A happy and prosperous Bhutan


To Help the Vulnerable and the disadvantaged help themselve


Service from the Heart

Core Values

Compassion, Dignity, and Integrity

President's Message

The past year has been very challenging yet it has shaped a lot of new prospects for the people of Bhutan. As the pandemic surfaced and adversely affected numerous lives around the globe, resilience of Bhutanese were demonstrated in being able to come together, supporting one another and finding alternate means of livelihoods mainly in agriculture and food production. Though devastating and daunting at times, the pandemic allowed the spirit of volunteerism to come through and motivated people to make the best of the situation.

About Us

Tarayana Foundation was founded by Her Majesty The Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck and formally launched on 4th May 2003,by His Majesty Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, the then Crown Prince of Bhutan. We are a Public Benefit Organization, registered with the Civil Society Organization Authority of Bhutan.

Who we are

Tarayana is supported and advised by the Board of Directors & 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 manages and implements the programmes with a network of Programme and Field Officers.

Facts and Figure


Improved houses


Green Technologies


School Clubs


Total Beneficiaries

Success Stories

Jigme Dendup (Teacher, Jigme Sherubling Central School, Khaling Trashigang) Tarayana Club Coordinator's Testimonial

Furthermore, during club hours, we discuss issues like climate change, waste management, youth-related issues, and responsibilities of youth in society, and generally, we engage in origami activities. Furthermore, during the annual club exhibition, we display things prepared from waste to make people aware of the increasing waste problems and management issues, emphasizing the 3Rs (reduce, recycle, and reuse) and transforming waste into different decorative things


Pema Wangmo and Her Dream

"My little Dzongkha, which I learned from my Non-Formal Education (NFE) classes and with the help from Tarayana Foundation, I see my dream is not too far away," 



The Man who walked for the water

There are certain parts about rural life in Kengkhar that can make a person wish they lived there forever. The warm sunshine. Wake up calls from the rooster. Basket weaving in the afternoon. The singing and dancing.



Bhutanese women do it all – they work in the fields and bear and rear children. They soothe, cuddle and serve the entire family while keeping the fire burning in the hearth at home. They even pursue their passions and contribute to the monthly income of the family. Forty-two-year-old Pema Lhadon is one such woman


Cashing in on TRASH

Ugyen Choden’s story is like no other.From a nondescript rural setting in Trashigang, her journey to Thimphu has been nothing short of re-markable. The financial instability at home forced her to discontinue her studies while she was still studying in Class VIII. She was barely 17 when she tied the knot. By the time she turned 20, she had become a mother to a baby girl.


From boys to man

They say every picture tells a story – but sometimes the picture can’t quite tell the whole story, even if it wanted to. Dorji is one such picture. He spends his winter vacations helping his parents. He helped them construct their house. Dorji is from Wangling village under Langthil Gewog in Trongsa, which is Tarayana’s Rural Economy Advancement Programme implementing site


Our Partners

  • WWF

  • World Bank


  • ADB

  • NEC

  • NCWC

  • CST

  • Bhutan Foundation

  • Asian University for Women

  • Bhutan Philanthropy Ventures

  • GNHC

  • GoI

  • Helvetas bhutan

  • My Bhutan


  • Practical action

  • The Regents International School Bangkok

  • IDRC

  • BMU

  • IKI

News and Articles

The Launch of TSHAR Bamboo Construction Materials at the 11th Bhutan Construction and Wood Expo 2022

The Launch of TSHAR Bamboo Construction Materials at the 11th Bhutan Construction and Wood Expo 2022

Monitoring Visit

The Founding President, Her Majesty The Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck’s monitoring visit to Dagana and Tsirang Districts

BKIND celebrates International Women' Day

BKIND celebrates International Women' Day with the announcement of scholarships to two inspiring Bhutanese women who have been awarded PhD candidates in Climate Studies at CNR. The BKIND project is hosted by the Tarayana Foundation's Centre for Social Research and Development, and funded by IDRC, the Government of Canada.

Launched: Knowledge for Indigenous Development (B-KIND)

Tarayana Centre for Social Research and Development launched Bhutanese Knowledge for Indigenous Development (B-KIND) Programme on 17th August 2021. The B-KIND programme focuses on adaptation of climate change, sustainable organic agriculture, holistic food systems, indigenous knowledge and gender transformative change.

113th National Day

On the joyous occasion of the 113th National Day of Bhutan, the Tarayana family joins the nation in humbly offering our heartfelt gratitude and prayers for the wellbeing of His Majesty The Druk Gyalpo Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck.

Contact Us

Our Address

Tarayana Center, Chubachu, Thimphu
P.O. Box 2003

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+975 2 329-333

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