Three days Tarayana fair will end today
Athree days 13th Tarayana Fair themes ‘celebrating the future’ which is dedicated to the Birth of His Royal Highness the Gyalsey Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck will end today.
The fair was inaugurated by the founder and the president of Tarayana Foundation Her Majesty the Queen Mother Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck at the new Tarayana Park in Chubachu.
During the opening of the fair, Her Majesty the Queen Mother said that “I am delighted that Tarayana Fair 2016 is dedicated to celebrating the Birth of HRH Gyalsey Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck.”
Her Majesty the Queen Mother added that we are most grateful to Their Majesties for this wonderful gift of peace, stability and hope of continue progress and prosperity for the people of Bhutan.
“The Royal Birth is our collective good fortune,” it is my prayer that Bhutan will grow from strength to strength and the future is brighter, added Her Majesty the Queen Mother.
Secretary general of the foundation, Chime P. Wangdi said that the foundation has started with the vision of Her Majesty the Queen Mother Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck’s vision with few volunteers in 2003 and has now grown to a family of 77 staffs, about 5000 students volunteers and few hundred professional from various fields from across the country volunteer is working hard so that no one is left behind.
She added that Tarayana has made significant progress in helping the remote communities to help themselves.
Around 50 representatives from many of our communities’ showcased their skills and sold their products and getting direct market feedback from public will help them and for the foundation to align their products to market demands and improve the quality standards, she added.
Her Majesty the Queen Mother added that Tarayana Foundation turn 13 this year and continues to touch and positively transformed the life of tens of thousands of people in the country particularly those living in the remote villages of rural Bhutan.
As of last year, Tarayana works in partnership with the Gross National Happiness Commission (GNHC) and with National Environment Commission (NEC) as local implementers of the project on the ground, added Her Majesty the Queen Mother.
“I believe this method of service delivery is bringing about quicker result whereby local com- munities are empowered to take the lead roles in bringing socioeconomic development at the grass root,” added Her Majesty the Queen Mother.
Her Majesty the Queen Mother added that this year we pause to reflect on the contribution made by Tarayana to the life’s of many remote communities whom they serve.
“I am both happy and proud of achievement made in improving life, living condition and livelihoods in the other served villages that contributing towards the national developmental goals,” said Her Majesty the Queen Mother.
Meanwhile, today Tarayana served about 305 villages across the country.
A wide range of altar is seen in the fair from Kenkhar under Mongar Dzongkhag ranges from Nu.38, 000 to Nu.80, 000 per altar.
Chimi Rinzin-49-year from Khenkhar came for the first time for the fair. He said that there are chances of getting lost of this tradition as earlier it is very difficult for them to get wood permit but these days with the help of the foundation it is very easy to get wood permit which encourage for them to work as they don’t have proper market.
He added that if the foundation doesn’t provide this type of platform to showcase their product to sale, it might have left in the villages itself.
Her Majesty The Queen Mother also awarded Tarayana’s meritorious awards to the three employees for their service in the field of community development and working for more than a decade in remote and rural communities. The award receiptants were Passang Tobgay, Namgay and Sonam Jamtsho.
Meanwhile, the annual Tarayana Fair will be held at the Tarayana Park from now onwards.