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Tara Bodong (Netherlands) is a non-profit charitable foundation which supports humanitarian projects in the northern region of India and Nepal. The projects are initiated locally and overseen by the Tibetan lama, Geshe Pema Dorjee. Founders and Board Our Team Our Team Tara Bodong ANBI Requirements -

Our project


The Tara Bodong foundation is helping to build a nunnery/ girls’ school for poor and orphaned girls in Lumla, Arunachal Pradesh which is an impoverished Himalayan area in North-East India that borders Bhutan and China (Tibet). Nunnery/ girls’ school in Lumla    Progress and Milestones FAQ Fundraising  

How to give


The members and friends of Tara Bodong (Netherlands) appreciate your donation. We will do our very best to make sure that every contribution we receive will go entirely to the nunnery/girls’ school. There are several ways you can financially support our project: Transfer via Bank Account: Bank: Rabobank Hilversum Account number: 1151.38.447 Account name: Stichting Tara Bodong (Netherlands) […]



Order your Champagne for the Holiday Season!

We have just introduced our new Champagne – Champagne Roland Vizeneux – at our 4th Annual Charity Champagne Party. Our guest had the chance to taste and to order four different Champagnes already.  You can order these Champagnes as well. Please fill in the Champagne Order Form and send it to us for delivery in time for the Holiday Season!

Silent Auction Results!

Please find here the results of the Silent Auction to see if you were the ultimate winner of the item you have bid for!

Letter from the Chairman!

Dear all,

First of all a BIG thank you to all guests who attended the 4th Tara Bodong Champagne Party last Friday. We hope you enjoyed the fun evening of Champagne tasting, socialising, dancing and silent auction bidding. I would also like to thank everyone who has supported us with a beautiful location, delicious food donations, fantastic music, fun photo memories, and wonderful silent auction prices. Without this support the party would not have been possible.

The evening was a huge success. So far we have raised € 6500 (after costs). In addition to this will be the proceeds of the Champagne orders. If you did not get a chance to order on the evening, please find attached a Champagne order form which can be returned by email. We are excited about our new Champagne house – Champagne Roland Vizeneux – this year and have already received much positive feedback.

Why do we organise an annual Champagne Party?

The Tara Bodong Foundation supports a girl’s educational project in the impoverished and remote town of Lumla, in the region of Arunachal Pradesh in the north-east of India. We support the building of a school for young girls, where they will receive modern education. While construction is taking place, we have set up a small sponsor programme for 8 poor and semi-orphaned young girls. But in the future we will need many more sponsors. Please visit our website for more information: www.tarabodong.org or send us an e-mail info@tarabodong.org

We believe that organising events where people can enjoy a fun evening, while at the same time supporting a good cause is a successful formula.

Our special thanks go to the following:

Gooiland Events

We would like to thank Charlotte and Philippe from Gooiland Events for offering the fabulous location the Foyer Bar for the party and for catering for all our needs! And many thanks to the event manager Tamara and her team for the smooth operation on the evening!

Photo Booth and Photography

Many thanks to Ivan Beemster of FabFotoBooth who provided this fun and popular activity. Many photos have found their way of Facebook already!
A big thank you to Christel Bismann for taking hundreds of photos during the evening. The photos will be uploaded this week on our website: www.tarabodong.org/gallery

Champagne Tasting

Thank you to Christel and Elizabeth for guiding us through a the tasting of 4 Champagnes from our new Champagne house Champagne Roland Vizeneux. The Champagne Tasting was a great success.

Champagne Bar

Our popular Champagne Bar was again operated by Tim, Bassil and Geert. A big thank you for keeping the glasses filled during the evening.


A huge thank you to DJ Lex, who again offered his musical services and played our favourite music wishes.


A big thank you to everyone who donated the delicious food which we all enjoyed very much during the Champagne Tasting and the rest of the evening:

Mel and Sally of The Hidden Chefs for several trays of fantastic hors d’ouvres.
Jaya, Kandla, Priti, Shalini for all the home cooked Indian food.
Silvia Trevisanato (our food coordinator), Adriana and Silvia for the wonderful Italian bites
Sumo in Hilversum for the sushi.
Margaret for even more hors d ‘ouvres
Sharon of Tante Suiker for the sweet deserts
Van der Graaf Ster Kaas shop
CAS Students

I would like to thank all the CAS students from the ISH and ATC Hilversum for setting up, helping with registration, food preparation, serving and cleaning up. You all did a good job.

Silent Auction Prices

A huge thank you to all companies and individuals, who generously donated their time, services and products for our Silent Auction. A list of the winners will be posted on our website shortly: www.tarabodong.org

A solo piano concert by Yoshimi Kawai.
Rental of a Donut BBQ Recreatie centrum Mijnden in Loosdrecht.
A customized cake from Tante Suiker in Hilversum.
4 Vouchers for Chinese restaurant Royal Mandarin, Hilversum.
2 Vouchers for High tea at Studio Smaak on Langestraat in Hilversum.
Voucher for a tattoo at Identify Tattooing on Langestraat in Hilversum.
9 Handmade original Venetian masks courtesy of Lagioia, arranged by Silvia Trevisanato.
One voucher for paddle boarding in Loosdrecht courtesy of ikSUP Loosdrecht.
Dutch lessons courtesy of LearnDutchFast.
Long Weekend in Malaga, Spain courtesy of B&B Finca La Tierra Mijas.
Gazelle Olympic Limited Edition Lady’s Bike from Antilope in Hilversum.
Wash, haircut and blow dry at Scissors Health & Beauty on Neuweg in Hilversum.
5 yoga lessons at Yogamar in Hilversum courtesy of Marie-Jose Geurs.
Skin care set from Rituals in Hilversum.
A photo on canvas from Copy Gooi in Hilversum.
A 2 night stay at Domaine Rennepont in Champagne and complementary use of a Cabriolet – courtesy of Domaine Rennepont.
Lunch at Michelin star restaurant t’Amsterdammertje in Loenen a/d Vecht.
Dinner for 2 people including wine at Lekr in Ankeveen.
Lunch for 2 people including wine at Vlaar in s’Graveland.
Dinner for 2 people at the Italian  Restaurant Trivio on the lake in Loosdrecht.
Dinner for 2 people at 15a, a restaurant in Bussum.
Sloep Rental at Ottenhome.
2 vouchers for jewellery from You&Me Fashion Second Best in S’Graveland.
4 Vouchers for Barista course from Doppio in Hilversum.
Italian Cooking Family Workshop by Silvia Trevisanato.
Virtual Cruise by Carnival.
Belgium beers and the book: “Taste Belgium through its most exquisite selection of Beer” courtesy of Duvel SA, arranged by Davida Iannuzzi.
Indian dinner at the Ganesha Restaurant in Hilversum.
Make up workshop by Toop Garvelink, a professional make-up artist based in Hilversum.
Tennis lesson for 2 people from Berry Ruijter courtesy of DijoR.
2 Vouchers for a Makeover courtesy of Douglas, Hilversum.
5 Vouchers for Ai Uchi Japanese Restaurant in Hilversum.
Wine selection from Il Divino, Hilversum.
3 Vouchers for The Hairclub on Emmastraat in Hilversum.
3 Magnum Champagne Roland Vizeneux Cuvee de Reserve Brut.
3 Champagne buckets provided by Hocras.
Sloep Rental at Biesbos courtesy of Teamsloep.
A painting by Ko van Driel.
2 Vouchers for Facial treatment the Artistique Beauty Salon in Hilversum.
Tara Bodong Team

Last but not least, I want to thank the Tara Bodong Team, who are all volunteers, and who give their free time to arrange events and activities to raise funds for our girls’ school/nunnery in Lumla.

Again a huge thank you from:

Martin Stuyvenberg

Chairman Tara Bodong Foundation (Netherlands)


Ps – if you would like to get in touch with any of our sponsors, please send us an email.

Our Inspiration

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    Pema Dorjee

    Tibetan Lama Geshe Pema Dorjee has dedicated his life to helping disadvantaged people in the Himalayan region. There, he has organised numerous charitable projects with emphasis on the poor, the elderly, street children, the sick and the disabled. He currently runs 13 charitable projects including support for education, community improvement, health and environmental development. Amongst […]

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    Siri Weirum

    Siri Weirum worked for many years as a manager for Oslo Red Cross in Norway. When she took early retirement, she decided to do something completely different by going to live abroad. After reading an article in a Norwegian newspaper about an international organisation looking for ‘senior’ citizens to work as volunteers in developing countries, Siri got […]

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