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07/28/2021
Join Us Live! Tiger Talks: Stories of Hope from Big Cat Conservationists in Bhutan

Let's talk about tigers! 🐅

Tomorrow on the #DragonSeries, we're going live with Dr. Tshering Tempa and Ms. Singye Wangmo of the Bhutan Tiger Center to talk about gender, human-wildlife conflict, and the future of tiger conservation in Bhutan!

Join us to hear directly from the experts and ask your questions in a #LIVE Q&A!

Watch live on Facebook, Youtube, or RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tiger-talks-stories-of-hope-from-big-cat-conservationists-in-bhutan-tickets-164546072733

In collaboration with the Ministry of Health, Royal Government of Bhutan, De-suung - Guardians of Peace, and technical s...
07/28/2021

In collaboration with the Ministry of Health, Royal Government of Bhutan, De-suung - Guardians of Peace, and technical support from Khesar Gyalpo University of Medical Sciences of Bhutan, we supported training for four groups of DeSuup volunteers on basic frontline health care. This training will prepare basic health care providers in each district to manage COVID-19 related cases more efficiently.

After the training, these De-Suup volunteers will be skilled in assisting healthcare workers in COVID isolation facilities. They will be prepared to help in a worst-case scenario from the pandemic.

The contents for the training include management of the deceased, administrating oxygen levels, infection prevention, and handling of COVID-19 positive patients, among other essential hands-on skills.

As of today, a total of 120 De-Suup volunteers from six districts are trained from this program.

De-Suung, which means “Guardians of Peace,” is a noble initiative of His Majesty The King to promote the spirit of volunteerism and the value of community service, integrity, and civic responsibility in society. The De-Suups will supplement existing health and security personnel working in various capacities across the country in combatting COVID-19.

Great news! Congratulations Bhutan on getting closer to herd immunity with the second dose of the COVID vaccine. Ministr...
07/27/2021
Against the odds, tiny Bhutan rolls out a second round of mass vaccinations.

Great news! Congratulations Bhutan on getting closer to herd immunity with the second dose of the COVID vaccine.

Ministry of Health, Royal Government of Bhutan U.S. Department of State Moderna, Inc.

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/27/world/against-the-odds-tiny-bhutan-rolls-out-a-second-round-of-mass-vaccinations.html?smtyp=cur&smid=tw-nytimesworld

By Monday, most adults in the remote Himalayan kingdom had been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, all through donated shots.

Congratulations to this year’s Bruce Bunting Scholarship recipients!Warmest congratulations to Ms. Tashi Dema and Mr. Bi...
07/24/2021

Congratulations to this year’s Bruce Bunting Scholarship recipients!

Warmest congratulations to Ms. Tashi Dema and Mr. Bikash Rai on receiving the 2021 Bruce Bunting Scholarship. Ms. Tashi will pursue a B.Sc. in Agriculture, and Mr. Bikash will pursue a B.Sc. in Animal Science at the College of Natural Resources (CNR), Royal University of Bhutan. Before this scholarship award, both Ms. Tashi and Mr. Bikash served as extension supervisors in the field offices under the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests.

The Bhutan Foundation initiated this scholarship program in 2020 to build local capacity in the environmental conservation and agricultural sector. Annually the scholarship program will support two in-service Bhutanese candidates working with the government and non-government organizations in Bhutan. The CNR is the premier tertiary education institution in agriculture and sustainable natural resources management in Bhutan.

To date, the Foundation has awarded scholarships to four candidates in total. We wish all of them the best in their degree courses and future endeavors!

Six staff of Wangdicholing General Hospital in Bumthang were trained for a week on “Infection Control and Waste Manageme...
07/23/2021

Six staff of Wangdicholing General Hospital in Bumthang were trained for a week on “Infection Control and Waste Management” in Gidakom Hospital in Thimphu.

The objective of the training was to assist the staff in knowing about the infection control and waste management protocols in Multi-Drug Resistance (MDRTB) TB and extremely Multi-Drug Resistance (XDR-TB) rooms and leprosy rooms. They also learned precautionary and preventive skills on hospital-acquired infections (HAIs), maintaining a clean environment, and understand the decontamination and sterilization process.

HAIs are the most frequent adverse event in the health care setting. Prolonged hospital stays, long-term disability, the resistance of microorganisms to antimicrobial, significant financial burdens, and death highlight the threat HAIs pose to the patient, their families, and the health care system.

This training will help in combating and preventing HAIs in Bumthang Hospital. Moreover, they were trained extensively on procedures to use horizontal autoclaves and sterilizing the surgical instrument, which will soon be available in Bumthang Hospital.

The Foundation supported the training and organized in collaboration with Bumthang Health Association and Wangdicholing Hospital.

"With travel restrictions and lockdowns imposed as COVID-19 containment measures, I was worried about the market to sell...
07/22/2021

"With travel restrictions and lockdowns imposed as COVID-19 containment measures, I was worried about the market to sell my farm produce," said Ms. Thinley Zangmo. A collaborative farmer working with Khengrig Namsum Cooperative-KNC, Ms. Zangmo supplied chili and onion in the local market as international borders remained closed due to the pandemic.

With limited knowledge of post-harvest techniques, farming has become more challenging for the farmers in Bhutan. However, with the support of the Foundation's Small Grants Program, Ms. Zangmo managed to harvest 10 tons of produce from her farmland, earning approximately Nu. 83,000. She was also happy to learn more about crop management, off-season cultivation, and simple farming techniques to reduce post-harvest loss of crops.

Under this support, the KNC based at Tingtibi under Zhemgang district distributed about 30,130 vegetable saplings to collaborative farmers in four Gewogs under Zhemgang. Within six months of project implementation, KNC bought about 20.9 tons of vegetables produced by 72 farmers, which translated to a total income of about Nu. 887,000.

The Bhutan Foundation, under the Small Grants Program, supported the KNC to enhance farmers' livelihoods through capacity building on post-harvest, relevant farming technology for off-season farm produce. It is initiated in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to strengthen the country's food security.

We are pleased to invite requests for funding proposals for the Small Grants Program from Civil Society Organizations (...
07/20/2021

We are pleased to invite requests for funding proposals for the Small Grants Program from Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and Community-based Organizations (CBO). We support projects up to USD 15,000.00.

The last date of submission of the project concept note is July 30th, 2021. Please visit https://bit.ly/3eDE2Qq for a detailed guideline on our small grants program and the concept note template.

We are pleased to invite requests for funding proposals for the Small Grants Program from Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and Community-based Organizations (CBO). We support projects up to USD 15,000.00.

The last date of submission of the project concept note is July 30th, 2021. Please visit https://bit.ly/3eDE2Qq for a detailed guideline on our small grants program and the concept note template.

Congratulations Ugyen Dorji!
07/18/2021

Congratulations Ugyen Dorji!

07/13/2021
Training on Universal Treatment Curriculum for Addiction Professionals

Congratulations to all thirteen participating counselors for completing their training last week! Their hard work has finally paid off with certifications in “Universal Treatment Curriculum for Addiction Professionals.” The participants in this training were local counselors from our partners at organizations like the Bhutan Institute of Wellbeing, Chithuen Phendhey Association, Bhutan Narcotics Control Authority, and Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital. The training included eight modules, such as Physiology and Pharmacology for Addiction Professionals and Treatment for Substance Use Disorders.

The content and methodology of the training series were designed to ensure that addiction practitioners develop a balanced perspective of the principles relating to both the science and art of treatment. Each course is intended to enhance the knowledge, skills, and competencies of treatment professionals, and promote evidence-based practices for the enhancement of service delivery and treatment outcomes.

The training was facilitated by Sonam Jamtsho, who is the only certified trainer recognized by Colombo Plan and Bhutan Narcotics Control Authority.

We wish all the counselors the best in their future endeavors!

Photos from U.S. Department of State's post
07/12/2021

Photos from U.S. Department of State's post

Photos from UNDP Bhutan's post
07/09/2021

Photos from UNDP Bhutan's post

Recently, a team of ten experts, architects, and researchers, led by the senior architect from the Department of Culture...
07/06/2021

Recently, a team of ten experts, architects, and researchers, led by the senior architect from the Department of Culture, traveled to Bumthang to carry out a site survey and inventory of the heritage sites in the district. The team surveyed 20 heritage sites—some even built as far back as the 7th century. Many of the sites visited are associated with ancient Buddhist masters and hold religious and cultural significance to the district and the country.

These visits are part of a program from the Department of Culture to develop a comprehensive inventory database system of heritage sites in Bhutan. The project, supported by the Bhutan Foundation and the US Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation, covers 54 selected sites in the Bumthang, Mongar, and Trashigang districts. Similar on-site documentation is scheduled to be carried out in the Mongar district in the coming months.

The Department plans to develop the Heritage Sites Database System as a sole digital system for maintenance and information references on the heritage sites through this fund. The local government officials and young aspiring professionals will also train in the documentation of heritage sites. This effort is to contribute to human resources development and instill responsibility for cultural heritage protection.

The Department of Culture under the Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs is the central agency that manages heritage sites.

We heartily congratulate our Advisory Council member Mr. Sonam Tobgay on being appointed as the Ambassador-designate of ...
07/05/2021

We heartily congratulate our Advisory Council member Mr. Sonam Tobgay on being appointed as the Ambassador-designate of Bhutan to Australia by His Majesty The King. We wish him all the best!

Tashi Delek!

We hope all of our supporters in the United States are having a great holiday weekend! Happy Independence Day from all o...
07/04/2021

We hope all of our supporters in the United States are having a great holiday weekend! Happy Independence Day from all of us at the Bhutan Foundation. #FourthofJuly #IndependenceDay

We hope all of our supporters in the United States are having a great holiday weekend! Happy Independence Day from all of us at the Bhutan Foundation. #FourthofJuly #IndependenceDay

In our second weekly #DidYouKnow series, we share about the re-establishment of the Bhutan Foundation in 2007 with full-...
07/03/2021

In our second weekly #DidYouKnow series, we share about the re-establishment of the Bhutan Foundation in 2007 with full-time staff, Board of Directors, and office in Thimphu and Washington DC.

You can read more about our programs at www.bhutanfound.org.

In our second weekly #DidYouKnow series, we share about the re-establishment of the Bhutan Foundation in 2007 with full-time staff, Board of Directors, and office in Thimphu and Washington DC.

You can read more about our programs at www.bhutanfound.org.

06/29/2021
Into Bhutan's Second Decade of Democracy: In Conversation with Chencho Lhamu

Next up in the #DragonSeries!

Join the Executive Director of the Bhutan Foundation in conversation with Dr. Chencho Lhamu, the Executive Director at the Bhutan Centre for Media and Democracy (BCMD), in a live discussion about what transitioning to a new system of government in the 21st century is really like. They'll dive into the realities on the ground and how BCMD's Project Mikhung (Project Citizenship) is helping to forge a new generation of active citizenry.

Join us on Facebook Live this Tuesday, June 29th at 11 am ET | 9 pm Bhutan!

Today, Her Majesty Gyalyum Ashi Tseyring Pem Wangchuck, the Co-Chair of the Bhutan Foundation, handed over health equipm...
06/29/2021

Today, Her Majesty Gyalyum Ashi Tseyring Pem Wangchuck, the Co-Chair of the Bhutan Foundation, handed over health equipment, medical transport vehicles, and PPE worth Nu. 19.55 million to the Ministry of Health, Royal Government of Bhutan

The donation includes an autoclave machine, 110 oxygen cylinders, a bio-decontamination machine, two medical trucks, and 17,368 N95 masks for medical use. The Foundation hopes this support will strengthen Bhutan's healthcare system in response to an increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the country.

This support is part of the $1 million in assistance USAID - US Agency for International Development provided to the Bhutan Foundation to strengthen Bhutan’s healthcare capacity for pandemic prevention, readiness, and response, and support microenterprises. The activity is helping Bhutan increase its diagnostic laboratory capabilities and clinical case management, providing virtual training for health care providers and lab personnel, and developing communications materials on COVID-19.

Check out our first post of the "Did You Know?" series! The weekly series will contain a snippet of information about ou...
06/24/2021

Check out our first post of the "Did You Know?" series! The weekly series will contain a snippet of information about our organization’s history and efforts in Bhutan.

Check out our first post of the "Did You Know?" series! The weekly series will contain a snippet of information about our organization’s history and efforts in Bhutan.

Are you Bhutanese and studying in the United States?Have you ever wanted to jump into groundbreaking work with expert t...
06/20/2021
DEVELOP

Are you Bhutanese and studying in the United States?
Have you ever wanted to jump into groundbreaking work with expert teams? Do you want to contribute to research that will make a real difference in Bhutan?

If you answered "yes" to these questions, you should consider applying for the Fall Cohort with NASA DEVELOP today! This is a great opportunity to work with leaders and fellow students on studies like elephant habitats in southern Bhutan or climate change impacts in the region. Students are taught methods and skills with state-of-the-art tools to get to the bottom of some of the biggest concerns in Bhutan right now.

Be sure to apply by the June 25th deadline!
APPLY HERE: https://develop.larc.nasa.gov/apply.php

Cultivating teamwork, multi-disciplinary solutions, and open communication to bridge the gap between science and society.

06/18/2021
Partner In Focus: Chuniding Food

Check out the latest in our #PartnerInFocus series where we feature Chuniding Food in Thimphu!

With its mission to preserve and promote the Bhutanese food culture, Chunding Food is a family-owned enterprise located in the capital city, Thimphu, with about a decade’s experience in the food and hospitality sector. Established in 2015 as a social enterprise, Chuniding Food is one of the few established and known processors of fruits and vegetables in Bhutan. Even more importantly, Chuniding incorporates all principles of the Royal Government of Bhutan’s policy to substitute imports, increase export, use local products and generate employment.

The Bhutan Foundation is working with Chuniding to scale up their production facility to help support local farmers and prevent surplus produce from going to waste. Watch the video to learn more about Chunding's work!

You can also find more information about them at http://chunidingfood.com/about/

This program was made possible with the generous support of the American people through the USAID - US Agency for International Development in partnership with the Bhutan Foundation.

Our team was deeply saddened to hear about the tragedy that occurred in Laya today following a landslide in the highland...
06/16/2021

Our team was deeply saddened to hear about the tragedy that occurred in Laya today following a landslide in the highlands. We stand with the rest of the country in offering our deepest condolences to all of the families of those lost and wishes of recovery to those who are in hospital.

“My team and I want to provide better food supply logistics so that local farmers will be able to sell fresh products di...
06/11/2021

“My team and I want to provide better food supply logistics so that local farmers will be able to sell fresh products directly from their farms,” says Ugyen Tshering from Your Food Basket.

“Your Food Basket” is a part of the Greener Lyfe Farm, located in Paro. The farm has about 3.6 acres of arable land and employs ten farmers. The main objective of this initiative is to create a direct logistics system that will bring produce from farm to plate using technology and innovation and a community-supported agriculture model. This food supply chain will provide locally available fresh organic produce to consumers at a more cost-effective rate while protecting the farmers.

In the first year of operation, they plan to start with a subscription service to provide 40 customers with home delivery of fresh vegetables twice a month. Subscribers will have access to an online platform to place their orders and can use the tech platform to trace the origin of their food sourced directly from the farmers in Tsento Gewog. As part of this project, Ugyen has placed orders for machinery such as freezers, dryers, reusable packaging, and other processing equipment. The team is excited to start packaging and selling their products within Thimphu and Paro once the order arrives in the next week!

This project is funded through the Loden Foundation-Bhutan Foundation Covid-19 Response Grants, with the generous support of the American people through the USAID - US Agency for International Development in partnership with the Bhutan Foundation.

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