UK Registered Charity No.1165794, e-mail info@openingyourhearttobhutan.com

Completed projects

Library and learning block

at Draktsho East

We are delighted to have reached our fundraising target of £38,000 and have achieved our aim of providing a brand new purpose-built library and learning block for the  Draktsho East  - the vocational centre in Kanglung, East Bhutan that desperately needed more classroom space. This inspiring organisation teaches 120 disabled and disadvantaged young people skills to help them gain self-esteem through their contribution to the community. 

The new building provides a flexible learning space adaptable for both the academic and physical education of the children.


The two storey learning block is looking fantastic and consists of the following units:

·       Library Room.

·       Physiotherapy room.

·       Staff office and principal office.

·       Meeting room and

·       Guest room for the visitors.

Much appreciation is due for Draktsho East's principal Karma Garab Dorji, who has made your donations go a lot further by project managing the build of the library and learning block at the rural boarding school himself (supported by Ugyen). 

Kitchens and

dining room

In 2019 we met our fundraising target of £32,000 and provided a new dining area and a brand new industrial kitchen for Draktsho East vocational school in Kanglung. The staff at Draktsho were previously cooking over open fires with poor sanitation, producing unhealthy smoke by cooking. The children also did not have a dedicated dining area.

This has now been solved with the creation of a spacious and comfortable dining area and a greener kitchen, with the installation of 3 electric cookers in the kitchen in April. This allows the children’s food to be prepared and enjoyed in a much healthier environment and saves trees from being used as fuel too! A fantastic achievement for the centre.

Toilets & paths at Meritsemo

We have provided a clean, sanitised toilet block as well as robust concrete pathways for the 120 children at Meritsemo primary school. We met our fundraising target of £9000 to achieve this.

 

Meritsmo receives 8 months worth of rain every year. The site is regularly water logged making the short trip to school dangerous for the children there - as you can see in the pictures on the left. The lack of basic sanitation leads to high levels of malaria, dysentry and diarrhoea.

Our improvements to santitation and access here will benefit the children enormously, improving health and making their walk to and around school much safer and more enjoyable.

Art camp

In 2017 we founded a summer art camp for 50 children in Eastern Bhutan to break down the barriers surrounding disability in the country.

The two week programme saw children from two state schools and Drats-ko's vocational training academy in Thimpu receive instruction in photography, sketching and watercolours from an international group of professional artists. 

Our target of £2500 was reached with the support of VAST Bhutan and the Embassy of India in Bhutan

School bus

In 2017 we helped the Drak-tsho vocational school in Thimpu take delivery of a new minibus.

 

The bus replaced the vehicle that was 13 years old and lacked basic working seat beats or four wheel drive.

Our target of £18,000 was reached with the help of individual donors, donations from the Bhutan Society and Chestfield Rotary.

Pathways

In 2017 we completed new access platforms at the Tashigang School thereby allowing wheelchair bound children to access classrooms when the site is waterlogged during the monsoon season.

Our target of £3,500 was reached with the help of ProHire.

Prosthetic equipment

In 2017 we trained all of the prosthetic technicians in Bhutan to install state-of-the-art new joints with shock absorbers. Prior to this, there were only three people in the country qualified to fit prosthetic limbs and all limbs were fitted with ungainly hinge joints which prevented young people running or playing sport.

Our target of £10,000 was reached with the help of individual donors, support from the joint manufacturers Ottobok and the Saxon Shore.

Girls hostel

In 2016 we broke ground on a dedicated female boarding house for the girls of Drak-tsho's disabled vocational training school in Kaglung.

 

The hostel provided a way in which children from isolated rural areas could learn essential life skills and vocational trades such as weaving and painting. 

Our target of £7,000 was reached with the help of individual donors, the Openwork Foundation, George Wilson Holdings, and the German Embassy in New Dehli.

A new teacher for Kanglung

Dechen was a fiercely bright disabled girl who was unable to take up a teaching position at the Kanglung school because she couldn't afford the adult nappies she needed to work.​

Providing these basic supplies has allowed Dechen to fulfil her dream and over 65 children at the school benefit from greater academic support.

Our target of £750 was raised in three days through a crowdfunding project supported by Whitstable business and staff from Barclay's Bank.

Play equipment

In 2015 we built a playground for a primary school of 104 children in Meretsemo whose only playspace was a flood plain where stagnant water would build up and attract malarial mosquitos.

Working in partnership with the Bhutan Ministry of Education we selected a new site and erected slides, swings and climbing frames for children and their families.

Our target of £3,500 was reached with the help of local fundraising events.

4x4

In 2017 the Drak-tsho school in Tashigang took delivery of the schools' first vehicle. Prior to this, the school had no means of transporting children to medical appointments or collecting boarding students who live up to three hours drive away.

The new vehicle has allowed children in remote rural areas whose parents were unable to pay for public transport to access the school.

Our target of £10.000 was reached with the help of the Openwork Foundation.

Footwear

In 2016Drat-sko took delivery of over $125,000 of new shoe for children living in its schools.

The shoes were chosen by staff at the schools to provide additional ankle support and improve the posture and walking of children with cerebral palsy. The donation is enough to ensure the school does not need to buy students new shoes for the next five years.

The shoes and costs of transporting them were donated by Salts Healthcare and PGS Global Logistics.

Bedding and blankets

Since 2014 the charity has transported over 200kg of donated blankets, muslins, sleeping bags and bedding to schools, hospitals and clinics in the East of Bhutan.

The materials have been handed out as starter packs for new mothers, students starting at the boarding school or people without basic supplies.

These materials have been donated by local Whitstable mums.