Tarayana Foun­da­tion un­der­takes sev­eral pro­grams to re­duce vul­ner­a­bil­i­ties in ru­ral Bhutan

Bhutan Times - - Front Page - Sonam Pen­jor

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)

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