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The community of Ngawang Dramtoe, Samtse has a long history of dietary and nutritional issues. They generally do not hav...
05/03/2021

The community of Ngawang Dramtoe, Samtse has a long history of dietary and nutritional issues. They generally do not have the practice of incorporating vegetables in their diet, nor do they have any knowledge on the importance of a balanced diet for good health. The Tarayana Foundation Field Officer, Ms. Thinley Bidha reported that families in this community mostly eat rice with chili and oil. Due to their unhealthy diet, the rate of tuberculosis within this community remains high and they are at a risk for multiple health issues.

The Bhutan Foundation USAID - US Agency for International Development ESF project addresses the issue of malnourishment by introducing new varieties of nutrient-rich vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, beans, etc. Some of the vegetables are foreign to the community members, so they did not even know how to prepare them. To help improve their dietary practice, the Tarayana Field Officer has been conducting cooking classes and teaching them various processing methods. All 49 households in Ngawang Dramtoe now have their own kitchen garden and have received one on one preparation techniques and instructions.

The whole purpose of food self-sufficiency will be defeated if local communities are not aware of the need to enhance their own nutrition and overall health. This is an important aspect in making communities sustainable and the country self-sufficient. This project is a big success, not only for growing and generating income through the sale of crops but also for improving dietary behavior and the overall health of the community. This is truly a transformation!

We offer our tribute and prayers on the Birth Anniversary of His Late Majesty the Third Druk Gyalpo and wish all our tea...
05/02/2021

We offer our tribute and prayers on the Birth Anniversary of His Late Majesty the Third Druk Gyalpo and wish all our teachers a Happy Teacher's Day!

His Majesty King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, the Third Druk Gyalpo of Bhutan, with Her Majesty Queen Kesang Choeden Wangchuck, the Royal Grandmother, and three of Their Majesties’ Royal Children: His Majesty King Jigme Singye Wangchuck (centre), Her Royal Highness Princess Sonam Choden Wangchuck (L) and Her Royal Highness Princess Dechen Wangmo Wangchuck (R), at the Paro Dzong, in 1958.

Bhutan commemorates May 2nd, the Birth Anniversary of His Majesty the Third Druk Gyalpo, as teacher’s day, as tribute to a great King who was the father of modern Bhutan, and in recognition of the important role that teachers play in our society.

On this day, we join the people of Bhutan in offering prayers in memory of His Late Majesty, and wishing all our teachers.

Congratulations to Ugyen Tshering of Greener Lyfe Farm! We wish him all the best in his new venture 'Your Food Basket’ -...
04/30/2021

Congratulations to Ugyen Tshering of Greener Lyfe Farm! We wish him all the best in his new venture 'Your Food Basket’ - a direct logistic system that will bring fresh, organic produce from farm to plate using technology and innovation and a community-supported agriculture model.

After completing his studies, Ugyen Tshering wanted to start an enterprise that was both meaningful and lucrative. He founded Greener Lyfe Farm in 2019 to start farming in an innovative way. However, before he could even start, the Covid-19 pandemic struck and he could not launch. With funding support from the Loden-Bhutan Foundation Covid-19 Response Grants, and as part of Greener Lyfe Farm , Ugyen will start ‘Your Food Basket’ - a direct logistic system that will bring fresh, organic produce from farm to plate using technology and innovation and a community supported agriculture model. He aims to create a food supply chain that protects the farmers.

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

We've been busy the past week distributing improved tents to the highlanders in Bumthang and Lingzhi. These improved ten...
04/28/2021

We've been busy the past week distributing improved tents to the highlanders in Bumthang and Lingzhi. These improved tents to replace the flimsy and large plastic tarps which herders used for shelter. The new, improved tents have larger space, improved durability, and better insulation for colder weather while reducing risks from smoke inhalation. The metal frames are easier to set up and dismantle and are also portable and durable while shifting between pastures. Alongside being an improvement for the local communities, the durable iron poles will also significantly reduce the cutting of trees, which are scarce at higher altitudes, helping to lessen human impact on the environment.

This program is an extension of the initiative to provide improved tents to Soe and Yaksa in 2018 as part of the Snow Leopard Conservation Program. About 49 herders from Lingzhi Gewog have registered with the newly formed Snow Leopard Conservation Group. On April 23rd, 2021, the Foundation handed over 20 improved tents to the Lingzhi Snow Leopard Community members in partnership with the Jigme Dorji National Park (JDNP). This was supported in collaboration with GEF Small Grants Programme in Bhutan (UNDP Bhutan).

There are now 87 registered members with three different Snow Leopard Conservation Groups in the Jomolhari region. Further, to improve the livelihoods of the highlanders, the Foundation also supported 20 tents for the Bumthang highlanders in partnership with the Dzongkhag Administration. During the handing-over event, the livestock official from Soe also demonstrated how to install and dismantle the new tents.

In 2018, the Foundation supported 24 tents for Soe and 14 tents for Yaksa Snow Leopard Conservation group members. Improving the community's livelihoods to garner collective efforts and active participation in Snow Leopard Conservation Program in the Jomolhari region has played a crucial role in the conservation program. One of the program's tangible benefits is the tolerance of the community to the predation of their livestock by the snow leopard. We recognize this relationship as an essential factor to maintain community support and incentivize yak herders by improving their living conditions.

To read more about the Snow Leopard Conservation program, visit https://www.bhutanfound.org/our_work/snow-leopard-conservation/

Periodic refresher training for healthcare providers is crucial to improve the survival rate for cardiac patients. In th...
04/27/2021

Periodic refresher training for healthcare providers is crucial to improve the survival rate for cardiac patients. In this regard, the Eastern Regional Referral Hospital in Mongar, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, Royal Government of Bhutan, conducted a Basic Life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life Support training for both adults and pediatric health care providers in Mongar. The two-day training for medical doctors and nurses provides both theory and practical knowledge, including a written examination at the end of the course. A total of 66 healthcare providers took the training this year so far.

The same training design was in the works to be replicated in Trashigang District from April 19th to April 22nd. However, the program is on hold due to the recent lockdown in the southern borders. Once the training program resumes, the intention is to cover all health facilities in Eastern districts, which should benefit around 120 medical doctors nurses in the region.

Congratulations to Kinley Mo of Kinleymo Horticulture! We wish her success in scaling up her business to increase locall...
04/26/2021

Congratulations to Kinley Mo of Kinleymo Horticulture! We wish her success in scaling up her business to increase locally grown organic vegetables.

Kinley Mo is a single mother of two and comes from a generation of farmers. She has been in agribusiness for over 20 years. Through the Loden-Bhutan Foundation Covid-19 Response Grants, Kinley Mo will scale up her business by fencing her farm to minimise damage caused by wildlife. By increasing her output of locally grown organic vegetables, Kinley Mo hopes to reduce the dependency on imported vegetables.

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

04/22/2021
Happy Earth Day!

Happy #EarthDay everyone! This year, the world is coming together to celebrate our planet and consider new and innovative ways to #RestoreOurEarth's ecosystems. We invite you to check out our website to learn more about the Bhutan Foundation's environmental programs!

Donate today to help celebrate #EarthDay and make an impact on protecting the environment!

https://www.bhutanfound.org/donate/donate-to-environmental-conservation/
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Congratulations to Sonam and his friends of the Rural-Youth In Contract Farming! Sonam and his friends plan to set up gr...
04/21/2021

Congratulations to Sonam and his friends of the Rural-Youth In Contract Farming! Sonam and his friends plan to set up greenhouses to grow vegetables. We wish them all the success in creating a steady supply of vegetables throughout the year.

Sonam Tshering, 29, is part of the new generation of educated youths who are taking up farming as a career. Sonam and his friends started the Rural-Youth in Contract Farming, in 2018 to take up large scale farming in Silambi, Mongar. At present, he works with more than 50 contract farmers and had been growing only cereal crops. However, when the Covid-19 pandemic struck Bhutan and vegetable prices skyrocketed due to supply shortages, Sonam realized that he and his friends needed to do their part to help the nation and decided to supply vegetables as well. With funding support from the Loden-Bhutan Foundation Covid-19 Response Grants, Sonam will set up green houses to grow vegetables with which he can then create a steady supply of vegetables throughout the year.

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

Congratulations to Thinley Namgay of Druk Metho. We wish him success in his work to enhance and rebrand his products, an...
04/20/2021

Congratulations to Thinley Namgay of Druk Metho. We wish him success in his work to enhance and rebrand his products, and improve logistics and packaging to export Bhutanese agricultural products!

Thinley Namgay started Druk Metho, a social enterprise that produces agricultural products. Using raw materials purchased from rural farming communities, he creates products to be sold both within and outside Bhutan. When Bhutan sealed its borders to prevent the spread of Covid-19, Druk Metho’s sales plummeted as tourists were the main buyers of his products. He is now looking to widen his reach in the international market and has connected with a retailer in Australia. With funding support from the Loden-Bhutan Foundation Covid-19 Response Grants, Thinley will enhance and rebrand his products, and improve logistics and packaging to export Bhutanese agricultural products to Australia. With the profits, Thinley will increase the range of products for export, as well as create more affordable products for the local market.

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

Bhutan's COVID-19 response has been a model for the international community from start to finish and, over the past few ...
04/19/2021
Bhutan sat on coronavirus vaccines for months, awaiting auspicious rollout date — then delivered shots to 93% of adults in two weeks

Bhutan's COVID-19 response has been a model for the international community from start to finish and, over the past few weeks, we've seen that success very clearly in the sheer volume and speed that the country's eligible population was vaccinated. In less than two weeks, more than 93 percent of citizens over the age of 18 had their first dose!

We encourage you to take a moment and read this article in the Washington Post. It details the compassionate leadership of His Majesty, the decisive response from Bhutan's healthcare professional-led government, and the harmonious combination of spiritualism and science-based preparation that helped make Bhutan one of the most successful cases of pandemic management to date.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/04/14/bhutan-vaccines/

Despite receiving a supply of vaccines in January, the small Himalayan kingdom didn’t begin immunizing its population until March 27, a date that was selected through astrological consultations with Buddhist monks.

Congratulations to Kamana Gurung, the owner of P. K Organic Farming, Bhur Sarpang! We wish her all the success in settin...
04/16/2021

Congratulations to Kamana Gurung, the owner of P. K Organic Farming, Bhur Sarpang! We wish her all the success in setting up her food processing plant to preserve the seasonal excess vegetables.

Kamana Gurung is the proud owner of P. K Organic Farming, Bhur Sarpang, which is named after her son. P.K Organic Farm is one of the leading organic farms in Sarpang, and has been supplying vegetables to many other dzongkhags. As a result of challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, Kamana realised the need to re-strategize for the future. With support from the Loden-Bhutan Foundation Covid-19 Response Grants, she plans to set up a processing plant to preserve the seasonal excess vegetables and supply vegetables throughout the year. The processing service will be provided to all farmers in Sarpang and will bring about tremendous savings for them.

“My life is my field, my love is my field. I got this inspiration from my parents whose whole life is devoted to the field of agriculture. I take care of my crops like my child.”
- Kamana Gurung

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

04/16/2021

For the first subject in our #PartnerInFocus series, we’re featuring one of our local partners, Khengrig Namsum Cooperative-KNC (KNC), out of Tingtibi, Zhemgang!

KNC is a local farming co-op engaging a diverse group of members, from unemployed youths to about 230 farmers from 82 households. Amid the pandemic, the team is gearing up to increase production to supplement vegetable shortages in their community.

Khengrig Namsum Cooperative is one of the Bhutan Foundation’s Small Grants program beneficiaries. You can learn more about their work and Small Grants in Bhutan by clicking this link: https://www.bhutanfound.org/our_work/small-grants-program/

Congratulations to Kinley Wangchuk of Azha Pasa! We look forward to a robust digital platform to ensure effective linkag...
04/15/2021

Congratulations to Kinley Wangchuk of Azha Pasa! We look forward to a robust digital platform to ensure effective linkages between producers and consumers to reduce the waste of valuable agricultural produce!

Kinley Wangchuk, popularly known as Ganchu, started his career as an engineer. At 27, he resigned from a government job to start his own business. Today he runs multiple businesses, one of which is Azha Pasa – an online platform that provides services such as vegetable delivery, waste collection, etc. Through the Loden-Bhutan Foundation Covid-19 Response Grants, Kinley will develop a robust data/digital platform that can help farmers understand the real-time market availability, demand of specific crops and food items, and create linkages for both farmers and markets. Such a system will ensure effective linkages between producers and consumers and reduce waste of valuable agriculture produce. Kinley’s team will build both an app and an online web version of the platform.

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

One of our partners, the Bhutan Ecological Society (BES), launched the Million Trees Project yesterday in Kabisa, Thimph...
04/14/2021

One of our partners, the Bhutan Ecological Society (BES), launched the Million Trees Project yesterday in Kabisa, Thimphu. The event was graced by Her Royal Highness Ashi Chimi Yangzom Wangchuck, the Royal Patron of BES, and Lyonpo Yeshey Penjor, the Minister for Agriculture and Forests.

To be implemented over the next five years, the project aims to plant an average of 200 to 300 trees per acre and will ultimately nurture over one million high-value tree crops across Bhutan. These trees are specifically chosen for their capability to generate annual and long-term income for rural farmers by producing fruit and other materials as they mature. The project will also significantly add to biodiversity and help buffer the impacts of climate change.

Today, in collaboration with local government officials, around 200 fruit trees were distributed in Kabisa, Thimphu. Another 3,000 trees were distributed in Zhemgang, Tsirang, and Trongsa as a part of the launch.

The Bhutan Foundation is happy to support the Million Trees project! We look forward to seeing the saplings grow strong into the future!

04/13/2021
Humanizing Climate Change

Happening Now!

“Humanizing Climate Change: People, Planet and Prosperity” organized by Global Shapers Thimphu Hub.

One of our partners, the Tarayana Foundation, aims to build a sustainable and resilient future and promote organic and e...
04/10/2021

One of our partners, the Tarayana Foundation, aims to build a sustainable and resilient future and promote organic and environmentally friendly practices in all its project activities. With the Bhutan Foundation's project support, the Tarayana Foundation implemented organic mulching in Ngawang Dramtoe Village in Samtse and Dechen Pelri Village in Sarpang.

Beyond moderating soil temperature and retaining moisture, organic mulching, a process where dry leaves are used to cover soil instead of more commonly used plastic sheets, fertilizes soil when it breaks down and turns into manure. Replacing the dried leaves must be repeated three times in a season as the first batch decomposes in a month or less, making room for more fertilizer.

While this method is labor-intensive and unsuitable for specific soil types, organic mulching has given community members an excellent opportunity to save some cash while learning a new skill that will eventually generate income from the harvest. Not only is it useful for local communities, but the practice also helps preserve traditional knowledge and encourages the reduction of plastic use.

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