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International White Cane Safety Day

starting walk from DragtsoWhite Cane is a symbol of ability, not disability

On 15th October 2014, 200 participants participated in an advocacy walk organized by Muenselling Institute for the Visually Impaired to celebrate the International White Cane Safety Day. Participants included – Health officials, Royal Bhutan Police, principals, faculties and students from Sherubtse College, Jigme Sherubling High School and Khaling Lower Secondary School. The seven-kilometer walk started from Rongthung to Kanglung Primary School.

The walk created awareness on the importance of the white cane and sensitize the public at large to help raise voice for the visually impaired people across the country.

Prior to the walk, 57 teachers took part in a two-day sensitization workshop on Orientation and Mobility. The workshop highlighted the importance of O&M for the blind and focused on techniques to assist and guide visual impaired personals. The program was facilitated by international and local expertise.

Muenselling Institute has also procured 60 white canes for their students and staff.

This program was funded through the Bhutan Foundation’s Small Grants Program.

 

 

 

The Second Jomolhari Mountain Festival 2014

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The Bhutan Foundation congratulates our partners Jigme Dorji National Park (JDNP), Nature Recreation and Ecotourism Division (NRED) and the local communities, on having completed the second edition of the Jomolhari Mountain festival.

The Festival is an exquisitely themed two-day event celebrated, by communities located along one of the most scenic trekking routes in Bhutan, to promote eco-tourism, create awareness of Snow Leopard protection, and provide a platform to bring in opportunities for sustainable livelihood for the communities involved.

Find out more about the festival here.

 

Bhutan on National Geographic: a Frontier for Culture, Biodiversity, and Adventure

Tiger in Bhutan’s middle hills, in Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park. (Photo: UWICE/DoFPS)

“Bhutan straddles an area with high biodiversity richness—the Eastern Himalayas. Precipitation from the monsoons, great altitudinal variation, and its location connecting the Indian plains to the high Himalayan peaks on the edge of the Tibetan plateau allow for an amazing assemblage of biodiversity that is still being discovered today. Bhutan is the only place on Earth where snow leopards and tigers share the same habitat. Recent survey results show that both these endangered large cats are not only surviving, but thriving, in Bhutan. And this is only one example of how Bhutan is a coveted destination for scientific exploration and adventure,” writes Tshewang Wangchuk, the first Bhutanese National Geographic explorer, and Executive Director for the Bhutan Foundation in Washington, D.C .

Read the full article on National Geographic here.