Help Save Children in Bhutan

In Bhutan, half of the population lives in poor rural communities, making formal education difficult. The result is that nearly 42% of Bhutan children under age 15 struggle to learn how to read. Since 1982, Save the Children in Bhutan has worked with local communities and organizations offering Sponsorship programs for children. Our early childhood programs help prepare young children for school by giving them access to preschools and early literacy, while our school-aged children’s programs help transform kids into lifelong learners.

The Challenges for Children in Bhutan

Living with food insecurity and poverty. Living without access to education. Children in Bhutan need your help.*

  • Only 48% of girls 15 and older are literate
  • 16% of school-age children are out of school
  • 33 out of 1000 children die before their 5th birthday
  • 3% of children are engaged in child labor
  • 13% of people live in poverty
Map of Bhutan

Our Work for Children in Bhutan

With the support of our donors, the first programs in Bhutan began in the remote community of Edi in southern Zhemgang; today Save the Children programs reach children in all 20 districts. Our well-known Red Nose Day Fund is helping improve the quality of education in more than 200 preschools in Bhutan, training teachers to incorporate play-based math and reading activities that help increase school readiness and elementary school success.

  • Protected 155,496 children from harm
  • Supported 213,234 children in times of crisis
  • Provided 1,261,691 children with a healthy start in life
  • Helped 24,563 families feed their children
  • Gave 1,041,286 children vital nourishment

How to Help Children in Bhutan

Support Save the Children’s mission. Donate to help children in Bhutan, and around the world, survive and thrive.

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Sources: * Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s 2017 End of Childhood Report. You can access detailed data here. Other sources as follows: Population: CIA World Factbook 2015; The World Bank, 2016; Unesco Institute for Statistics (UIS)


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