2nd CSO FAIR 6th-7th, November, 2016
Her Majesty, The Gyaltsuen, graced the opening of the 2nd Civil Society Fair at the Coronation Park, Changlimithang,Thimphu on 6th of November, 2016. A total number of 34 CSOs in Bhutan took active participation in the two-day Fair.
The theme of this Fair was “Celebrating Civil Society”, and the exhibits of the Fair were based on the four pillars/ nine domains of Gross National Happiness. The main purpose of the Fair was to showcase the work of civil society in contributing to the nation building; to highlight some of the needs of civil society organizations – and to generate public interest in supporting their work.
Further, it also provided a platform and opportunities to promote networking and collaboration among the CSOs to strengthen the positive social impact.
As the Royal Patron of a number of Civil Society Organizations including the Ability Bhutan Society, the Royal Society for Protection of Nature and Bhutan Kidney Foundation, Her Majesty has been an integral part of CSOs in Bhutan.
Tarayana Foundation also took part in Fair and had two members from the Self Help Group in Tsento, Paro, demonstrating dry felting. The Fair was organized by the CSO Core Committee comprised of nine members from different CSOs including Tarayana Foundation. Helvetas Swiss Interco-operation supported this event financially.
The first CSO Fair was held in 2013, coinciding with the Royal Wedding Anniversary.
This year has also been the momentous and milestone year for the Tarayana Foundation as the Founder or the President of Tarayana Foundation, Her Majesty the Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck has received the prestigious Pope Francis Charity and Leadership Award on 25th October, 2016.