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 ARE OPEN
School in India opened in August.
The Indian government allowed all schools in India to re-open in August. Pema Deki, our House Mother, sent this picture of the older girls who have started Grade 9 at the Govt. Higher Secondary School Lumla, where the chairman of our local committee is also the principal. Their younger girls will continue their education at the primary school until they too, can follow their Tara Bodong sisters. Pema Deki tells us that the girls all passed their end of term exams and are very happy to be back in the classroom and to see their school friends again.
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!
Thriving at Lumla Bodong!
It’s been a while since our last update but we are happy to inform you that your sponsored child is thriving at the Lumla Bodong Nunnery.
SCHOOLS AND COVID-19
After briefly having to close again at the start of this year because COVID precautions, the schools were allowed to open again after a month. Thankfully, classes are back to normal and the annual school exams were able to take place according to schedule. As soon as we get the results, we will share those with you.
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.