Who we are

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 has successfully built 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). We are currently providing full-time education and boarding for 8 girls, kindly supported through our sponsorship programme, and are expecting a further 7 girls […]

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) […]

Buy a Tulip Help a Girl 2018 … 4th edition!

We are currently gearing up to launch our “Buy a Tulip, Help a Girl” campaign for 2018. This is the fourth time that we have run this campaign and, this year, we are hoping that even more of our local and international schools join us. The tulips will be sold in conjunction with the International Day of the Girl Child on 11 October 2018, with ALL the profits received going to the education and housing of ‘our girls’ in Lumla.

The International Day of the Girl Child is a UN initiative “to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls’ empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights”. This philosophy resonates with Tara Bodong’s initial (and ongoing) project in Lumla.

The decision to build a nunnery/school solely for girls was taken, after careful consideration, to address the problem of extreme poverty at the root, and also offer a sustainable solution that was suitable and acceptable to the girls’ families and the community. Because it is almost impossible for children living in the remote areas to get to the government school in Lumla village safely, our priority was to not only provide access to education for the girls, but to ensure that our girls have a ‘second home’ with daily meals and a safe place to sleep. This gives comfort to their parents that they are safe while in our care as they are living within a Tibetan Buddhist environment.

Members of our team are reaching out to schools during the next couple of months and providing further details on the campaign. For more information about our project please watch the videos linked to below:

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Our Inspiration

  • 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 […]

  • 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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