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Friday, September 13, 2013

Community Service for Heritage Restoration

25th August 2013: 33 students of Samtengang MSS committed the day contributing labour towards a better purpose. The group along with their escort teacher(me) travelled to Wachen in Bjena gewog, Wangduephodrang to dedicate a day in the construction of the Wachen Dzong lhakhang. We reached the spot at 8 am and started off with a quick cup of tea and snacks. The students fought the blazing sun and their sweating bodies, carrying soil to the ceiling...up a long ladder and ramming it. It was hard labour yet a great deed. Students didn't mind the hitches or the heat as they know that it is all for a better purpose. Lunch was served grand and deliciously. It was sponsored by the shopkeepers of Tekizampa, a small highway town (if its right to say). Then the work resumed-refreshed and revitalized. The students also learnt about the significance of the dzong through the narration of the oral history by the head carpenter. We were also lucky to receive various sorts of refreshments from the local resisdents and few parents. The group committed,fill time, till 5 pm and it was a day filled with exhaustion and satisfaction. We want to come back and work...when can we come,sir?  was what they said at the end.

As the escort and the organiser, I am proud of my students for volunteering and contributing wholeheartedly in the program. With the grace of god and the students' behaviour, there weren't any sort of problems. 
The program is a part of UNESCO club's Community Service for Heritage Restoration Program and it was initiated by the club with support from the school administration. We would like to acknowledge the management for the meals and bus service for the program.

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