Chuzagang Gewog in Gelephu Dungkhag was connected to the rest of the world with the coming of Internet facilities at its local READ Center.
On February 16, 2014 Internet was formally inaugurated attended by local leaders, CAFCO officials, teachers, students, Chuzagang residents and READ Bhutan officials.
This is the first time Chuzagang residents are getting public access Internet services in their community. Chuzagang Gewog comprises of five Chiwogs and 487 households. The Gewog is a home to more than 4,000 people who are mostly farmers. During the monsoon, the Gewog is cut off from the Gelephu town, making it difficult for community members to commute or access resources and supplies.
“We have been trying to provide Internet services at Chuzagang READ Center for a long time now,” says Ms. Thinley Choden, the Country Director of READ Bhutan. “But it was difficult in absence of proper infrastructure. We are very happy now that we could finally bring public access Internet to Chuzagang through the READ Center. We hope that the facilities benefit the community.”
Chuzagang residents can do so much with Internet in their community. People can now avail faster services and avoid frequent trips to Gelephu town in order to browse information on the net. Youth can expect much more.
“This is very good news for the people of Chuzagang,” says Mr. Kinzang Dorji, the Manager of Chuzagang Agricultural Farmers Cooperatives (CAFCO). “The free Internet services at the Chuzagang READ Center will provide opportunities for the youth and school-dropouts for now they can explore various employment and training opportunities available in the country using the net. Otherwise they are cut off from the rest of the country.”
READ Bhutan subscribed to TashiCell to provide dedicated leased-line Internet connection to Chuzagang READ Center. The Center was established in October 2013 at Thongjabi Village with the fund raised by a 13-year-old girl, Claire Thomsen from the US.