At the Third Bongop Tshogpa meeting, 36 Bongops attended the meeting. This includes 15 from Bongo, 9 from Baikuenza, two each from Phasuma and Zamsa, one from Ketokha and three of our Bongop In-Laws.
We would like to share summary of the events and discussion we had among us and also share brief of the outcomes from the meeting.
The meeting began with recollection of the second Tshogpa meeting held in August 2014. In it, the main highlight was on the Terms of Reference (ToR) of the Tshogpa which was adopted during the meeting. Next we discussed the Tshogpa functionaries who were appointed at the second meeting and the roles assigned against each of them.
Next from the recollection of the second meeting was the fund contributors. The total funds collected until now was shared with the group. We also touched on our Tshogpa utensils.
Then the major chunk of the morning meeting time was spent on updating the Tshogpa activities from 2014 till this day. The activities done till now was broadly categorised into three types.
- Community promotion activities
- Community development activities
- Youth development activities
In the Community promotion activities the following were included and informed to the group:
① Hosting of Bongop Community Website
② Camera Donation to Schools
③ Documentation of Phasuma and Bongo Lhakhang Documents
In the Community development activities, the following were included and discussed at the meeting:
- Support to Cleaning Campaigns in different villages
- Support to Aum Nakim of Phasuma during fire disaster
- Support to Phuntsho Tashi of Jungley
- Tarayana Jacket Distribution
- Phasuma AMC Cardamom Drier installation
- Via University, Denmark Professor’s visit to Bongo
- JICA Deputy RR visit and Kitchen Utensil Rack for Jungley to improve sanitation
- Bongo Village Toilet Project
In the Youth development activities we informed the group about:
- Bongop Youth Meet and
- Pakshikha Education Camp
There was tea break and after the break, a quick run through was done to broadcast the names of Bongops and In-Laws who have contributed to the Bongop Tshogpa Fund since its initiation in 2014. Please refer to the contributor’s list to see them. We also shared the names and pictures of those who have contributed to the cleaning campaign and to the support of Aum Nakim of Phasuma whose house was destroyed by fire.
After lunch session was more interesting in the sense that the crux of the concern of every Bongop was shared. The issues and challenges facing Bongops were shared to the meeting. We then divided ourselves into five groups of five persons each to discuss and find solution to the issues we Bongops now face. It was very interesting when the group members presented. We leave it here as it will be subject of our next post on our website.
In brief, the main outcome from this meeting was:
- That our proposal to have three types of Tshogpa fund was not accepted by the group. So Bongop Tshogpa Account remains as one account only. But unlike in the past where we are not allowed to spend from the account, from this meeting, we decided that we can use Tshogpa fund for different activities as per agreement by the Chairman.
- Announcement of the acceptance of donations for the Tshogpa fund: That from today, we announce that we are accepting voluntary donations for the Bongop Tshogpa fund.
- New appointment and re-appointment of Tshogpa post holders: Dasho Kinley Dorji was unanimously re-appointed as the Tshogpa Chairman. Lopen Pem Gyelsthen has resigend as the Vice Chairman. So Sonam Jamba from Baikuenza is our Vice Chairman. Tshogpa Treasurer is Choden and Tshogpa Secretary remains same.
- We then set the way forward and the activities for our Tshogpa, which will be the subject of the last post in this series.
We hope you have got a general idea about how the discussions have gone through at the one day meeting. We also hope this post helped many of our interested Bongops who have not been able to attend the meeting to get the overall idea. We will also bring more details in the comings posts on the discussions and resolutions.