Books to Bhutan

When we visited Bhutan in the summer of 2017, we were struck by the beauty, the rich culture and the history of this country and its people. The influence of Buddhism was clearly evident in the Bhutanese way of life, a contributing factor to its recognition as the happiest country in the world, and it’s commitment to the philosophy of ‘Gross National Happiness’ (GNH).

Despite this, on visiting several of the monasteries, we were struck by the living conditions of the monks -  they manage to get by with the most basic of necessities.  Consequently, the idea of raising donations to improve the basic living conditions was proposed, however great value was placed on the provision of education, especially the acquisition of English, as a potential provider of opportunity and social mobility.  

Books To Bhutan is a private, non-profit organisation seeking to provide English language education to Buddhist monasteries in the Himalayan country of Bhutan.

Often families from disadvantaged backgrounds hand their boys over to Buddhist monasteries to provide them with basic sustenance. Unfortunately, education in the monasteries is often limited due to a lack of teachers and learning material. However, the monastic body is now beginning to provide some basic provision for the teaching of English in some monasteries, but resources are limited.

In contrast to the young monks, school children in Bhutan are taught English from an early age. It forms part of the curriculum and is the second language after their native ‘tongue’ of Dzongkha. English is considered extremely useful in Bhutan. It is an international language and tourism is an expanding sector in Bhutan, providing a valuable contribution to the country’s GDP. Furthermore, those wishing to succeed to the top of their profession/vocation or work in top government jobs are likely to need to speak English.

With the help of your generous donations, we will be able to equip the Bhutanese monasteries with valuable learning resources, as we aim to transform young lives, literally one page at a time! 

Please consider supporting this worthy cause, all donations, however big or small, are greatly appreciated. 

Furthermore, we would appreciate it if this link is shared amongst friends and family only! Please refrain from sharing the campaign around. Once again, thank you for your support!

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  • Anonymous 
    • £50 
    • 24 mos
  • Anonymous  
    • £37 (Offline)
    • 24 mos
  • Anonymous  
    • £326 (Offline)
    • 24 mos
  • Freddie Wied 
    • £10 
    • 25 mos
  • Russell Hall 
    • £100 
    • 26 mos
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Organizer and beneficiary

Derek Wong 
Organizer
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Jean Chak 
Beneficiary
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