Bongop Tshogpa Fund Balance as of 30 Sept 2017 is Nu. 32,722 and Chhetrum 59

Today we would like to account for the expenditure and balance of our Bongop Tshogpa Fund.  During the Third Tshogpa Meeting, one of the important recommendations was that any Bongop who needs to perform activities and have to make expenditure for the benefit of all Bongops needs to be reimbursed from the Tshogpa fund.

Many of the Bongop Tshogpa activities are in the villages and honestly, it is taxing and expensive to make frequent trips to the villages to know the status and also monitor the activities. We have few already ongoing and will be updated at the right time when the activities are completed.

The Tshogpa Account was activated on 1st August 2014. As of 30 September 2017, our account balance is exactly Nu. 50,111.59 (fifty thousand one hundred eleven and chhetrum fifty nine). But this amount is excluding few ad-hoc deposits made by the Bongops in between. So today, we would like to find the Net amount remaining in our Bongop Tshogpa Account.

Sangay Thinley, Lekey Wangdi and Sangay Tshering made few expenditure from their own pockets for the benefit of all Bongops and haven’t claimed the refund from the Tshogpa fund. We would like to refund them the amount they have made by them personally. On the other side, we also have left few amount of money which are yet to deposit in the Tshogpa Account. This is also recovered today through this accounting.

Firstly the gross fund balance of our Tshogpa Fund:

 

 

Expenses made by the three Bongops on different expenditure heads are as reflected below in the table:

Gross Reimbursement to Sangay Thinley  
Sl NoType of ExpenditureCost (Nu)
1Two Tea Flasks purchased as replacemnt in August 20161100
2Expenditure for food and drinks in Bongo village during Danish Professor visit1350
3Fuel for Karma Chethay Bolero to drive Mr. Tshewang, Guide of Danish Professors to Bongo1000
4Fuel for Karma Chethay Bolero to drive Sho Takano to Jungley and Phasuma1000
5Research Assitant fee paid to Mr. Dawa of Phasuma, Ex student of Pakshikha Central School to do research on Pakshikha student marks2000
6Pakshikha student education materials8320
7Wisdom Magazine arhive purchase and subscription2230
7Cost of One LPG Gas Cylinder Usage during Tshogpa Meeting540
Total17540
Gross Reimbursement to Sangay Tshering
1Airfare for Bongop Taekwondo player Phuntsho from Jungley10350
Total10350
Gross Reimbursement to Lekey Wangdi
1Vehicle hire charges for delivery of Tarayana jackets to Bongo and Baeyulkuenzang6000
2Biscuits and refreshments purchased at Youth Meet and mobile voucher to volunteers1500
Total7500

Refunds that needs to be paid to Sangay Thinley, Lekey Wangdi and Sangay Tshering are as reflected below:

 Refundable by Lekey Wangdi Cost (Nu.)    
1Sangay Tshering Youth Seed Money10000
2Ugay Contribution3000
Total13000
Refundable by Sangay Thinley
1Aou Chimi Contribution1000
2Aou Tshering (Daughter of Dasho BT Dorji) contribution3000
3Dawa Yangchen Contribution1000
Total5000
1Net Payable to Sangay Thinley12540
2Net Payable to Lekey Wangdi-5500
3Net Payable to Sangay Tshering10350

With this deductions, the total fund balance of our Tshogpa Fund as of 30 September 2017 is 32,722 (Thirty Two Thousand Seven Hundred Twenty Two and Chhetrum Fity Nine)

ReimbursementsTotal (Nu)
Total Tshogpa Fund Balance50111.59
After reimburse to Sangay Thinley37571.59
After reimburse by Lekey Wangdi43071.59
After reimburse to Sangay Tshering32721.59
Remaining Tshogpa Fund Balance as of 30 September 201732722.59

With this, we would like to thank every Bongop who have supported Bongop Tshogpa financially as well as in different ways. All Bongops remain grateful for your kindness and look forward to more support.

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Aum Passa Bidha and Sangay Dorji (Tsagay) donates one 5 Litre rice cooker and a 3 Litre water boiler

All Bongops remain thankful to Aum Passa Bidha and Sangay Dorji (Tsagay) for donating a 5 Litre rice cooker and a 3 Litre water boiler for common use by all Bongops. Both of them have been very supportive to all Bongops from the very beginning itself when the idea of forming Bongop Tshogpa was initially started.

Sangay Dorji (Tsagay) is indeed the first person who started contributing for the Bongop Tshogpa in year 2014 when the Bongop Tshogpa Fund was opened for the first time. His single contribution started a chain of events which finally led to what Bongop Tshogpa is today.

The rice cooker that the two siblings donated will be immensely useful for all Bongops. Currently, Bongop Tshogpa has one 10 Litre rice cooker, which is sometimes too big to cook for only few people at mass gatherings.

So to all Bongops who spare your precious time to read this short post, please pass the word around of such good deeds by a fellow Bongop among us. We will all benefit from the kind heart of few like them. We assure to take utmost good care of the two utilities they have donated for all Bongops and hope to spread the benefit to as many Bongops and other people as possible.

Bongop Tshogpa thanks Aum Passa Bidha and Sangay Dorji (Tsagay) for your kindness and generosity for the benefit of all Bongops.

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Farm Road construction to Baeyul Kuenzang begins

A major milestone in the lives of Bongops of Baeyul Kuenzang and Geduphu village was achieved on Monday 25 September when the farm road construction was officially opened by His Excellency the Home Minister Lyonpo Dawa Gyaltshen in presence of the Dasho Dzongdag of Chukha and Dzongkhag and Gewog officials.

The road construction to Baeyul Kuenzang is different from other methods of road construction by the government. It will be done by our Gewog. As you remember, one Excavator each was supplied to each Dzongkhag by the government. The Excavator for Chukha Dzongkhag will be used for road construction to Baeyul Kuezang. The fuel for the use of Excavator will be supplied from the Gewog Development Grant (GDG) (edited as ” The fuel for use of Excavator will be supplied from the Dzongkhag Development Grant” as per clarification from Chukha Dzongkhag Administration).

This is a new model of doing construction and shows the increased involvement of our people and the Gewog. A Lajab (Supervisor) of the road construction work was also appointed on the same day by the public of Baeyul Kuenzang. We are positive that it will be a success but also feel apprehensive that such new models may encounter some challenges in its implementation.

As a Bongop, we have to be active and we should ensure that the road to Baeyul Kuenzang is successfully constructed and such models of increased involvement of our villagers should be encouraged and replicated to other communities.

Further, we are also happy that one of our Tshogpa Administrators had the pleasure to interact with the Dzongkhag officials and had the opportunity to submit about our Bongop Tshogpa activities to our Dasho Dzongdag.

On the sidelines, Dasho Dzongdag also visited Bjimichu area and interacted with the public and shopkeepers of Bjimichu. Discussions were held with the shopkeepers to find out if they faced any issues. Few issues like a 100-meter diversion road from Lhamoizhingkha highway to Bjimichu was discussed. Dasho agreed informally to allow the short road diversion to be constructed. We hope to submit to Dasho Dzongdag and the Dzongkhag the exact physical feature of the required road area.

All in all, it was a great day to see all our people of Baeyul Kuenzang and Geduphu at the road opening. A grand lunch was served by the Gewog. Our Bongo Gup Tshering Nidup was very active and practical in many aspects. He did so many things physically on his own for the grand event. Our Mangmi Sonam Choden and Baeyul Kuenzang Tshogpa Yeshey Choden’s role was very crucial for the success of the day. These two ladies worked from being a cook to a tea server to representing as a public elected figure. We have to appreciate the strength and stamina of these two women.

The public were very cooperative and Akhu Rinchen Gyeltshen and all others from Baeyul Kuenzang played active parts. Mr. Tshering Penjor (Pako) drove all the way from Phuentsholing to Bjimichu to attend the celebration. He was especially generous to sponsor drinks to our villagers at the Bjimichu shops. We all remain grateful for his persistent generosity and laughter generated by his boasty jokes.

Lastly, we are all fortunate and especially the people of Baeyul Kuenzang are more so that the much awaited farm road construction is finally happening. We are also told that the our suspension bridge construction from Bjimichu on Tala side to the opposite river bank across Wang Chu will begin soon. We wait eagerly for the bridge to begin as well.

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Challenges facing Bongop community and few solutions

Rural areas in Bhutan face many challenges. Bongop community has its own challenges. At the 3rd Tshogpa meeting, we discussed on the challenges Bongop community now faces and tried to find solution among ourselves. At the outset, we would like to thank every Bongop who took part in this important exercise.

We divided ourselves into five groups with five people in each group and discussed on the following main issues.

  1. How to generate Bongop Tshogpa fund?
  2. Where to keep Bongop Tshogpa utensils?
  3. How to solve logging and bad road condition issues in Bongo, Phasuma, Jungley and Zamsa
  4. How to solve the difficulty faced by people of Bongo village in particular to perform Kuchoed at Lhakhang?
  5. How to start income-generating activities in villages?
  6. How to bring Bongops from other villages together, eg. from Ketokha, Damji and other villages of Bongo Gewog?
  7. How Bongop elders can support Bongop youth?
  8. How to bring people together to celebrate village events together? example annual archery and
  9. Any other issues you find important to discuss? Please note down and also provide suggestions

The questions were many and some groups took almost one hour to find answers to all the questions listed here. There were many interesting answers and we have the pleasure to report them as presented by the group presenter from each group.

  1. How to generate Bongop Tshogpa fund?

All groups shared that the Bongop Tshogpa fund collection should be left to a voluntary contribution. A different view was shared by Group 5, saying that we should use MBoB facilities to even accept Tshogpa fund donations as low as Nu. 50 or 100. The Tshogpa further decided that henceforth, we may accept only MBoB online transfers as handling cash creates room for misuse.

2. Where to keep Bongop Tshogpa utensils?

At the end of December, Bongop Tshogpa Utensils have to be shifted to a new place as our present caretaker Aum Yangden is vacating her apartment. Group 1 suggested that we may have to rent a store to keep the utensils. Other than that, the rest of the groups could not suggest anything. At the end, the Tshogpa Chairman decided that Tshogpa Administrators will decide on which place and person will take care of the utensils.

3. How to solve logging and bad road condition issues in Bongo, Phasuma, Jungley and Zamsa villages

This is one issue which we have never shared in the public but today, as not to bias our meeting reports, we share that Bongops face a unique problem of losing our trees to BBPL factory and our roads being damaged by lorry trucks. The basic premise is that our laws have allowed people to sell trees from their private land and we cannot do anything about it. But the damages done by trucks carrying the logs are huge to our farm roads. We discussed on how to solve this issue, but nothing came out of it. All the groups shared that we may have to talk to the village Tshogpa, Chipon or LG leaders.

4. How to solve the difficulty faced by people of Bongo village in particular to perform Kuchoed at Lhakhang?

This is also the first time we are reporting the issue to the public. The people of Bongo village face a lot of difficulty to perform annual rituals at the Bongo Lhakhang. Through our research, we found that there are 11 different rituals performed at Bongo Lhakhang in one year. The Principal amount for one ritual, example Dhaw Dhangpa Nungney which is held for four days is Nu. 143,000. Someone who borrows this amount this year should do the four day ritual next year as an interest incurred on this amount. The interest is not calculated and not fixed but the one who borrowed should perform the ritual and give feast to the public for four days in a row. So a rough estimate form research found that the borrower have to spend about Nu. 90,000 to do the four day Nungney. In simple terms, the interest against Nu. 143,000 is Nu. 90,000. This is proving to be a huge burden for the people of Bongo village. We wanted it to be discussed among the Bongops at the meeting. Honestly, nothing much came out of any group except for the suggestion that Bongops who live in urban areas and who are working should volunteer to be incharge of the community rituals. We are yet to find a concrete solution to this but hope to work closely with people of Bongo to find a solution to this Kuchoed issue facing people of Bongo village.

5. How to start income-generating activities in villages?

There are hardly any income generating farming activities in our villages. We deliberated on this issue as well. Most of the solutions focused on starting alternative crops, finding market for the crops and also working closely with the agriculture staff of our Gewogs. We are yet to find a solution in this area as well.

6. How to bring Bongops from other villages together, eg. from Ketokha, Damji and other villages of Bongo Gewog?

This topic generated some interesting solutions. It ranged from appointing Chiwog coordinators, using social media, conducting get-together programmes and Group 5 even suggested we should change the name of Bongop Tshogpa to something else to show that all villages of Bongo Gewog are included in Bongop Tshogpa. We leave this to time and hope our website can reach out to many people from other villages under Bongo Gewog as well. Bongop Tshogpa is for everyone from Bongo Gewog, although we keep on talking about few villages only. This is entirely because we have no one from other villages who are taking active parts in Bongop Tshogpa activities. We welcome anyone who may want to be part of our activities.

7. How Bongop elders can support Bongop youth?

In this discussion, Group 2 were emotional. The elderly group representative even asked which areas Bongop elders have failed to support the youth. Programmes to know each other were suggested. Winter and summer programmes in villages were also recommended by all groups.

8. How to bring people together to celebrate village events together? example annual archery

On this topic, there were suggestions from three groups that people who dont come to celebrate annual archery in the villages should be made to pay fines. Group 2 suggested that we do proper research on why people skip such important community events. Suggestions were also made by some groups that people living in Thimphu should consider coming to such important village events.

9. Any other issues you find important to discuss? Please note down and also provide suggestions

Finally, this question was the most important among all in the group discussion. Many new issues facing our Bongop communities have surfaced from this discussion.

  1. Group 1 suggested that teenage pregnancy is becoming issue in our villages and that we should do something to solve it.
  2. Group 2 shared that we should reach out to all other Bongops who could not be part of us at the meeting. They also suggested that more Bongops should volunteer to be part of Bongop Tshogpa. Group 2 further suggested that our Bongop youths have to be educated on the negative impacts of alcohol and drugs.
  3. Group 3 came up with a unique issue saying that the trust level in our villages is breaking down. Everyone accuses another of taking profit out of money or material collections. It may be necessary for our Tshogpa to intervene in such collections and act as a neutral person so that people dont accuse each other of taking profit from money or material donations done in the villages.
  4. Group 4 suggested that we may need to look for Bongop volunteers who can go to schools and teach English.
  5. Group 5 recommended that Bongops living and working outside should serve as example to our younger generation with such activities benefiting our common people in the rural areas.

At the end of the group discussion, the Tshogpa Administrator summarised and shared that the suggestions from the group discussion will be considered in drafting the way forward and the list of activities the Tshogpa will carry out from now on.

We would like to thank everyone who shared the passionate and important views and solutions about issues facing our Bongop communities. We hope many will provide more solutions in the future. It also helps us to draft the way forward for Bongop Tshogpa, which is the topic of our next post.

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Third Bongop Tshogpa meeting overview and outcomes

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.

  1. Community promotion activities
  2. Community development activities
  3. 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:

  1. Support to Cleaning Campaigns in different villages
  2. Support to Aum Nakim of Phasuma during fire disaster
  3. Support to Phuntsho Tashi of Jungley
  4. Tarayana Jacket Distribution
  5. Phasuma AMC Cardamom Drier installation
  6. Via University, Denmark Professor’s visit to Bongo
  7. JICA Deputy RR visit and Kitchen Utensil Rack for Jungley to improve sanitation
  8. Bongo Village Toilet Project

In the Youth development activities we informed the group about:

  1. Bongop Youth Meet and
  2. 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

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Voluntary Cash Contributions by Bongops till now

Bongop Tshogpa was given life and momentum when few Bongops came up voluntarily to contribute cash amounts for the welfare of all Bongops. Then all other Bongops living in Bhutan and outside the country joined in. As of 31st July this year, the amount in our Tshogpa Bank Account is Nu. 49, 704 (Forty Nine Thousand Seven Hundred and Four).

We would like to thank everyone who have made money contributions to Bongop Tshogpa. We list each and everyone of you on our website for our record and for the information of all Bongops and others who may be interested to see how kindness of few individuals and common efforts of many can bring together a community, help each other and above all contribute to promotion of community harmony in Bhutan.

Bongops have made cash contributions at three occasions until now.

  1. Contributions for Bongop Tshogpa Fund
  2. Contributions for Mass Cleaning in Bongop villages
  3. Contributions for Aum Nakim family of Phasuma

Further we would like to inform that some contributions which were received from 2015-2016 could not be updated as we decided that it will be done once we settle the accounts after the Tshogpa meeting on 10 September, 2017.

We would also like to announce that voluntary contributions from Bongps will resume after 10th September. If anyone wants to contribute, you can either leave message on our Facebook account or call Tshogpa Administrators directly.

Thanking you all Bongops for the support till now and find below photos and amount contributed by Bongops.

 

 

A generous Japanese will donate 20 Kitchen Utensil Racks for Jungley village and visit Bongo and Phasuma

It is with pleasure we share that Sho Takano-san, a Japanese, will visit Jungley, Bongo and Phasuma villages on 5th and 6th August. He has agreed to donate 20 Kitchen Utensil Racks to the households in Jungley village. Our Tshogpa Administrator, Sangay Thinley, will accompany him on the trip.

When Bongop Tshogpa posted the need for 20 Kitchen Utensil Racks on our website, Sho Takano-san volunteered to sponsor for Jungley village. We are very thankful to him for this generosity.

On Saturday 5th August, Sho Takano-san, accompanied by a good friend of his Mr. Jigme Phuntsho from Bumthang, will start their journey from Thimphu at 6:00 AM to meet the people of Jungley and hand over the kitchen utensil racks. Before the handing over, our plan is to invite Health Assistant (HA) of Bongo BHU to talk on the need for proper sanitation in our homes and to show to the people how a small equipment like a kitchen utensil rack can prove useful in keeping our houses clean and how it can help to promote the health of all household members. In Jungley, Chipon Daw Zam agreed to arrange lunch for four people including our Bongop Tshogpa Administrator.

Picture 1: A sample utensil rack

Takano-san shared how happy he is to be part of our Bongop Tshogpa objective to ‘promoting community harmony’. His interest in our community and our initiative is strong and we are overwhelmed indeed for himself personally agreeing to visit our villages.

We will have Sho Takano-san and Lopen Jigme Phuntsho go to Bongo and spend some time and then spend the evening in Phasuma interacting with the people. We are happy to share a short message from Takano-san himself below:

I am very glad to be part of the movement of “Promoting Community Harmony”. Bhutan is facing astounding rural-urban migration, causing high pressure on urban development and unemployment for youth in the capital city and agricultural labor shortage in rural areas. I noticed there was a fear of losing well-balanced development and prosperity, which were the principles of development policy in Bhutan. I totally believe that small community activities like “Promoting Community Harmony” in each district have big potential to play a vital role for People’s Happiness. For me, it is great pleasure to learn and absorb life in your village and tackle on Livelihood Improvement together. My motto is “Small is Beautiful”.

Bongop Tshogpa hope to continue doing such small initiatives. We hope to see many other people like Sho Takano-san to come our way in the future. We thank him again. Please find below the detail itinerary and also included the ‘travel advisory’ we prepared for Takano-san’s visit. It may be helpful for any Bongop who may like to take guests to Bongo and other villages:

Drone pictures of Bongo taken in August 2016

In August 2016, one of our Tshogpa admins received generous help from a film producer and Drone owner to go to Bongo and take drone footage of our village. He is Director and film maker  Sonam Phuntsho, popularly known as Sherlock. He has directed films like Samsara and Drang Golay.

The team consisting of three of his staff walked all the way from Diphuna to Phasuma and then half way to Zamsa and finally reached Bongo after taking drone images. Last year August, road to Bongo was blocked by landslide, which made them walk all the way from Power House to our village. Bongop Tshogpa cannot be thankful enough to Sherlock and his group. Today, after almost a year, we are happy to show some photos of our village taken using drone. We hope to replicate such initiatives in other Bongop villages as well. So if you come through any other interested individuals possessing sophisticated cameras and photography skills, please do invite them to our villages. Our villages are just too beautiful not to photograph! Enjoy some of the drone photos here.

Bongo Drone

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Journey of 108 Tanjur scripts from Dorji-Dhen (Bodh Gaya) to Bongo Lhakhang

Bongo Lhakhang now has 108 volumes of Tanjur scripts. Tanjur is the ‘translation of the teachings’ of Buddha and other great Buddhist masters. This important script has reached Bongo with so much effort by the people of Zamsa, Phasuma, Jungley and Bongo villages in the spring of 2011. The 108 Tanjur scripts and another 108 Kanjur volumes were given free by Buddha Dharma propagation group in Dorji-Dhen. Lam Kinley single-handedly brought these two sets of scripts from Dorji-Dhen to Gedu, travelling in Indian buses carrying such huge loads of Buddha texts. He narrates facing many difficulties on the way due to Indian bus breakdowns and even had to change vehicle on some stretch of the journey. We can imagine how troublesome and tiring it must have been for him to do all this alone for the benefit of our community.

Please enjoy Part I of the video below:

From Gedu, a lot of efforts were put in by many people to safely reach the scripts to Bongo. Lyonpo Dawa Gyaltshen (when Lyonpo was serving in THPA), Aum Nob Dem, Lopen Thrinlay Dorjee (Lopen Dagap), Aum Dema, Gelo Phub Tshering (Chato), Tashi Dendup, Tashi Phuntsho and Sherub were actively involved to successfully reach the scripts from Gedu to Diphuna. When Bongo did not have road connection, Diphuna, as we all know was the meeting place for all Bongops before we started the uphill climb to Bongo.

As there were many texts to carry, we needed so many people to reach it. During that time, there was no road to Bongo and all Bongops had to walk from ‘Diphu’ near THPA Power House. We had to climb through Tozhi, Phangseychen, Phokeyna and finally reach Bongo, taking almost three hours. So Lam Kinley and others decided that the Kanjur volumes be offered to Rinchentse Lhakhang. Only the 108 Tanjur volumes were bound for Bongo.

People of Zamsa, Phasuma, Jungley and Bongo villages participated in this event to carry Tanjur texts to Bongo from ‘Diphu’ on their back. Men and women (mostly women) came to participate in this event. A tea and snacks for all the people were offered by Tshering Choden and Nakchu of Phasuma. In those days, Dagap Sonam (who has his house in Jungley now) used to live in Tozhi. He offered tea and snacks as well. Next we had the public of Bongo waiting in Phokeyna with tea and snacks for the Tanjur bearers. Below Ngaruma village, the Chops of Bongo performed the rituals to welcome Tanjur to our village. It was a big and historic event indeed for the Bongops.

Bongo Lhakhang never had a Tanjur text until that day. Most importantly, on that particular day, a new Bongop community event was initiated by present Lyonpo Dawa Gyaltshen and Aum Nob Dem. A sum of Nu. 30,000 (Thirty Thousand) was donated to Bongop community by the family to perform annual Tanjur recitation in Bongo. It is continued till today and the Tanjur recitation fund has doubled from its original amount. The recitation is held every year in January for four days. All people from the four villages of Zamsa, Phasuma, Jungley and Bongo come to attend the Tanjur recitation.

The efforts of all our villagers and the generosity and dedication of few individuals like Lam Kinley and Lyonpo Dawa’s family have contributed a lot to the successful bringing of the 108 Tanjur scriptures to Bongo. It may be worthwhile to document their efforts to set an example for other Bongops to follow or initiate such activities in the future.

By Yeshey Tshewang.

Additional writing by Sangay Thinley

Part 2 – Class 10 results data of Bongop students studying in Pakshikha Central School

In the Second part presentaton of the class 10 results of 15 Bongop students studying in Pakshikha Central School, Chukha, we bring to you the marks obtained by Bongo students in the subjects of Mathematicss, Science, Economics, Agriculture, Information Technology (IT), Environmental Science (EVS) and History Civics  Geography (HCG).

Maths MarksBakuenza PSBongo PSKetokha PS
291
3211
331
381
401
431
441
451
531
581
631
651
741

In Mathematics subject, students from Ketokha have done well with minimum marks being 43 out of 100 and maximum obtained by one student at 74/100. Students from Bongo have done the worst with highest being only 43 out of 100 and lowest being 29/100. Same fate with the students who have studied their primary school in Baikuenza. The highest mark a student from Baikuenza obtained was 53 out of 100 and lowest being 32/100.

Science MarksBakuenza PSBongo PSKetokha PS
261
291
321
3311
351
361
372
432
461
501
751

Science subject. Again students from Bongo have performed badly. The highest mark obtained by one student among the five is only 36 out of 100. The Science marks of other four Bongop students are 33,32,29 and 26 respectively. One student from Ketokha obtained 75 out of 100 and lowest marks in Science for a student from Ketokha is 35. The highest mark obtained by a student from Baikuenza in Science subject was 50/100.

Economics MarksBakuenza PSBongo PSKetokha PS
521
671
921

Economics: None of the students from Bongo have opted to study Economics in 2016 in Pakshikha Central School. One student from Baikuenza only studied Economics and his/her exam marks is 52 out of 100. Two students from Ketokha studied Economics and one obtained 67 out of 100 in Economics and another scored 92/100.

Agriculture MarksBakuenza PSBongo PSKetokha PS
91132
931

Agriculture seems to be favourite subject of our students. 7 out of 15 students who opted to study Agriculture have obtained 91 out of 100. The lowest marks for every student is 91 and highest was obtained by a student from Baikuenza at 93/100.

English MarksAgriculture Marks 
9193
381
392
461
481
501
521

Agriculture vs English subject: It was interesting to compare Agriculture and English subject marks of our students because it is surprising to see someone score extremely low in one subject and  then obtain extremely high marks in another. Agriculture and English subjects is one. A student who scored the lowest in English i.e. 38 out of 100 scored 91 in Agriculture subject. A student who managed only 50 in English scored the highest mark in Agriculture subject, which is 93/100.

Information Technology (IT): Out of 15 students, one only student studied IT as the optional subject. He/she has obtained 69 out of 100 and the student is from Bongo village.

EVS MarksBaikuenza PSKetokha PS
451
471
611

Environmental Science (EVS): Out of 15 Bongop students, only 3 have studied Environmental Science (EVS). None of the students who studied in Bongo primary school opted to study EVS. Two students from Baikuenza and one from Ketokha studied EVS and highest mark was obtained by a Ketop student scoring 61/100.

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