Community comes together for social wellness

The Young Volunteers In Action (Y-VIA), Youth Development Fund (YDF) have come to the rescue of a 76-year-old man, Chari, who was living in a dilapidated hut without electricity. Y-VIA of Tsebar Lower Secondary School have built a small concrete house and a pit toilet for him a few days ago. Chari, a former army man, has no kith and kin.

The volunteers managed to mobilize the community to help in building the house.

The CGI sheets for the roofing were contributed by Pema Gatshel Middle Secondary School. The electric items were supplied by Druk Satair Corporation Ltd., in Kothakpa.

There were teachers, like Ugyen Chophel from Dungmin Primary School and Sonam Chophel from Tsebar Lower Secondary School who supervised the construction works. Other volunteers, like Sonam Tshering, with basic wiring skills, did the wiring works on the house.

Also, the Pemagatshel Y-VIA in alliance with Nangkhor Higher Secondary School helped to rebuild the collapsed hut belonging to Abi Jigme of Nangkor, Shumar Gewog on September 6. The construction was completed within four days with support from Wangchuk Dukpa Stone quarry that donated the stone powder for the flooring works and the timber was donated by Pelden Drukpa Construction. The transportation, a tipper truck, was provided by Druk Satair Corporation Ltd. The Chief Executive Officer of Druk Satair, Letho, made a donation of Nu 11,200. A businessman, Sonam Tshering, contributed five bags of cement, and another businessman, Dorji Wangchuk, contributed Nu 1,000.

The regional coordinator of Y-VIA, Thubten G Dorji, said the enthusiastic support from students and staff of Nangkor HSS and the generous donations, in cash and kind, from the community have helped build homes for the destitute. An active network of young volunteers, Y-VIA, was started with a vision to create a strong network of young volunteers in Bhutan dedicated towards achieving

Gross National Happiness through volunteerism and leadership, an active network of young volunteers under the Bhutan Youth Development Fund was started in 2003.

“Through active participation, capacity building and volunteerism, the Y-VIA will address issues that concern the communities, people, culture, and the environment in partnership with relevant agencies and establish a strong Youth Network that is dynamics, strong and sustainable,” Thubten G Dorji said.

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