Bhutan Society Trust Fund (Charity No 1041260)
The Bhutan Society Trust Fund (The Trust) is a small charity created in 1994 to support good causes in the Kingdom of Bhutan. Since then, it has helped disabled and disadvantaged children and adults, supported education, health, ancient building, cultural and horticultural projects and worked with Bhutanese not-for-profit partners, with small, focused grants.
To contact us
Please email the Secretary, Susan Gross, at email@example.com
Grants: applicants are asked to contact the Secretary. The review process includes the completion of this form: grant application form
(Microsoft Word file).
Donors: if you would like to donate, please contact the Treasurer, David Glazebrook, at firstname.lastname@example.org
, or at:
Bhutan Society Trust Fund
82 Sterndale Road
Recent projects supported by the Bhutan Society Trust Fund
- Safe drinking water in primary schools project in collaboration with Opening Your Heart to Bhutan. This project will purchase, install and maintain water filters in two primary schools. This will benefit the 247 children and staff of Rangaytung Primary School and Chapcha Primary School.
- Bhutan Books 2021 project to provide 4,000 new books for community libraries across Bhutan. The project is run in collaboration with Book Aid International who will select, supply and transport the books, and READ Bhutan, who organise local logistics and run the libraries. The 9 READ community centres are located across Bhutan and are Shemagangkha (Chukha), Yangthang (Haa), Mendhagang (Punakha), Ura (Bumthang), Khotakpa (Pemagatshel), Rongthong (Tashigang), Chuzegang (Sarpang), Panbang (Zhemgang) and Changjiji (Thimphu).
- Goodwill grants to students from Bhutan remaining in the UK during lockdown as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
- A grant to Hope 108 to continue its support of disadvantaged schoolchildren at two schools in Haa.
- 3,000 new books for 9 community libraries in collaboration with Book Aid International (bookaid.org) and Rural Education and Development (READ Bhutan).
- Higher and further education academic books for the Royal University of Bhutan, College of Natural Resources, Paro College of Education and medical textbooks and library books for the Khesar Gyalpo University of Medical Sciences.
- 50 new books for a small library at Gidakom Hospital for the TB isolation wards.
- Equipment for Ability Bhutan centre including beanbags and art materials for the Ability Bhutan Centre, Thimphu.
- Support for 10 boarding pupils at Haa schools, identified and in collaboration with Hope 108 to provide clothing, shoes, school uniform and essentials so pupils can attend as boarders.
- Draktsho – grant to support disabled and wheelchair access with a ramp for the disabled Draktsho school in Tashigang in collaboration with Opening Your Heart to Bhutan.
- Provision of new children’s books (total 4500) providing 500 books for 9 community libraries run by READ Bhutan in Chukha, Haa, Punakha, Ura, Pemagatshel, Tashigang, Sarpang, Zhemgang, and Thimphu. This project was done in collaboration with READ Bhutan and Book Aid International who supplied the books and organised the freight. (bookaid.org).
- Braille books for the school of visually impaired in Khaling, Tashigang (East Bhutan).
2009 – 2017
- Equipment for disabled people: the Trust supported projects in 2014 and 2017 together with the UK charity, Physionet, to provide used physiotherapy equipment, including wheelchairs, to Bhutan. The equipment was distributed by the Disabled Persons' Association of Bhutan. Some of the 2017 equipment was sent to Draktsho Vocational Training Centre for the Disabled, in East Bhutan, to be used by their pupils.
- Grants to Draktsho for specialised training for its teachers, and to acquire equipment for their student-run bakery in Thimphu.
- Maternity clothing and equipment to be distributed in East Bhutan by the UK charity Opening Your Heart to Bhutan.
- Primary Health Care, and Basic Health Units in remote areas by funding a handbook 'Where there is no doctor' and supplying Braille watches.
- Donation for traditional instruments for the Blind Musicians' Training Centre, whose musicians perform at both private and public events.
The Trust also supports community cultural and restoration projects, sometimes launching special appeals to do so. The beautifully restored Wangduephodrang Dzong and Pangsho temple (see photos above and below) are examples.
An appeal also contributed to the King's 2009 Earthquake Fund.
The Trust was created by Michael Rutland OBE, Sir Simon Bowes Lyon and Lord Wilson of Tillyorn. Its remit is described in the deeds as: 'for the relief of the poor, handicapped and sick in the Kingdom of Bhutan, and the advancement of education and religion.'