Bhutan Read to Light (འབྲུག་སྒྲ་མཛོད་སྒྲོན་མེ།) Project
As the two kingdoms, Bhutan and Thailand mark the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations in many ways this year. Loden Foundation and Thai Blind Foundation is pleased to dedicate our Bhutan Read to Light (འབྲུག་སྒྲ་མཛོད་སྒྲོན་མེ།) Project to mark this joyous occasion as a first civil collaboration between Bhutan and Thailand.
The project aimed at improving access to knowledge and books for the people living with visual impairment and reading difficulty in Bhutan by creating an audio book platform for reading and listening is initiated in 2017. The initiative is a fruitful outcome of an informal meeting of Loden with the members of Thai Blind Foundation, which own the Read for the Blind mobile application and its technical developer and sponsor Mr. Natwut in December 2016. The Read for the Blind mobile application owned by Thai Blind Foundation was developed and sponsored by Mr Natwut Amornvivat and his team of application developers and philanthropists. The integration of Bhutanese version for Bhutanese beneficiaries is also sponsored by Mr. Natwud while Thai Blind Foundation offered its support to host the application and grant the use of the same platform for free.
The project also bring together local stakeholders like, DPAB, Ability Bhutan Society,DDC, REC and MoE together to achieve a shared interest and objective to improve access to knowledge for our disabled community, especially those with problem of reading ability. Bhutan Foundation is the key funding partner in Bhutan supporting content creation, promotion and enhancement of the utility of the application in Bhutan. The project also aims to create an audio books library in Munseling school for blinds in Kanglung Tashigang.
Last week the Bhutan Read to Light project team hosted the members of Thai Blind Foundation and Mr. Natwud to review the application and to meet with key stakeholders successfully discussing way forward as we progress towards the launching of the mobile application.
The application is expected to Launch by end of this year as a part of the events marking the 30th anniversary of Bhutan-Thailand diplomatic relations in partnership with local organization for people living with disability.