Hailing from a remote village in Lhuntshi in the easternmost part of Bhutan, Thinley Dorji was a student at the CTAS who had joined the school in 2002 and successfully graduated in 2009. Due to financial difficulties and personal circumstances, he was forced to drop out of primary school in 3rd grade. Today he is standing on his own feet, while supporting his parents and three siblings and says that CTAS has made this possible and attending the school had been the best decision of his life.
“The school has provided me the opportunity to develop myself and now, not only am I able to support my family but I can also give back to the school by supporting the school as the chairman of the Alumni Association. Supporting the school in every possible way has given me immense joy and satisfaction and I am glad that this year we were able to successfully bring many alumni resources and experts that helped the school. I hope to be able to continuously support the school”.
Today he is working with another successful alumni, Sangay Tenzin, who had graduated from the school in 2007. Sangay Tenzin has repeatedly proved to be a role model and an inspiration for the students at CTAS and provides employment opportunities for our students. Thinley Dorji has collaborated with Sangay Tenzin on numerous occasions and carried out many projects together. Some of his works can be seen in the Kilikha Monastery in Mongar and Sefu Monastery in Wangdiphodrang. Thinley Dorji talks about the incredible progress he has made since the beginning.
“I am proud to see my works all over the country and being able to uphold our traditions and preserving our arts and crafts is something that I take great pride in. I am grateful to the school and all the well-wishers and supporters who have created such an opportunity and paving a bright future for youths like us. I wouldn’t be where I am without it and I am thankful and happy to be where I am now.”