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This year is the 25th year of cooperation between the Royal Government and Pro Bhutan, Germany, a private German philanthropic association, according to a press release from the association.

Till date, the association has provided assistance worth over Nu 300 million.

Assistance includes planning, financial and construction assistance of the Punakha hospital and infrastructure for the Muenselling institute at Khaling and Wangsel institute in Paro, both of which are special education schools.

Pro Bhutan, Germany has also helped in financing construction of the Punakha Dzong bazam and the musuem on Bhutanese traditional bazams in Punakha.

The association has also supported Dechen Phodrang monastery, Thimphu, Bjachung Karma nunnery in Punakha, Zhemgang Central School, and the Bhutan Health Trust Fund.

“The appreciation of these projects by His Majesty The King, by the Royal Government and by the Bhutanese people, also the recognition of these projects as a modest contribution to achieve the goals of Gross National Happiness, are the rewards which encourage the nine members of Pro Bhutan, Germany and the many German donors to continue with more projects for the benefit of the people of Bhutan,” states the press release.

The highlight of the 25th anniversary in 2017 shall be the inauguration of the girls hostel in Wangsel Institute on March 25 by education minister Norbu Wangchuk and former ambassador Harold N Nestroy, the executive chairman of the association.

Staff reporter

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