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Empowerment of persons with disabilities


Despite financial constraints, DPAB set up a music group on 17th January 2013 and started to support them by providing temporary shelter and food which the group could not afford. The group comprising 7 members at the beginning mostly had visually impaired school dropouts who had difficulties getting employment. Coordinated by a visually impaired school leaver, Mr.Jigme Namgyal, the group was formed to give singers with disabilities a platform to develop and hone their singing skills. A number of traditional music instruments were procured for the group and a tutor was recruited to train them in music. In order to ensure systematic operation of the group, DPAB continues to supervise and guide the group regarding the planning and implementing its activities. The group is expected to perform on special occasions of the Association in addition to its own fund-raising activities.

Our main objectives to form this group are:

  • To help in supporting other disabled persons of Bhutan by generating income through
    musical performances.
  • To improve the quality of life and living conditions of persons with disabilities.
  • To create a platform to enable us to showcase the different abilities of persons with disabilities.
  • To enhance the skills and train the members to become professionals.
  • To create a respectful employment opportunities for persons with disabilities and help them
    live an independent life.
  • To raise awareness and advocate for the needs of people with disabilities

The group has been named Semkyi Zhidey Luyang and the members performed on various occasions as well as fund-raising events. The members are trained on a number of traditional instruments. Some of the members are even illiterate and it has been a very good opportunity for them to remain meaningfully engaged and acquire new skills that can enhance their capacity to live a meaningful life later.