24
Laptops
Distributed to schools & monasteries
112
Shoes
Were distributed in Bhutan
02
Schools
Have been assisted
600+ Book
Collected and distributed across to schools
01
Family
Supported by us
01
House
being refurnished
03
Monasteries
Assisted
04
Students
Sponsored for study trip in Singapore

Laptsakha Community School

Druk Asia identifies community schools which we can help to improve their quality of education. We usually focus our effort on projects which can provide the most immediate benefits in consultation with school management. Laptsakha Community School is a small community school for the Laptsakha village at Talo in Punakha. The school has 143 pupils studying in 7 different classes from Kindergarten to Primary 6. These are some of the projects we have done for them.

a) New Green Boards for all classrooms To have conducive classroom environment, effective teaching and learning. The previous boards were old and outdated. Made from ply board, students could not read writing clearly due to sun reflection and difficulty in keeping it black. It also produces lots of dust in the classroom since the board is rough.

b) Water Filter. The school doesn't have a proper water source, especially during peak summer season students drink water from the tap despite repeated reminders to use boiled water. The government doesn't have separately allocated budget to procure sanitation materials.

c) Syntax Water Storage tanks (2000 litres). Due to small existing water source for the school, the school does not have enough water during important celebrations and gatherings. The Bigger water tank is also needed to tie over time when water gets muddy especially during monsoon season.

Current Initiatives

We are sponsoring two girls from Punakha, who have lost both their parents and currently staying with their grandma, through their middle and higher secondary school. Together with our friends of Bhutan, we will be rebuilding the roof of their house which is made up of plastics and zinc sheet. In 2016, we hope to be able to identify more young kids who are in need of assistance.

If you are one of our guests and travellers who are coming to Bhutan, do drop us a note if you would like to take part in any community service. We would be happy to assist.

The Gyalyum Charitable Trust

The Gyalyum Charitable Trust, under the visionary leadership of Her Majesty Gyalyum Sangay Choden Wangchuck (Queen Mother) aims to ensure the long-term sustainability of organizations that enjoy Her Majesty’s Royal Patronage.

She has been at the forefront of raising awareness on social issues for more than 20 years and takes personal interest in the welfare of women, youth and children, and the disadvantaged and marginalized of society whom she has interacted with extensively while touring the nation as the UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador.

The initiatives under the Trust include:

  • RENEW - Committed to the empowerment of vulnerable women in Bhutan, particularly survivors and victims of domestic violence. RENEW focuses on advocacy, outreach, counselling, education, and rehabilitation.
  • Gyalyum Scholarship Programme - Aimed at helping children from disadvantaged families continue their education
  • The Craft Gallery – This project is still under development but when completed, it will be a dedicated outlet for the sales, marketing and development of Bhutanese handicrafts
  • Royal Textile Academy - An education centre for training individuals in the traditional art of weaving, thereby preserving their rich textile heritage
  • Gyalyum Dharma Initiative - Devoted to the maintenance, upkeep, restoration of monasteries and support for monks and nuns

Website: www.Gyalyum.org

Image credit RENEW via Facebook Page

VAST Bhutan

Voluntary Artists Studio, Thimphu, popularly known as VAST was set up in 1998 by a group of professional artists as a not-forprofit organisation with the primary aim to provide opportunity to the Bhutanese youth to participate and develop their potential artistic talents especially in contemporary art, develop sense of social responsibilities through community services and also to explore art as a vocation.

    What we have done:
  • Sponsorship of 3 artists to particpate in USK Symposium 2016 in Singapore
  • Art exhition in Singapore - Happiness 2014
  • Art exhibtion in Singapore - Discover Breathless Bhutan @ ION , October 2016
  • Nomination to IFC Congress 2018 Scholarship
  • Bringing travellers to VAST studio and gallery

Visit VAST website here: www.vastbhutan.org.bt

Royal Society for Protection and Care of Animals (RSPCA)

The Royal Society for the Protection and Care of Animals (RSPCA) is the first organisation of its kind set up in Bhutan in order to greatly alleviate the problem of animal mal treatment.

    What we have done:
  • Seed funding for 2 staff in 2017 to rejuvenate effort to build admin capabilities
  • Donated 2 laptops for the staff
  • Bringing travellers to RSPCA

Visit RSPCA website here: www.RSPCABhutan.org