Besides honing skills in the 13 traditional arts and crafts the Institute for Zorig Chusum in the eastern district of Trashiyangtse also does voluntary and charity work to help needy households in the district.
The institute’s Helping Hand Clubcollects used clothes and shoes from the Institute’s students and teachers, cleans and alters the items and distributes it to needy households identified by the local government administration.
So far the club has provided the service to more than 20 households in Bayling, Wongmina and Rabtey gewogs. The 25-member club, formed in 2014, has also helped in the construction and renovation of lhakhangs.
“We are very happy to help the needy people around and we shall continue this activity in future too,” said the institute’s principal, Thinley Wangchuk.
Club coordinator Chencho Dema, a former Instructor of the institute, said that the main motive is to help the poor and the needy. “It’svoluntary basis and I’m very happy to see members increasing each year,” she said. “This year we were involved in the construction of a Threma lhakhang.”
Chencho Dema said the club hopes to visit the school for the disabled in neighbouring Trashigang dzongkhag to distribute clothes and shoes.
Students now manage the club since the coordinator has been transferred in Thimphu.