Who we are
The concept of ‘Nazhoen Lamtoen’ germinated in the beginning of 2013 due to living and distressing encounters with many vulnerable children and youths. These stark experiences revealed young lives exposed to distressing and abusive situations of daily living who find no solace and support as they fall in the gaps of many existing youth agencies – public, private and institutional. These experiences coupled with the corresponding rising trend in the incidences of vulnerable youth introduced the need for the establishment of a Civil Society Association to intervene in a more expansive, systematic and institutional manner rather than the limited interventions of concerned individuals. This is also a timely and crucial intervention as the current unchecked scenario is the main cause of many young lives relapsing back into a life of crime and addiction post-treatment and rehabilitation.
The establishment of Nazhoen Lamtoen envisages intervening in this gap in societal care with the emphasis on post-released children from the juvenile and rehabilitation center and other such orphaned and suddenly disadvantaged youths. Nazhoen Lamtoen was formed, groomed, build capacity, Development Human resources, financial support and technical support to work with children in contact with law and children in difficult circumstances by Save the children, Bhutan country office since its establishment.
Nazhoen Lamtoen initially started the voluntary group until it got officially registered under CSOA on 17 December 2016. The voluntary group supported children and youth in conflict with the law and difficult circumstances. Most of the children and youth released from juvenile centers, prison and rehabilitation do not have proper care and support in society, in some cases they even do not a proper place to stay and eat. Under such circumstances, most of them go back to their old trade and end up in prison with more sentences to serve. Till its registration, Nazhoen Lamtoen has reintegrated 15 children released from juvenile and 69 children in difficult circumstances with the financial support from Save the children, Bhutan.