About Us

The concept of ‘Nazhoen Lamtoen’ germinated at the beginning of 2013 due to 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 leading cause of many young lives relapsing into a life of crime and addiction post-treatment and rehabilitation.

Nazhoen lamtoen team

The establishment of Nazhoen Lamtoen envisages intervening in this gap in societal care, with an emphasis on post-released children from the juvenile and rehabilitation center and other such orphaned and suddenly disadvantaged youths. Since its establishment, Nazhoen Lamtoen was built to capacity, received financial and technical support, and developed human resources to work with children in contact with the law and children in difficult circumstances by Save the Children, Bhutan Country Office.

Nazhoen Lamtoen initially started as a voluntary group until it was officially registered under CSOA on 17 December 2016. The voluntary group supported children and youth in conflict with the law and difficult circumstances. Most children and youth released from juvenile centers, prisons, and rehabilitation do not have proper care and support in society – in some cases, they do not even have a suitable place to stay and eat. Under such circumstances, most of them go back to their old trade(s) 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 financial support from Save the Children, Bhutan.