Outdoor activities for children with disabilities to commemorate Gyaltsuen’s birthday

Dechen Dolkar

Thirty children with disabilities between the ages of 3 and 14 took part in an exclusive outdoor event at Centenary Park in Thimphu on June 4.

The event was to commemorate the 32nd birthday of His Majesty Gyaltsuen Jetsun Pema Wangchuck, who is the Royal Patron of ABS,

The children played outdoor games like balloons, pulling tails, crawling and painting by hand.

Organized by Ability Bhutan Society (ABS) and Bhutan Insurance Limited (BIL), the event aimed to promote community inclusion and build children’s confidence.

An ABS official said BIL supports the ABS cause by providing a donation box at its headquarters in Thimphu.

“On this very special occasion, BIL provided children with educational and nutritional products as part of the celebration and as part of their corporate social responsibility (CSR),” an official said.

Officials said they would welcome similar gestures from other stakeholders, such as government, companies, the business community and individuals.

“We need your constant support, guidance and encouragement at all times to continue working hard to serve this special group of people in our society with different needs and expectations,” an official said.

Meanwhile, the concept of ABS as a public benefit organization was conceived in 2007 by a couple of families with children of varying moderate to severe abilities, who often had to be left alone at home or at best with untrained caregivers.

Inspired by His Majesty the King’s far-sighted vision of a compassionate and just society, ABS was launched in recognition of the urgency to mainstream People with Disabilities (PWD), primarily focused on children and their families, who have special needs and deserve a space in the traditional Bhutanese society of a country at the forefront of development based on the value of Gross National Happiness.