On December 9, the Boulder Dushanbe Board along with BDSC members and other interested parties joined a Zoom meeting to discuss BDSCs activities and accomplishments for the year of 2020. In spite of this difficult year, in which we experienced the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 was rather productive for BDSC. Here are some of the achievements we discussed in the Annual Meeting:
In summer 2020, BDSC raised and sent money to Tajikistan to assist the COVID-19 pandemic. We raised $7000, from various sources, including $800 donated from the BDSC budget, and several hundred more dollars from BDSC members and friends. We sincerely appreciate the efforts of all those who contributed!
In 2020, BDSC supported the landmarking of the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse. It is now officially landmarked, which protects it from any changes not approved by the Boulder Landmarks Board.
With the help of our Communications Assistant, Itgelmaa Chavgaa, we created a website and social media accounts - Instagram and LinkedIn. Here are the links for all of our social media platforms.
In 2020, BDSC supported the creation of a public sign with information about the Teahouse’s history to be placed near the front gate of the building’s premises. BDSC board members worked with professionals from the design firm Stantec to create the sign by supplying photos and historical information. We expect the sign to be installed in the early months of 2021.
BDSC established regular communication with Abdulhamid Aliev, who is now the Director of the State Unit Enterprise “Friendship Center / Cyber Café.” We hope that the Friendship Center and its activities will thrive under Mr. Aliev’s leadership.
BDSC also faced several challenges in 2020, especially due to the pandemic:
In the face of Covid-19, activities sponsored by the BDSC Board transitioned primarily into meetings held through the video conferencing platform Zoom.
In 2020, due to the pandemic, BDSC was unable to host an Open World visit of Tajik professionals to Boulder that traditionally takes place annually.
In fall 2020, BDSC board members had planned a tour to Tajikistan for local Boulderites and other interested individuals. The BDSC Board is hoping to schedule a tour for the fall of 2021.
The year 2020 was a challenging year for Boulder Dushanbe Sisters Cities (and certainly others). Nevertheless, our organization's members initiated a great deal of effort to support our friends in Tajikistan affected by the pandemic, in addition to other impactful activities. We are excited to see what 2021 brings as we continue to energetically carry out the mission of BDSC.
Link to the Zoom meeting recording