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Non-profit Organizations

Bhutan Center for Media and Democracy

As Bhutan enters its sixth year of democracy, we see the emergence of a civil society space that is evolving and growing more dynamic..

Bhutan Foundation

among many other activities, the Bhutan Foundation supports the Snow Leopard Conservancy and “celebrates the culture of communities living in close proximity to endangered snow leopards and promotes community-based initiatives related to conservation of these magnificent animals” during the Jomolhari Mountain Festival.

Bhutan Nuns Foundation

“The Bhutan Nuns Foundation facilitates the improvement and basic well-being and education of the nuns of Bhutan. Established in 2009, the foundation builds on existing support provided and places special focus on out-reach to those most in need by organizing activities that advocate for and strengthen nuns’ potential through quality education, skill development to further benefit their communities and to connect nuns with others in the country while at the same time striving to improve their basic living conditions so that the nuns of Bhutan can contribute to the peace and well-being of Bhutan as a country and the world at large.”

Bhutan Youth Development Fund

“As Bhutan’s leading youth organization, the Bhutan Youth Development Fund strives to  ensuring  that all youth have equal access to education, meaningful employment and opportunities to develop their potential and to address the growing needs of our youth.”

Her Majesty the Queen Mother Ashi Tshering Pem Wangchuck founded the Youth Development Fund on 16 June 1999 and is the President of the Fund.

RENEW (Respect, Educate and Nurture Women)

Her Majesty Queen Mother Sangay Choden Wangchuck, established RENEW in 2004. The NGO plays a leading role in shaping the future role of women in the Bhutanese society.

Tarayana Foundation

Her Majesty Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck, the Founder and President of the Foundation established the Foundation as a means of organizing and streamlining assistance to the vulnerable communities and individuals. Tarayana is a non-profit organization working to uplift and enhance lives of vulnerable individuals and communities in Bhutan.

Pilou Animal Rescue and Care NGO 

Pilou established its first country programme through the Bhutan Animal Rescue and Care (BARC) centre in Thimphu. The BARC centre provides animal rescue, shelter and medical care mostly to injured and sick stray dogs, cats and monkeys, in a safe environment where they are cared for professionally and with kindness and compassion.

The Paro Barnyard Bhutan Animal Rescue and Sanctuary

VAST (Voluntary Artists’ Studio Thimphu, Bhutan)

“VAST was established with an aim to provide opportunities to Bhutanese youth to participate and develop their potential talents and share social responsibilities through artistic exploration and other socially useful and productive work.”