Archive for August, 2010

August 31, 2010

first piano tuner bhutan – samten chhophel

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A Yamaha Grand Piano arrived in Thimphu – Bhutan in November 2008. It had been shipped from the Netherlands, crossed the oceans, was loaded on a truck in Calcutta and travelled up into the mountains of Bhutan. The instrument was a gift, through bhutan+partners, for the people of Bhutan to celebrate the coronation and the royal centenary. The piano was slightly damaged but sounded great after having been tuned by Simon Jorritsma, from the Netherlands. At that time there was no Bhutanese piano tuner in the country. Bhutan+partners committed itself to have a young talented musician trained as part of the grand piano project.
Samten Chhophel was selected in 2008 and followed a one-year training course in piano repair and tuning, at the HMC training institute in Amsterdam, the Netherlands in 2009-2010.
Recently, in august 2010, Samten assisted in repairing the grand piano and tuned the grand piano at the Royal Banquet hall in Thimphu as well as other pianos in Thimphu. Repairing and tuning were the final assignments for Samten,
Simon Jorritsma, coordinator at the institute and one of Samten’s teachers, was enthusiastic about the result. Samten had delivered well-tuned instruments and the grand piano was ready for a concert. Compliments for Samten followed and he received his certificate at a formal gathering in Thimphu where members of the Kilu Music school and family members were present.
Samten is now employed as junior teacher at the Kilu Music School.

August 30, 2010

update sport program

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The Sport program in Bhutan is taking shape after the meetings and workshops held in June and July 2010, and decisions taken at that time.
Ms Rinzin Wangmo, Karma Lam, Kesang and Tshewang  discussed and finalize plans for the youth centre renovation and the sports facility construction. Ms Rinzin submitted a list of items to be purchased for the up gradation of the centre.  Estimates are being prepared for  the painting, grill works, and flooring. Unless skilled labors are required most of the work will be done by the youth. The team plans to complete this work by the end of September.
DYS and the team from YDF are working together on the construction of the sport facility and  the Engineering Cell of the RBP has been asked to prepare an estimate for the construction.
Small meetings were held between Kesang, Tashi and some of the youth. These meetings decided that every month, at least 2 youth forums will be held. The youth also decided on colors for painting the centre, and volunteered to help in the overall renovation works. For painting work, Asha Karma of Vast will be requested to supervise and advise. The meeting also agreed that Nala (Chang Jiji youth) would be a core member among the youth and would work in close conjunction with our staff. He is also a resident of Chang Jiji.
Lama Zhenphen agreed to start meditation classes for the youth from the 19th of September every Sunday from 11am – 12pm at the youth centre in Chang JiJi. We also plan to approach Xochi from VAST to help us with art and sculpturing class, and Jurmey the executive editor for the Drukpa magazine to help with articles related to our project, and the youth in Chang Jiji.
Hirimo from DYS, a JOCV volunteer also agreed to help with the art and craft class, which will be held every Saturday once the program list has been finalized.
To be continued!
Karma Lam Dorji and Kesang Phuntsho Tshering

August 9, 2010

bhutan+partners visit bhutan, July 2010

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Henk de Jong, director bhutan+partners, visited Bhutan in July 2010 and was accompanied by  Mr. Mark Blankwater and Ms Meinou Steemers. Both Meinou and Mark worked with Bhutanese partners on the Sport Coalitions in Action program.
Bhutan+Partners board member Mrs. Corinne Heijn and her family visited Bhutan on a private trip. Mrs. Heyn took the opportunity to meet Bhutan business women.

Besides meetings concerning the sportsprogram Henk de Jong met with government officials, the business community and donors on the future CSR business programs and the documentary on the glacial lakes, Henk met with Her Majesty the Queen, Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck at a function in Chang JiJi and with the Prime Minister of Bhutan Lyonchhen Jigmi Y Thinley for an interview on climate change.
Also witnessed was the world cup football final 2010 at the press club in Thimphu with Bhutanese and Dutch friends. The Dutch team did not win the cup despite support from many in Bhutan.
A trade mission to Bhutan on CSR business is planned for November 2010.