Tara Bodong Foundation (Netherlands) is a charitable organization 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. We do this through (financial and non-financial) donations, capacity building and knowledge transfer.
Our main project is the Lumla Bodong Nunnery / Girls' School, which provides a safe home 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).
Celebrating 10 Years
Ten years ago, our small group of friends in Hilversum embarked on the journey to give young girls living in the mountainous village of Lumla, Arunachal Pradesh a chance to go to school. Today, we are proud to say that 21 girls are living at the Tara Bodong Nunnery. Your support pays for their supervision, school uniforms, clothes, meals and all other living expenses. The result is that six of the oldest girls will graduate from middle school this summer and be able to continue to high school, which is also located close to the nunnery. 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!
COVID-19 UPDATE: SCHOOLS CLOSED UNTIL AUGUST
After reopening in April, schools are closed again until August. However, we are still relieved that Lumla remains safe from the coronavirus and its variants. This is due to its very remote location and the fact that it is not a densely populated area.
Once again, the children visited their families. They went off for a period of 10 days and have recently returned to the nunnery to resume online classes under the supervision of Pema Deki and Tashi Drema.
All of them passed their end-of-year school exams and the six eldest girls are now starting Grade 9 at the Govt. Higher Sec School Lumla, where the chairman of our local committee is also a head teacher.
We are happy to be able to share this picture of the girls which were sent to us by our local committee, the Lumla Bodong Tashi Choeling Charitable Organisation. We are so proud of them!
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 Nunnery/Girls’ School 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 our more about our sponsorship programme or donate.