Who We Are
Who we are
Tara Bodong Foundation (Netherlands), registered in the Netherlands as Stichting Tara Bodong (NL) is a non-profit charitable foundation, which supports humanitarian projects in Northern India and Nepal.
Our mission is to structurally improve the living conditions of the local people in the Himalayan regions of India and Nepal and help them break out of the vicious circle of hardship which often characterises their lives. The purpose of our main project, the Lumla Bodong Nunnery/Girls’ School is to help educate girls so they could improve their local communities for generations to come.
Tara Bodong Foundation (Netherlands) was registered in February 2011 by Cecilie (Weirum) Stuyvenberg and Martin Stuyvenberg, who now live in Norway. Cecilie´s mother Siri Weirum, who used to work for the Red Cross, met Tibetan Monk Geshe Pema Dorjee on one of her many travels and got introduced to the hardship and need of the people in the Himalayan region. She decided to help and get involved and founded Tara Bodong Norway, our sister organisation. The name Tara Bodong is a combination of the words Tara and Bodong. Tara (Sanskrit, "star") is a Buddhist goddess and boddhisattva. She is characterised by her compassion and is especially popular in Tibet, Nepal and Mongolia. The Bodong Tradition is one of the oldest traditions in Buddhism and practised in Northern India, Tibet and Nepal. It was on the verge of becoming extinct, and Geshe Pema Dorjee was asked by HH the Dalai Lama to revive and promote the Bodong tradition. It forms part of the education at the Bodong Nunnery/Girl´s School in Lumla, our main project.
The foundation is run by a group of international friends in Hilversum who together represent 5 different nationalities. We work voluntarily and aim to keep the organisation as lean as possible by keeping overhead costs to a minimum, thus making sure that every euro donated goes entirely to our charitable projects.
Committee members: Tatjana Horn; Christian Horn; Elizabeth Fleming; Debbie Wirtjes-Lewis; Eva Persson; Silvia Trevisanato.
Stichting Tara Bodong (Netherlands),
Chamber of Commerce/ KvK number 52165043 was founded on the 24th February 2011 as a non-profit organisation by Martin Stuyvenberg and Cecilie Weirum Stuyvenberg.
Board of Directors