Welcome back Desuup Denkar, cheered a friend of mine. He continued…. now that you have the ‘title’ Desuup, when are you changing your Facebook Name?
I instantly replied its not just the mere title, it’s the title that has in it the sheer sense of duty and responsibility that benefits the wellbeing of community across the country and most importantly the opportunity to be in an orange fraternity is the gift from His Majesty the King himself.
Dessuup is the highest form of the voluntary act in Bhutan. The volunteers wearing an orange uniform will be easily spotted in any event of disasters, charitable work and celebration to help. The first syllable of the word “De”(bde) originates from the word “Dekyid” meaning peace or tranquillity and “De” is commonly understood to be the shortened version of Dekyid.
The second syllable “Suung”(Srung) is commonly referred to as the act of guarding or protecting. Therefore, the phrase – “De-Suung” means “Guardians of Peace”. Desuups are volunteers from all walks of life. From the graduates to the executives of the country, the orange dress unifies all Bhutanese and promotes community vitality.
The main aims and objectives of Desuung are to cultivate the values of amity, allegiance, unity and harmony, to encourage all citizens to be active in the greater role of nation-building. To provide useful and appropriate skills and knowledge in the field of disaster management. To instil a greater sense of community, harmony and cooperation as a group and individual members of society. To instil good human traits and values such as discipline, integrity, teamwork, commitment and dedication to work, respect for elders and seniors, sense of ownership, accountability and responsibility and to enhance the spirit of Volunteerism and to undertake charitable work.
Desuups program first started in 2011 under the patronage of His Majesty the 5th King of Bhutan. As per the Command of His Majesty The King, the Desuung Integrated Training Programme and Desuung Accelerated Programme are instituted to be a value-based personal development program with the main objective to encourage all citizens to be active in the greater role of nation-building. Through these training programmes, all Desuup trainees are expected to appreciate the sense of community, harmony and cooperation as a group and as active members of society. Desuung Accelerated Programme focuses mainly on public health and security, to prepare the desuups to support health workers in combating COVID- 19 if necessary.
The underlying premise of the training programme is built upon the spirit of “volunteerism” and the positive influence of ethics and values of community service, integrity and civic responsibility. It is also expected that any citizen who has undergone this training programme actively volunteers during disaster operations, participate in charitable activities and be of service to others throughout our lives.
Talks about the journey towards becoming the full-fledge desuup, my personal narratives of becoming a Proud Desuup of Bhutan and fulfilling my dream to be with the orange Fraternity.