The Bhutan YDF empowers young people by providing resources and platforms to define their own future and bring about positive, sustainable change in their communities.


The Bhutan YDF supports young people by offering innovative programs and opportunities to address the unique needs of underserved and disadvantaged youth.


The Bhutan YDF inspires young people to realize their full potential as productive citizens and compassionate leaders through scholarships, service-learning, and advocacy.

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Golden Youth Award Camp 2016 concludes!

Her Majesty Gyalyum Tshering Pem Wangchuck, President of Bhutan Youth Development Fund and Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay awarded the Golden Youth Award to Nawaraj Rai of Mendrelgang Central School, Tsirang at the closing ceremony on 9th July. Her Royal Highness Princess Chimi Yangzom Wangchuck and Her Royal Highness Princess Kezang Choden Wangchuck presented awards to the […]

About Bhutan

Bhutan is a landlocked country roughly the size of Switzerland, with a population of approximately 7,50,000. Bhutan is known as Druk Yul, the Land of the Thunder Dragon. Bhutan is a country deeply rooted in Mahayana Buddhism, a tradition that stresses not material rewards, but individual development, sanctity of life, compassion for others, respect for […]

A visit to YDF’s ‘My Gakidh Village’

On 23rd July, 2016 Mrs. Angeli van de Kerkhof, a YDF International Advisory Council member and owner of Angeli Travels, and her daughter Bouke van Dijk from Holland made their first visit to My Gakidh Village, an initiative to curb rural-urban youth migration by providing livelihood skills and opportunities to unemployed youth within their own […]

42nd Management Board Meeting of YDF

On 27th June 2016, Her Majesty the Queen Mother Tshering Pem Wangchuck, President of YDF, and Her Royal Highness Ashi Chimi Yangzom Wangchuck, Vice President, graced the 42nd Management Board meeting of YDF. Her Majesty opened the meeting by welcoming Mr. Karma Lotey as a new member and thanked him for joining the YDF board. […]

About YDF

With a special focus on disadvantaged youth, the Bhutan Youth Development Fund enables Bhutanese youth to realize their full potential as productive citizens. The Bhutan Youth Development Fund is a senior member of civil society, known as an advocate for disability rights, substance abuse prevention and treatment, education, employment, and other important issues impacting youth. The Bhutan YDF provides financial support for youth development activities like leadership and volunteerism, drug rehabilitation, special education, basic skills and vocational training, and advocacy for youth-oriented policy.

From the President

Her Majesty the Queen Mother
Ashi Tshering Pem Wangchuck

The Bhutan Youth Development Fund is committed to making every youth a leader. As Bhutan's leading youth organization, we are working to address the growing needs of our youth and ensure that all youth have equal access to education, meaningful employment and opportunities to realize their potential.

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