Punya Foundation comes to light, programs announced


With a slogan ‘Justice Seeking through Education and Empowerment,’ Punya Foundation has been officially announced today to recognize the sacrifices of Bhutanese martyrs.

Foundation’s chairman, Tek Bir Chhetri, in a media statement said that the Foundation is being set up in the memory of those who sacrificed their lives during their struggle for Human Rights and Democracy in Bhutan.

According to the media statement, exiled Bhutanese resettled in different western countries and those still living in Nepal have established a charity based welfare forum.

The statement further added that the Foundation intends to assists the children of martyrs, political prisoners and vulnerable children throughout the globe. Besides assisting widows of martyrs and rendered vulnerable children, the foundation will also work to preserve Bhutanese culture.

“The Foundation has an executive team of 33 people with coordinators in USA, Europe, Australia, Nepal and Bhutan,” said Chhetri.

The Foundation further stated that as its first activity, a three fold Martyr’s Salvation Program in accordance to Hindu, Buddhist and Christian methodology in Atlanta (USA), Nepal and Washington (USA) respectively during 24-26 December 2010 will be organised.

According to the statement, on the last day of the program, the foundation shall declare its scholarship program and call for applications.