About Us


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 policy level, while the Executive Committee supports the Secretariat in implementing the activities approved by the Board. The Secretariat plans, coordinates, and rolls out all interventions through a network of programme and field officers.


 Tarayana focuses on working in remote, rural villages to bring about holistic community growth and development by serving vulnerable and disadvantaged communities. Since its establishment, Tarayana on sought to bridge the gaps between larger national initiatives and local grassroots requirements. 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 supports the government initiatives and the Five Year Plan objectives as well as the national goal of Gross National Happiness.


A Happy and Prosperous Bhutan


Tarayana Foundation believes in maximizing happiness and harmony among all Bhutanese people by providing opportunities for life improvement to the vulnerable communities in Bhutan. By helping these community members learn and integrate new skills, Tarayana Foundation promotes self-empowerment and the importance of serving each other.


Service from the Heart

Core Values

Compassion: We will be guided by the spirit of compassion from which the Foundation derives its name.

Dignity: We will act with dignity in our work and seek to respect the dignity of those we serve.

Integrity: We will follow the highest ethical standards.


Tarayana Strategic Plan (2022 -2027) is formulated considering the following factors;

  1. a) The local and global changing dynamics including the COVID-19 pandemic and its aftereffects
  2. b) Reassess the evolving needs of the communities we serve
  3. c) The global impact of climate change and the need to address it in an integrated and sustainable manner

The new strategic direction is proposed taking into consideration inclusiveness, sustainability, and shock-responsiveness to overcome the impact of the pandemic as well as the input of stakeholders, overall conceptual; framework, capacity strengthening approaches, and fundraising strategy. 

Board of Directors

Her Majesty Gyalyum Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck

Founder and President (Chairperson)

His Royal Highness Dasho Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck

President Bhutan Olympic Committee

Her Royal Highness Ashi Sonam Dechan Wangchuck

President Bhutan National Legal Institute & Jigme Singye Wangchuck School Of Law

HE Dzongsar Khyentse Norbu Rinpoche

Honorary Member

Dasho Karma Ura

President, Center for Bhutan Studies

Dasho Thinley W. Dorji

President, Bhutan Dragon’s Motorcycle Club CEO, Bhutan Tourism Corporation Ltd

Dasho Yanki T. Wangchuk

Former Secretary, Ministry of Finance

Aum Sangay Zam

Proprietor, Rinchen Enterprise

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