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.
watch 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.
DPAB initiated SPA Therapy training for persons with disabilities at Aman Kora hotel supported by Bhutan Foundation from 15th April 2014. It was part of the Association’s efforts to create employment opportunities for persons with disabilities by equipping them with relevant skills. Considering the rising trend of hotel and SPA industry in Bhutan, it was felt that training persons with disabilities in SPA Therapy would broaden their opportunities for employment in the future. Four PWDs (2 boys and 2 girls) some of whom had not even gone to school were selected for ten months training.
DPAB through the Normisjon funding (saving of 3 months office rent) sent four other PWDs (two boys and two girls) for similar training to Aman Kora in Paro from August 2014. It was a six-month training. Upon the completion of the course, the trainees were to be certified as professional SPA therapists. After the training, the participants were expected either to seek employment in resorts/hotels or start their own SPA business. The primary objective of initiating such a program was to help PWDs develop relevant professional skills so that they can get a decent job and live an independent life.