‘"Opening Your Heart to Bhutan is a registered UK charity whose work has been recognised by the British Prime Minister"
Opening Your Heart To Bhutan
A LITTLE BIT ABOUT OUR FOUNDER
(ANI PEMA DEKI)
Emma is the first Western woman to be ordained in the Drukpa Kagyu lineage of Bhutan. She was given getsulma vows by HH Dorji Lopen at Punakha dzong at Losar in 2014 after having already lived under vows for two years.
A deep seated desire to enquire into the deeper aspects of humanity arise following a life- changing business trip to Jakarta, where she was held hostage at gunpoint. She resigned from her financial career and exploring yoga and meditation and methods of wellbeing with the ultimate aim of turning a traumatic episode into wisdom and conditions for thriving.
THE PROOF IS IN THE WATCHING
See some of the latest work that the charity is doing for
the people of Bhutan...
Opening Your Heart to Bhutan is a UK-based charity which brings children with special needs joy and the opportunity to build meaningful lives.
Through simple, practical acts of compassion, the charity provides access to safe medical care, disability aids and basic amenities in the isolated rural areas of East Bhutan. It believes in education as a means of empowerment and supports the digging of sewage systems, building of hostels and improvement of facilities at Draktsho, a vocational training centre in Tashigang.
The charity is run by Emma Slade, a Buddhist nun who travels regularly to the country to assess needs on-the-ground and supports a network of local people who work with families as they grow.
No one is paid to run the charity, and costs are kept to a bare minimum to maximise funds going directly to those most in need.
In 2017 Emma published her first book "Set Free", which captures her astonishing life from fast-paced city life to the stillness of Bhutan's Himalayan mountains. All proceeds from the book go to the charity and it is available to order on Amazon.
We are delighted to let you know that, thanks to your ongoing generosity and support, we have recently reached the enormous milestone of raising £400k towards supporting children and vulnerable people in Bhutan.
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Your Donations Mean So Much!
From water supplies to healthy food for children, your donations can make a real difference in rural Bhutan. We invite you to donate to Opening Your Heart to Bhutan to support us during these challenging times. This can be a gift from yourself or perhaps you would like to gift a donation on behalf of another.
The donation ideas below are examples of just how much wonderful work your generosity can achieve!
Buys educational materials for special needs schools
Gives a child everything they need to attend school in rural Bhutan
Provides a month's worth of nutritious meals for 70-90 children