Happy New Year!
Tara Bodong Foundation (Netherlands) is a charitable organisation that supports humanitarian projects in the Himalayan region of Northeast India. Our mission is to improve the living conditions of local people living in the area by helping girls get access to education. We do this through (financial and non-financial) donations, capacity building and knowledge sharing.
Our main project is the Lumla Bodong Nunnery/ Home for Girls, which provides a safe haven and access to education for young girls. This facility houses and provides supplementary education to young girls from mostly nomadic families in mountain villages around Lumla. Lumla is located in the Tawang district of Arunachal Pradesh and shares a border with Bhutan and Tibet (China).
Growing Means Thriving
In 2011, a small group of friends in Hilversum embarked on this journey to give young nomadic girls living in the Himalayan foothills of Arunachal Pradesh a chance to go to school. Today, we are proud to say that we have now provided a home to 27 girls! They all live happily together at the Lumla Bodong Nunnery/ Home, a shelter exclusively built by our supporters to house these nomadic girls while they go to school in Lumla Village.
The contributions from sponsors and other donors pay for their supervision, school uniforms, clothes, meals, utilities, and other living expenses. The result is that all 27 girls are thriving and six of the oldest girls will actually graduate from high school in 2025. To mark this important anniversary, and the success of our project - we made a short video which can be seen via this link. You can also find the video on our website, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram, so please feel free to share!
Our girls have successfully completed the first term of the school year and performed really well in their exams and are now looking forward to the next term. They follow the CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education), an Indian national-level education board for private and public schools, operated and regulated by the Indian Government. This system is different from the European system and has two terms in an academic year, with each term covering 50% of the syllabus.
The younger ones attend the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Avasiya Vidyala Melongkhar in New Lungla and have successfully done exams in English, Hindi, Maths, and Environmental Studies (EVS).
Take a look at the performance report card below to see what they learn at school.
THE IMPACT OF A SPONSOR
The mountainous hillsides around Lumla are dotted with nomadic families desperate to give their girls a chance at a better life. Since 2014, each girl at our Lumla Bodong Nunnery/Home for Girls has received individual sponsorship. With your support, these inspiring young women are on their way to becoming independent thinkers who will help improve the situation in their local communities for generations to come.
For just €45 per month, you can change a girl’s life, who can then change an entire community! Your contribution provides access to lodging, clothes, food, school uniforms, books, and anything else she might need, to become a self-reliant, contributing member of her community and the world at large. Click here to find out more about our sponsorship programme or donate.