Bhutan4 Nepal cit­i­zens’ ini­tia­tive hands over 3.05 mil­lion to Kidu Foun­da­tion

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Bhutan4Nepal citizen’s ini­tia­tive hands over Nu. 3.05 , which was col­lected over a pe­riod of 45 days to the Gyalpo Zimpo last Wed­nes­day. The ini­tia­tive, which was launched on 26th April, was inspired by His Majesty’s com­mand to send the med­i­cal and re­lief team to Nepal and also when a fam­ily mem­ber do­nated fund for those af­fected by the Nepal earth­quake through an in­ter­na­tional NGO. The or­ga­nizer and the Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of Bhutan Media Foun­da­tion Dawa Pen­jor used Face book and Twit­ter, to ex­plore the pos­si­bil­ity of a county wide fund rais­ing ef­fort in a con­certed ef­fort to raise a sub­stan­tial amount of money and make it a Bhutanese cit­i­zens’ ef­fort. Dawa said, “When I put the re­quest on Face­book, I was un­sure and un­cer­tain of the re­sponse. But within 12 hours the ini­tia­tive went vi­ral. Many friends from Bhutan and from around the world re­sponded to my call. I was inspired to build my ef­fort and go an ex­tra mile to raise the fund.” Over the next one month he reached out to more than 5000 peo­ple, of which 95% were Bhutanese. Dawa said, “I did not have a fund tar­get in mind and nei­ther set one. I left it for the donors to make it grow. I was over­whelmed to be con­tacted by Bhutanese from all over Bhutan and abroad. They wanted to join the cam­paign and start par­al­lel ini­tia­tive to raise funds within their com­mu­nity and net­work. I was de­lighted to be be able to pro­vide a plat­form and in­spire the Bhutanese citizen’s to con­trib­ute dur­ing this dif­fi­cult tragedy. The suc­cess of the ini­tia­tive is solely cred­ited to the donors.” The cam­paign was started at a peo­ple-to-peo­ple level ini­tia­tive, in or­der to show Bhutanese sol­i­dar­ity, em­pa­thy and moral re­spon­si­bil­ity to sup­port and help Nepalese friends who are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the worst nat­u­ral dis­as­ter that has claimed thou­sands of lives and de­stroyed prop­er­ties. He said, Nepal is not only our neigh­bor, but also a much-vis­ited pil­grim­age and busi­ness des­ti­na­tion. More­over, many Bhutanese have fam­i­lies and friends there. The ini­tia­tive was de­signed to reach do­na­tions to ground zero and ben­e­fit the peo­ple who are af­fected by the earth­quake and not go to those who do not de­serve. The Kidu Foun­da­tion will iden­tify the needs in Nepal and will make the de­liv­er­ies ac­cord­ingly. The list of donors along with the amount shall be pub­lished in the media for trans­parency and ac­count­abil­ity. The donors will also re­ceive a re­ceipt for tax ex­emp­tion and the de­tail of the spend­ing will be pro­vided to the donors. The cam­paign of­fi­cially closed on 15th June 2015 but those who are in­ter­ested to do­nate for Bhutan4Nepal can di­rectly con­tact the Kidu Foun­da­tion.

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