Other projects of interest:
The Bhutan Foundation's mission is to improve the quality of life
of the Bhutanese people by supporting efforts that preserve the natural and cultural heritage
of Bhutan and benefit human development and good governance. Some partner organizations include
Bhutan Health Trust Fund, Center for Media and Democracy, Royal Society for Protection and Care of Animals,
Royal Society for the Protection of Nature, Tarayana Foundation, Ugyen Wangchuck Environment and Forestry Institute,
VAST (Voluntary Artist Studio of Thimphu), WWF (World Wildlife Fund) Bhutan, and Youth Development Fund.
Bhutan: A Kingdom of Happiness forthcoming film by Dara Padwo-Audick.
There’s a lot at stake for Druk Yul, better known in the west as Bhutan. Nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas,
this tiny country has grand ambitions. Attempting to protect its ancient past while embracing economic development,
Bhutan is the only country in the world that supports a policy of “Gross National Happiness”. While Bhutan remained
remarkably isolated for centuries, democracy and the 21st century have arrived, and with them, modern problems like crime,
drug abuse and alcoholism. What does it mean to be happy in Bhutan? How will the new young King help his people
incorporate the benefits of globalization while keeping their traditions and culture intact? Is Bhutan’s concept
of Gross National Happiness really a possibility for a 21st century democracy? Bhutan: A Kingdom of Happiness
takes viewers on a journey to experience history in the making. In these times of global economic turmoil and
re-evaluation of our social and financial values, the film offers a vision for the future that is truly inspiring.
Exotic Bhutan Tours and Treks (Linda Fessette, Santa Cruz, CA)