CSOs showcase their work and products
Her Majesty the Gyaltsuen graced the two-day CSO Fair in Thimphu on 6 November.
The annual civil society organization fair brings together most registered CSOs to showcase their mandates. The purpose of 2016 CSO fair was to showcase the work of civil society in contributing to common interests and good and to mark the needs of CSOs, and to generate public interest in supporting their work.
The fair provided a platform for CSOs, both registered and unregistered, to promote networking and collaboration to strengthen their positive social impacts.
Titled “Celebrating Civil Society”, the fair presented the roles and works of CSOs in complementing the work of government.
CSOs play a significant role in achieving the country’s development goals as the they operate in constructive partnership with the government to advance public interest socio-economically, culturally and environmentally.
The fair showcased a variety of products made by different CSOs.
The fair provided an opportunity to the visitors to become members, partners or volunteers of CSOs.
CSOs in Bhutan work in the areas ranging from media and democracy, poverty alleviation, environment, music, and culture, among others.
SAARC Business Association of Home-based Workers (SABAH) is one of the organizations mostly helping women where weaving is practiced. It provides basic business management and entrepreneur skills to women.
Kelzang, 35, said, “SABAH has my life shine.” She said that after becom- ing a member of SABAH, she knows how to design products, tailoring, and marketing processes.
Tarayana Foundation has helped more than 1,000 families by providing shelter till 2015. It also helps educate young children mostly in rural areas.
Likewise, Bhutan Kidney Foundation has organized a nationwide sensation program to create awareness among people on kidney-related diseases.
Besides social and environment related organizations, CSOs working for media and journalism help promote journalism in the mainstream news media and encourage media literacy among media consumers.
The official CSO system was established in 2007 after the Civil Society Organizations Act of Bhutan formalized and recognized the CSO sector in the country.
This year, CSO fair was built around a thematic exhibition using the four pillars and nine domains of Gross National Happiness.
Thirty-four out of 46 registered CSOs came together to mark the day.
The program ended on 7 November.