Who we are

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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: Payment details: Transfer per Bank Account: Bank: Rabobank Hilversum Account number: 1151.38.447 Account name: Stichting […]

Happy New Year

The Tara Bodong foundation would like to wish you a happy and prosperous New Year!.

The last few months of 2014 were very exciting and busy for us. In October we organised our annual tulip campaign “Buy a Tulip – Help a Girl” to celebrate United Nation’s International Day of the Girl, the 11th of October.  We had a number of International and Local schools participating and raising funds for our school project in Lumla, Arunachal Pradesh, in the NorthEast of India.

At the end of November we organised our popular Champagne Party, which was very well attended. The party was held at Luno Kitchen, a restaurant in the centre of Hilversum. The party started off with a tasting of selected “Albert Levasseur” champagnes and followed by music by DJ Lex, Champagne Bar, Silent Auction and lots of dancing till the small hours. During the party, guests could order champagne for the Festive Season. The huge number of bottles of champagne was delivered to Hilversum in good time for Christmas.

In November and December we also participated in a few Winter Markets in Amsterdam and Hilversum, selling beautiful merchandise from Nepal and India.

Particularly exciting was the information and photos we received from Lumla. Two of Pema Dorjee’s helpers from India and Nepal made the journey to Lumla to assess and document the progress that was made of the school construction and on the well-being of the seven young girls who are sponsored by friends of the Tara Bodong Foundation in the Netherlands.


It was very hearth warming to see the photos of the happy girls and to hear that they have all settled in very well and are thriving in their new environment. All the girls had prepared hand-made Christmas cards for their sponsors with small personal messages in the cards. The card included a recent photo and school progress report. The construction of the first building of the girls’ school / nunnery is well underway and progressing rapidly. The recent photos show details of the local craftsmanship and the buildings will look beautiful once completed.


We are happy to have achieved this milestone with the help and support of our generous sponsors. However, to continue the next phases of the construction, we are dependent on continuous financial support and donations. We hope you will continue this exciting and very worthwhile journey with us. The needing girls in the Lumla area deserve the opportunity to improve their lives and better their future through a solid, and modern education. Many thanks for your continuous support and for believing in our project. Best wishes for a peaceful and joyful 2015!

The Tara Bodong Team

Our Inspiration

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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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    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 […]

September 2015 – Geshe Pema Dorjee will visit the Netherlands

Please contact us for details: info@tarabodong.org