Dessuups- The Guardians of Peace
Desuups program first started in 2011 under the patronage of His Majesty the 5th King of Bhutan. So far 4,457 Bhutanese have trained as Desuups since the programme was initiated in 2011.
Dessuup is the highest form of the voluntary act in Bhutan. The volunteers wearing an orange uniform will be easily spotted in any event of disasters, charitable work and celebration to help. The first syllable of the word "De"(bde) originates from the word "Dekyid" meaning peace or tranquility and "De" is commonly understood to be the shortened version of Dekyid. The second syllable "Suung"(Srung) is commonly referred to as the act of guarding or protecting. Therefore, the phrase - "De-Suung" means "Guardians of Peace". Desuups are volunteers from all walks of life. From the graduates to the executives of the country, the orange dress unifies all Bhutanese and promotes community vitality.
The main aims and objectives of Desuung are to cultivate the values of amity, allegiance, unity and harmony, to encourage all citizens to be active in the greater role of nation-building, to provide useful and appropriate skills and knowledge in the field of disaster management. To instill a greater sense of community, harmony and cooperation as a group and individual members of society. To instill good human traits and values such as discipline, integrity, teamwork, commitment and dedication to work, respect for elders and seniors, sense of ownership, accountability and responsibility and to enhance the spirit of volunteerism and to undertake charitable work.
Desuups program first started in 2011 under the patronage of His Majesty the 5th King of Bhutan. So far 4,457 Bhutanese have trained as Desuups since the programme was initiated in 2011. As per the Command of His Majesty The King, the Desuung Integrated Training Programme is instituted to be a value-based personal development program with the main objective to encourage all citizens to be active in the greater role of nation-building. Through these training programmes, all Desuup trainees are expected to appreciate the sense of community, harmony and cooperation as a group and as active members of society.
Technically, the majority of the Bhutanese people do not have either lesser degree of understanding of issues connected to disaster risk management, nor do they have the right technical skills to fight disasters. Therefore, in times of emergencies and an acute shortage of skilled manpower to take up the challenge of search and rescue operations, relief operations, and rehabilitation and reconstruction desuups volunteers to work for the betterment of the community.
The underlying premise of the training programme is built upon the spirit of “volunteerism” and the positive influence of ethics and values of community service, integrity and civic responsibility. It is also expected that any citizen who has undergone this training programme actively volunteers during disaster operations, participate in charitable activities and be of service to others throughout their lives.
Today, On the joyous occasion of the 9th Desuung Raising Day, Bhutanese offers Tashi Delek to all the Desuups spread across the country with the hope and prayers that the volunteers will continue to serve the King, Country and People (Tsa-Wa-Sum) with unwavering loyalty and dedication.