Tamzhing Monastery educates 100 students from the ages of 7 through 20 years old in the monastic traditions of Bhutan. In addition, YANA Expeditions gives part of your tour payment to sponsor monks from economically disadvantaged families awaiting formal enrolment in these monastic schools.
General School Supplies:
Book Bags, Pencils, and Pencil Cases/Bags
(English) Alphabet, Math, and Word
Bath Towels, Bed Linens, and Light Blankets
Books for Bhutan donates books for several school libraries in rural areas across Bhutan. These school libraries currently serve more than 300 students.
Arts and Recreation, Children’s Storybooks, Early Childhood Development, General Works, Computer Science and Information, Language, ‘Learning-to-Read’ Books, Literature, Philosophy and Psychology, Social Sciences, Science, Technology, Young Adult Fiction and Non-Fiction, and Young Readers and Teenage Fiction
Hesperian Health Guides:
(English) Helping Children Who Are Blind, Helping Children Who Are Deaf, and A Health Handbook for Women with Disabilities
Tablets and Working Laptops
Listed on this page are the specific needs requested by the community project(s) so you can choose exactly what to pack for a purpose and express your gratitude to the local community with the supplies you take them. If you prefer, you may reach out directly to them to inquire about items which may be available for purchase locally. Arranging visits to community projects is beyond the scope of our mission. If you wish to visit a project, contact the participant and they can let you know what is possible.
Candy and balloons are not on the needs list as they are harmful for the children and the environment for the following reasons:
• Few of the children benefiting from these projects have access to toothpaste, toothbrushes, or a dentist. The candy promotes cavities.
• The balloons once they become deflated are a choking hazard for local wildlife.
Instead of taking candy or balloons, use that space for additional requested supplies, as they are priceless.