We are happy to bring you Tarayana Foundation’s progress report for the year 2019, a summary of the initiatives on the ground, both through programmes and projects, directly benefiting thousands of rural families, by improving their lives and livelihoods.
The flagship Housing Improvement Programme supported throughvarious projects and individual donors, have helped provide more than 500 rural families with new homes. I would like to acknowledge the partnership with the American Himalayan Foundation, which continues to be our single largest housing project partner to date, and appreciate their commitment to support many more families in 2020. The holistic aspect of Tarayana’s interventions continue to yield the much needed synergies in addressing poverty, build local capacities through both life as well as income earning skills.
The partnership with SAARC Development Fund enabled Tarayana to organize better coordination between rural cane and bamboo artisans, enhance their skills and plan raw material management. TSHAR Brilliant Bhutan Bamboo, a brand created in 2019, has already several promising designs in baskets as well as other everyday products. The construction of the Community Facilitation Centre in Kalapang, Mongar was postponed as the site was required for a priority national initiative. Paperwork is being completed for the replacement site in Yangbari, some 40 kilometers downstream.
We thank the team from Oliver Wyman who continue to help the Tarayana MicroFinance (TMF) team not only get launch ready but also during the pilot phase. TMF was launched on the eve of the 40th Birth Anniversary of His Majesty The Druk Gyalpo King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, to commemorate the special occasion and to contribute towards the noble vision of financial inclusion.
I take this opportunity to thank all our partners, supporters, volunteers, community leaders and members, local government, donors and various development sectors of the Royal Government. The achievements of the Foundation would not have been possible without your goodwill and continued support.