Dedicate their effort to the National Day celebrations

Community: Dorji Gyeltshen, 90, from Shumar gewog got a new home with an attached bathroom on December 14.

Dorji Gyeltshen, who is visually impaired, can now live a more comfortable life.

This was made possible after 25 individuals including Pemagatshel Dzongdag Phuntsho volunteered to construct a house for him to live in.

They built the house in two days.

Dorji Gyeltshen receives a destitute allowance of Nu 1,200 a month as Kidu from His Majesty The King.

Calling themselves the Dzongkhag Khelang Tshogpa (dzongkhag voluntary committee), the group will provide help to the needy in all 11 gewogs of the dzongkhag.

The volunteers include staff of the dzongkhag and Shumar gewog administration, Denchi Dzong project, Pemagatshel hospital and regional forest division.

The committee’s secretary Karma Jigme said that although the committee was formed to provide immediate help to Dorji Gyeltshen, members decided to continue and provide help to others as well.

“We’re working on how to carry forward the committee so that our volunteerism continues,” he said. “We’ve made sure this time he has a toilet inside the house, and we’ve provided him with mattresses and blankets.”

Karma Jigme added this is one way of serving the people.

Dzongdag Namgay Phuntsho said they realised that volunteerism is fun has a deep bonding effect.

“We dedicate our humble contribution to the 109th National Day in the spirit of Meto Chungru Chhoedpi Zey (A flower, however small, is an ingredient of sacred offering) and that in the happy weave of Bhutanese society there is no room for anyone to feel neglected,” he said.

Yangchen C Rinzin | Samdrupjongkhar