The Tarayana Foundation received a generous donation from the Bhutan National Bank Limited

Posted on: May 22nd, 2017

Access to proper housing is a basic need and is pivotal to bringing about wellbeing and confidence to tackle the challenges of the fast-changing world around our rural communities. The process of graduating from a one room bamboo hut with banana leaves for roof to a decent home is beyond the reach of most of our families in some of the remote villages where Tarayana has become imperative to help facilitate the communities and provide some material support to get the process started. Many of the paper processes that are required to be completed are alien to the community members and much of facilitation is required. This is undertaken by the Field Officers who seek the support of the local governance mechanism to get the land demarcated the timber permits processed and the housing clearing sought.

The President/Founder of the Tarayana Foundation, Her Majesty the Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck, during her monitoring visit to Tarayana sites in Kengkhar gewog a year ago has committed to supporting Jurme village with housing improvement upon request from the Gup and Mangmi of Jurmee Gewog.

Bhutan National Bank Limited (BNBL) has come forth to support this initiative by sponsoring the construction of 30 new houses amounting to Nu. 2,250,000 for Jurme village. This contribution is part of the banks Corporate Social Responsibility as a way of giving back to the society through Tarayana Foundation.

BNB since 2016 has set aside 1% of its annual Profit After Tax for its CSR activities. BNB believes that its long-term success is directly linked to the success of its customers and the communities it serves. Through a combination of strategic relationships and investments in/with NGO’s, volunteer activities, medical donations and sporting federations, the bank is creating solutions that helps strengthen the communities in which BNB operates and grow local economies in the country. BNB as part of its CSR program donated approximately Nu. 10 million to various CSR activities undertaken in 2016.