellbeing, was carried out from July 2022 to January 2023

Cooking Competition

“Although I didn't win the competition, I gained lots of knowledge about nutrition and hygiene. After the competition, I am more mindful regarding the nutrition in the food when I cook at home”.

Donation of FireFighter Uniforms to the Desuung Office

On 9th January 2023, Tarayana Foundation handed over 2,000 fire uniforms worth USD 4,00,000 to the De-Suung Head Office.

Annual Review Meeting

A week long Annual Review of the Foundation took place from 3rd till 8th January 2023 at the Tarayana Centre.

Contact Us

Our Address

Tarayana Center, Chubachu, Thimphu
P.O. Box 2003

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Call Us

+975 2 329-333

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