Tarayana Foundation undertakes several programs to reduce vulnerabilities in rural Bhutan
In the past twelve years, under the Her Majesty the Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck, the founder and the President of the Tarayana Foundation, the foundation has undertaken several programs to reduce vulnerabilities of communities living in rural Bhutan.
According to the annual report 2014 of Tarayana Foundation the initiatives taken by the foundation includes hous- ing for the destitute and low income families, support for the elderly and young children, health camps that take care of minor health issues and provide corrective surgeries for cleft lips and cleft palates, burns, including animal injuries.
It also states that a successful food and nutrition security programme is also underway in remote
districts of Bhutan where wasting and stunting is prevalent.
For the housing improving, the report states that during the year, a total of 93 new houses were completed following the Rukha Model. The housing improvement programme at Kengkhar gewog under Mongar Dzongkhag was initiated from June 2011 to December 2014 which was funded by Helvetas Swiss Inter cooperation.
The foundation has completed the construction of all the 172 houses committed by using local carpentry, masonry skills and locally available materials.
Similarly in Wama village of Silambi gewog under the same Dzongkhag, the commitment to build 11 new houses have been completed, states the report.
Likewise in the two villages of Ngawang Ramtey and Namgyal Taba under Tading gewog under Samtse Dzongkhag, the foundation have committed to building 189 new houses, according to the annual report.
Besides that, 25 houses were completed in Jangbi and 21 in Wangling under Trongsa Dzongkhag. Out of 22 houses com- mitted in Phumzur, eight houses were completed and 14 are under construction.
Total of 31 houses have been completed out of the 42 committed under Lamthang village, Goshing gewog under Zhemgang Dzongkhag. The report state that as of December 2014, a total of 829 families moved into proper housing through this programme which includes 650 new houses and 179 improved houses.
Besides that, the foundation have provided with corrective surgeries to a total of 134 patients in 2014 who received corrective surgeries from two camps facilitated by foundation in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, one camp with Surgicorps International held in April and the second one with operation Smile (Smile Asia), Singapore in September.
Moreover, the foundation has also initiated the annual pilgrimage to Bodhgaya for the elderly from the remote villages to commemorate the coronation of His Majesty the Druk Gyalpo, according to the report.
The report further stated that, the foundation has completed a survey in the 15 Gewogs of Samtse to better understand the situation of people living with disabilities.
The foundation has also created awareness on women’s rights in the areas of equal health, education, and livelihood opportunities.
Meanwhile, the foundation has also undertaken various activities and committed to investing in the future Bhutan to support our young Bhutanese in furthering their education. Among the scholarship recipient, 99 percent of the scholarship recipients are girls, states the report.
Rural Economy Advancement Programme (REAP II): 16 new housing improvement project initiated by the Foundation under Mongar Dzongkhag (Picture Courtesy: Tarayana Foundation)