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) […]

a BIG thank you very much!


Letter from the Chairman!

Dear all,

First of all a BIG thank you to all guests who attended the 5th Tara Bodong Champagne Party on Saturday 28 January. We hope you enjoyed the fun evening of Champagne drinking, socializing, dancing and silent auction bidding. I would also like to thank everyone who has supported us with buying tickets,  a beautiful location, delicious food donations, fantastic music and wonderful silent auction prices. Without this support the party would not have been possible. The evening was again a huge success. We have raised well over € 5000 (after costs).

Why do we organize 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 and nunnery for young girls, where they will receive modern education. We have just finalized the first building and we have expanded our small sponsor program from 8 to 14 poor and semi-orphaned young girls. In the future we will need many more sponsors. We believe that organizing 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 Petroy and Philip 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 team for the smooth operation on the evening!

Champagne Bar

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


Also a huge thank-you to DJ Lex, who for the 4th time in a row offered his musical services and played our favorite music wishes.


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

Priti, Jaya, Kandla and Shalini for all the home cooked Indian food.
Maria, Sandra and Silvia (our food coordinator) for all the other wonderful bites.

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 / Raffle Prices

A huge thank you to all companies and individuals, who generously donated their time, services and products for our Silent Auction.


Free Raffle

Magnum Bottle  – Champagne Roland Vizeneux & Fils



5×30 min Small Training Group sessions SemperFit – http://semperfit.nl

Haircut & Blow-dry in Amsterdam

1 session PT No Excuses – www.no-excuses-hilversum.nl

2x 30 min tennis lesson with Berry – www.dijor .nl

Balsamico vinegar 12 yrs old info@materemilia.it   www.materemilia.it

Basket of organic/bio goods from Essenza  www.essenza-biologisch.nl

Box of wine from Barolo & more – www.baroloandmore.nl


Silent Auction

#1 Long weekend in Spain – melanie.de.leeuw@kpnmail.nl

#2 1 month PT/ 4 sessions No Excuses – www.no-excuses-hilversum.nl

#3 Hobie Kayak half day for 2 incl light lunch

#4 2 PT sessions & thai massage Undisputed – http://www.undisputed.com/

#5 2 PT sessions & thai massage Undisputed –http://www.undisputed.com/

#6 5×30 min PT sessions SemperFit – http://semperfit.nl/

#7 Italian Culinary Basket – Silvia Silviaorganizes.it / info@silviaorganizes.it

#8 Cake, custom made 15 people Tante Suiker –http://tantesuiker.nl/

#9 Breathworks 8 weeks course Lelia Spada  – www.leliaspada.com

#10 Mindfulness 8 weeks course Lelia Spada – www.leliaspada.com

#11 JEF 2 Personal Training sessions & massage – http://www.jeslaren.nl

#12 JEF 2 Personal Training sessions & massage– http://www.jeslaren.nl


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)

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 […]