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Resettled Bhutanese donate Rs 1.16 million for fire victims

Damak, May 13, 2011: Bhutanese refugees resettled in various western countries have donated Rs 1,162,676 (US $ 16,610) to fire victims of Goldhap and Sanischare refugee camps of Jhapa and Morang districts.

Some of Non-Resident Nepalis from Australia also participated in the donation drive conducted by Melbourne-based Bhutanese Parsuram Sharma Luintal and contributed Rs 256,781.

The donations from Bhutanese resettled in United States, Australia, the Netherlands, Norway, Denmark and United Kingdom were able available to individual refugee of both the camps through Bhutan Media Society (BMS), Kathmandu.

BMS distributed the collected donations to refugees of Goldhap and Sanischare from May 10 –13 involving volunteers from various camp-based organizations and camp management committees of both the camps.

“During the course of distribution, 1424 children received Rs 240 and 2959 adult refugees got Rs 260 on individual basis,” BMS coordinator Jeetan Subba said.

Of this, donation from the Association of Bhutanese in Norway, the highest contribution the society received went to 676 children. Altogether, 4383 affected refugees belonging to fire-gutted 751 huts in two UN-monitored camps received the contributions.

Affected refugees of Goldhap camp received Rs 788,040 and those of Sanischare camp Rs 349,860, according to Subba.

Coordinator Subba further mentioned that around a dozen of community organizations of resettled Bhutanese extended their helping hands to their fellow-countrymen.

Those organizations included Association of Nepali Speaking Bhutanese in Denmark (US $ 1965), Bhutanese Community Resource Center, USA (US $ 1493), Bhutanese Community of California (US $1116), Bhutanese Community in Melbourne (AU $1015), Bhutanese Society of Kentucky, (US $ 806) and Bhutanese Community in the Netherlands (510 Euros) among others.

BMS, a platform of refugee journalists, has been involved in a series of community works since 2004 and had conducted similar donation drives during similar mishaps in the past in coordination with the refugee-run Bhutan News Service.