Involving Bhutan Media Society (BMS), BRAIN (Bhutanese Refugee Association of Intelligent Novas) and Camp Management Committee of Beldangi camp, Australia-based Punya Foundation held an empowerment program in Beldangi-II, Tuesday.
Aimed at empowering vulnerable population of the camps, local partners in Nepal organized ‘community empowerment through various cultural and literary activities’ involving school children, general refugees and representatives of various camp-based organizations, according to BMS Regional Coordinator, Tilak Niraula.
Sponsored by the Foundation, the event saw single person open dance competition and inter-school extempore speech competition. The best three participants were awarded with prizes and certificates, Niraula said.
In addition, songs, dances, drama and Bhailini were performed as the program was organized coinciding the 103rd anniversary of famous Nepalese poet Laxmi Prasad Devkota.
Chief Guest of the program and reckon folk singer, Lakshi Prasad Joshi, entertained the audience with his famous song ‘Riting Riting Nabajau Binayo’, which he first recorded some 60 years ago.
Speaking at the program, Camp Secretary Dhan Bir Subba appreciated the Foundation’s efforts in bringing such a program in the camps.
“The Foundation’s scholarship program has already started motivating our students. Now, the community is happy to receive empowerment program,” said Subba.
While, Manager of the Bhutan Media Society, Vidhyapati Mishra, thanked all those who were involved in assisting BMS in implementing the Foundation’s empowerment program.
A dozen of camp-based organizations, volunteers and community workers extended their helping hands to make the event a grand success.