Bhutan Children

About Bhutan

While the new government remains committed to addressing education and child-related issues, new challenges are emerging in the areas of adolescent development, youth unemployment and providing access to basic education to children living in remote areas of the country. The government of Bhutan, constrained by the lack of funding and manpower, has prioritized primary schooling and higher education. This has left a vacuum in the early childhood realm that has compromised young children's development.

Facts About

More than 30 Million
live there

The average girl stays in
school only until she's 12

42 out of 1000 children die
before their 5th birthday

A parent earns an average
of just $2 a day

Our Work

Since 1982, Save the Children's history in Bhutan has been an amazing journey. From small beginnings, today our programs reach children throughout the country and we have become a trusted partner for the government and the community. We started our first program activities in the remote community of Edi in southern Zhemgang and today Save the Children programs reach children in all 20 districts. In 2010, Save the Children, in agreement with the Royal Government of Bhutan, began focusing on the following areas: Early Childhood Care and Education, Basic Education, Adolescent & Youth Development and Child Protection.

Our Work in

Last Year, Save the Children...

protected 68,478
from harm

supported 82,094
in times of crisis

provided 384,878 children
with a healthy start in life

helped 35,960 families
feed their children

gave 150,019 children
vital nourishment

Sponsor A Child

Since 1982, Save the Children in Bhutan has worked with local communities and organizations to design Sponsorship programs for kids. Targeted to help children from early childhood to early adulthood, our programs work to make a healthy and safe environment where children can learn and grow. Our early childhood programs help prepare toddlers and young children for school by giving them access to quality preschools and early literacy programs, while our programs designed for primary school-aged kids work to transform students into lifelong learners by building strong curriculums and passionate teachers. Our work with adolescents focuses on that challenging transition between childhood and adulthood, helping ensure it’s a positive one by teaching them money, job and relationship skills. Thanks to the generous support from our community of sponsors, these essential programs in Bhutan continue to give children a healthy start and the opportunity to learn, protecting them from harm along the way.

Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s 2014 State of the World’s Mothers report. You can access detailed data here.

Other sources as follows: Population and Life Expectancy: CIA World Factbook 2014; Human Development Rank: United Nations Development Programe 2014; Underweight Children: World Health Organization Report 2014

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