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.
"with an in-depth knowledge of the country, you are ensuring needs are met and lives transformed".
The Rt Hon. Theresa May MP
Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom