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Abandoned family finds hope

Charity: Namgay Lhamo’s youngest son was only ten months old when her husband abandoned the family in 2012. For a mother of four, life had suddenly turned upside down.

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A school for eight students

The ECR is likely to close down from the next academic session

Education: Despite having to walk for more than an hour to reach his school, nine-year-old Kinley Wangchuk’s parents are not willing to send him to a central school.

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Being better parents

Teachers, parents, and their children come together to solve an emerging problem

Parenting: “Two things I dislike are alcohol and We-Chat. These make my parents quarrel,” read one of the quotes on a board at the Khasadrapchu middle secondary school (KMSS).

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Bumthaps love their sunflower seeds

Culture: Elsewhere in the world, sunflower is cultivated for oil extraction. This is not the case is in Bumthang. They cultivate sunflowers for the seeds. The seeds are a popular snack for the Bumthaps.

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The medicine man of Tsirang

Profile: Fifty-nine-year-old Partiman Aley of Tsirang has kept his ancestral herbal medicinal practice alive. He clearly remembers the day he began learning the secrets of herbal medicine in 1967 from his grandfather. He was 10 years old. He accompanied his grandfather into the high Himalayas in search of herbal plants. …

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