Phase II of REAP signed
The Rural Economy Advancement Programme (REAP) phase II contract agreement was signed between Tarayana Foundation and the Gross National Happiness Commission Secretariat (GNHC) on the 8th of January,2015 in Thimphu.
REAP is a programme developed by the RGoB to target the extremely vulnerable and poverty afflicted villages that may not be adequately addressed through broadbased development programmes. This programme is funded by the Government of India (GoI). In the 10th FYP, GNHC implemented the programme (REAP I) in 10 villages as a pilot, of which Tarayana implemented the same in two villages of PamChaibi in Monggar and Lamthang in Zhemgang. For the 11th FYP, GNHC has identified 75 villages with high poverty incidences for up scaling of this targeted intervention approach. Considering Tarayana’s experience in rural development and poverty alleviation interventions, and based on the evaluation of the REAP I, Tarayana Foundation has been identified as a partner to the government in implementing the REAP II. The Foundation will implement this programme in 41 villages, 11 Dzongkhags out of the 75 villages identified.
Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay with four Sherubtse College students after Meet the Press session on Friday last. These students are interning with BBS and are doing a good job. Many students throughout Bhutan are spending their winter vacations working to earn some money for the coming academic year.