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