March 2018
Happy International Day of Happiness and First Day of Spring! 
Transition: Preparing Children with Multiple Disabilities and Visual Impairment (MDVI) for School
The Bhutan Foundation organized a three-day workshop from March 2 nd to 4 th to provide children with multiple disabilities and visual impairment (MDVI) the support needed to prepare them for school. We worked in collaboration with Ability Bhutan Society (ABS) and with technical support from Perkins International. The workshop was conducted for parents and caregivers of children ages zero to six with MDVI. It was also extended to Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) facilitators and social workers from ABS. The training focused on helping parents understand what they can do at home so that their child is better prepared to go to day care or school, and understand the role day-care facilitators/educators can play to support the children's development.
According to Dr. Namita Jacob, one of the technical experts, "The hope is that the professionals and parents can work together to prepare the children for entry in schools. This is part of the transition plan that we are working on supporting children with MDVI in going to school."

Wangduechhoeling Palace: A New Phase
The Wangduechhoeling Palace restoration is now entering into a new phase, which will determine the future of the palace. This entails bringing back the use and art of traditional mineral paints, a practice that is dying in Bhutan with new acrylic paints entering the market. This next phase also includes creating appropriate fire mitigation and prevention, mechanical systems, and electrical systems. The palace aims to become a public space where Bhutanese and tourists can take a step back in time, experience the life of our former kings and queens, and enter Bumthang valley, the cultural heartland of Bhutan.
The Bhutan Foundation has been working in collaboration with the Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs, Division of Conservation of Heritage Sites, to restore the Wangduechhoeling Palace since 2012. After being neglected for 50 years, major restoration work has taken place at the palace, including restoration of the Lingkha Lhakhang (the monastery that lies within the palace grounds), restoration of the Shabkhor (the surrounding structure of the palace around the central tower), restoration of the Chhukhor Mani (water-run prayer wheels), restoration of the roof, and documentation of important aspects of the palace, the restoration work, and its history. This work has been possible thanks to all our partners and donors, including the U.S. Ambassador's Fund for Cultural Preservation. 
First-ever Advanced Trauma Life Support Training in Bhutan
Bhutan's first Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) training took place in Thimphu for 35 medical doctors, lecturers, and nurses from the Khesar Gyalpo University of Medical Sciences, regional hospitals, and basic health units from western and central parts of Bhutan. The three-day workshop taught our local doctors and health workers how to assess a patient's condition, resuscitate and stabilize, and determine if the patient needs further intensive care. The course delivered a safe and reliable method for immediate management of injured patients and addressed how to arrange a patient's inter-hospital transfer and assure that optimum care is provided throughout the process.
According to Mr. Ugyen Tshering, program officer of the Emergency Medical Services Division of the Ministry of Health, "this course will further help to provide adequate, timely, and effective trauma care that is life or limb saving for injured patients in the country."

Upcoming Event

Join the Bhutan Foundation with Dr. Karma Phuntsho at the Rubin Museum on March 31, 2018. 

Dr. Karma Phuntsho is one of the most renowned scholars and historians from Bhutan. His talk will highlight Padmasambhava (Guru Rimpoche's) influence and impact in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan. Dr. Phuntsho will place a particular emphasis on the legacy of concealed treasure teachings (terma), which Padmasambhava is believed to have transmitted through time and space to be uncovered decades and centuries later, and the treasure revealers (terton) who uncovered them. Click here for more information. 


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