Tarayana Foundation Celebrates 15th Anniversary With Fun-Filled Fair

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Themed ‘Tarayana since 2003: fifteen years of service from the heart', the annual fair was a great success.

Face painting at the Tarayana Fair in Thimphu. (Source: www.facebook.com/TarayanaFoundation)

 

By Phurpa Lhamo | Kuensel

 

Coinciding with its 15th foundation day, the Tarayana Foundation opened its annual fair on 4 May in Thimphu. It was themed ‘Tarayana since 2003: fifteen years of service from the heart.’ 

Aims of the Tarayana Fair

The three-day fair has over 80 stalls at Chubachu which exhibits products such as textiles, wooden and dairy products from over 13 dzongkhags in the country. It also has about 25 stalls with entertainment programmes.

The fair is a platform for the rural communities and artisans to showcase their skills and to market their products.

It also functioned as a fund-raising event organised by the foundation to help the vulnerable rural communities of Bhutan.

 

Source: Tarayana Foundation 

Her Majesty the Queen Mother Gyalyum Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck gave a speech and addressed 53 community members from 13 Dzongkhags on the third day of the fair. 

She also heard their concerns and presented a token of appreciation to each community member as well. Her Royal Highness Ashi Sonam Dechan Wangchuck was also present.

Sangay Wangmo, 34, a divorced mother of two from Tsirang who sold organic pickles at the fair said,

“Tarayana has many activities in my village like house construction and the preservation of water sources. I believe that this kind of space is really important and beneficial.”

Purpose of starting the Tarayana Foundation 15 years ago

While the Tarayana Foundation was formally launched on 4 May 2003, the idea of the foundation goes back 20 years ago when Her Majesty the Gyalyum Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck visited rural communities in the country. 

“We saw and felt the real need for us to holistically serve these communities we left behind, in an organised and sustainable manner,” Her Majesty the Gyalyum said in her address.

“While returning from one of those tours, on our drive towards Pelela, the idea of Tarayana was born.”

Achievements of the Tarayana Foundation so far

Today the foundation has reached communities across the country and is focused on socio-economic development. It organises home improvement trainings, surgical camps, annual pilgrimages and scholarships among others. 

At the event, Her Majesty the Gyalyum awarded the foundation’s Secretary General Chime P Wangdi with the President’s Medal for her dedication and selfless service to the vulnerable and poor.

The Secretary General has been part of the foundation’s journey. Prior to joining the Tarayana Foundation, she was the head of Policy and Planning Division at the Agriculture Ministry.

Chime P Wangdi said that as one of the female officers in the ministry, she accompanied Her Majesty on all trips around rural Bhutan.

“The activities started from 1998 onwards in small measures and it grew. Even before the formal launch, we were doing a lot of activities on the ground.”

The fair has volunteers from the Royal Institute of Management, the Bhutan Olympic Committee, the Bhutan National Legal Institute and the Jigme Singye Wangchuck Law School.

The fair which ended yesterday was kindly supported by Taj Tashi, Zimdra and various other individuals. 

 

This article first appeared in Kuensel and has been edited for the Daily Bhutan.

 

 


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