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 […]

Choosing A Monk’s Life

Sonam’s Story of Change: Choosing A Monk’s Life At 3 years old, Sonam was abandoned by his divorced parents. His elderly grandparents raised him. His childhood days were spent living in a leaky and delapidated makeshift hut, which he called home. The grandparents earned barely hand-to-mouth doing odd jobs. Looking at the suffering of his […]

Prayers for Mrs. EeCheng Tseng

A beautiful person, a beautiful soul departs for another realm of peace and happiness… Mrs. Ee Cheng was a dear friend of the Queen Mother Ashi Tshering Pem Wangchuck, the President of YDF. The news of her sudden demise grieved the Bhutan Youth Development Fund. She was a loving, gentle and a very kind person. Her […]

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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