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  • Resource person 28/09/2016

    The Samdrup Jongkhar Initiative (SJI) office is looking for an expert/resource person to conduct training (one week) on Project Cycle Management in Dewathang, Samdrup Jongkhar. Interested individuals may submit your proposal with curriculum vita latest by 3rd October, 2016.  more »

  • Happy Blessing Rainy Day 22/09/2016

    Dear valued members of SJI,  more »

  • International Democracy Day 19/09/2016

    SJI at Sherubtse College commemorating “International Democracy Day” on the theme “Democracy and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”  more »

  • Selected Candidate 08/09/2016

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  • Membership Account 08/09/2016

    The SJI office has opened an account with Bhutan National Bank for the convenience of our valuable members. Interested personnel can download the membership and authorization form  and after filling, kindly mail it to or  more »

  • Re-announcement 03/09/2016

    Please download the Job application form and the ToRs.  more »

  • Membership Form 25/08/2016

    Click here to download membership form and the bank standing instruction for direct deposit and after filling-up kindly mail it to  more »

  • Instilling spirit of “our project, our Dzongkhag, our nation” 25/08/2016

    In a drive towards achieving self-reliance, SJI presented its mission, programs & it's experience to over 40 people, largely from Samdrup Jongkhar but also few well-wishers. The primary objective was to inform, engage, build a sense of ownership and ultimately take charge of governance of SJI and be self-reliant.  more »

  • Re-announcement 23/08/2016

    Please download the Job application form and the ToRs.  more »

  • Empowering Young People 13/08/2016

    On 12th August, 2016, together with the youth of Samdrup Jongkhar, SJI had an opportunity to celebrate “International Youth Day” organized by Youth Center Division (YCD) from Department of Youth & Sports (DYS) under Ministry of Education in collaboration with Samdrup Jongkhar Thromde, first time in Samdrup Jongkhar.  more »

  • Vacancy Announcement 11/08/2016

    Please download the Job application form and the ToRs.  more »

  • Progress on Menchari GNH-Model Village - Walking the Talk 08/08/2016

    The commemorative dream project - to build Menchari into GNH Model Village was launched on 15th December, 2015, since then the village has been striving to become a better community besides living in a thatched bamboo huts roofed with banana leaves, poor hygiene, nutrition, poor health and sanitation, high rates...  more »

  • Progress on SJI’s Sustainability Proposal 27/07/2016

    The response (telephonic) to “SJI’s sustainability proposal” has been very positive. To create the Tendrel, the SJI staff will make the first contribution of Nu. 500 each towards the sustainability fund from this month’s salary. Each staff member has also made the commitment to mobilize 10 people each, who in...  more »

  • SJI exploring long-term solutions for its sustenance during its temporary existence! 21/07/2016

    SJI exploring long-term solutions for its sustenance during its temporary existence!   more »

  • Paying Farmers to Go Organic, Even Before the Crops Come In 19/07/2016

    DENAIR, Calif. — The last time Wendell Naraghi tried to make money from organic nuts, in the 1980s, he failed miserably.  more »

  • Choosing fresh foods can help you feel better and preserve the environment 19/07/2016

    Regardless of diet, organic foods are a smart priority. Opting for organic foods is an effectual choice for personal and planetary health. Buying organically grown food—free of harmful chemicals, bursting with more nutrition, taste, and sustainable sustenance—is a direct vote for immediate health and the hopeful future of generations to come.  more »

  • SJI marching on... 16/07/2016

    Cheku Dorji, Zero waste coordinator and Dawa, LME teacher attended the 6 days workshop on “Excellence in Leadership and Management” that focused on leading and managing organizations well. Problem solving approaches and developing interpersonal skills in communication were the core skills imparted to the participants to enhance and improve team building.  more »

  • Activity Report 07/07/2016

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  • SRI being piloted at Rekhay for the first time 06/07/2016

    SRI is being piloted at Rekhay (Dewathang Gewog) for the first time. The past pilot areas were in Phuntshothang, Pemmathang and Langchephu Gewogs, which were far way to afford close monitoring. Rekhay farmers have had hands on experience in SRI method of plantation.  more »

  • Celebrating Social Forestry day 02/06/2016

    “You’re happiest while you’re making the greatest contribution”  more »

  • Wengkhar RDC Study tour 24/05/2016

    A team of researchers from Renewable Natural Resources-Research and Development Centre (RNR-RDC), Wengkhar Mongar visited SJI office as a part of their familiarization and awareness tour on 24th May, 2016. The visit was aimed to collaborate, to enhance further linkage and to study good practices from each other.   more »

  • Zero Waste Festival - Reflecting and Rethinking Development 20/05/2016

    Unlike many other festivals across the country, Zero Waste Festival was first of its kind that encouraged people to promote and exhibit only local produce with plastic-products being highly discouraged.  more »

  • Zero Waste Festival 10/05/2016

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  • Zero waste craft women out of Samdrup Jongkhar for promotion and marketing of waste products 04/05/2016

    Two women representatives of Dewathang Zero Waste Craft Group and Assistant Zero Waste Coordinator of SJI made a round trip from Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan through center Bhutan (Trongsa and Gelephu)  promoting their waste crafts and educating on it from 19th – 29th, April, 2016.  more »

  • New SJI Staff 04/05/2016

    The SJI office is pleased to welcome Mrs. Pema Wangzom, a graduate from Institute of Language and Culture Studies (ILCS), Trongsa who will be working as a teacher with Lho Mon Education and Mr. Dendup Tshering, a graduate from the College of Natural Resource (CNR) as a Farmer Liaison.  more »

  • Construction of mini water tank for Brongtere vegetable group in Dewathang 22/04/2016

    In order to boost organic vegetable production, particularly during off season, SJI facilitated the construction of mini water tank for Brongtere vegetable group in Dewathang gewog on a cost sharing basis.  more »

  • E-waste management 12/04/2016

    In order to build sustainable e-waste management system at chewogs, gewogs and Dzongkhag levels, the Samdrup Jongkhar Dzongkhag administration has conducted an educational programme in line with zero waste concepts on 11th April 2016, in Samdrup Jongkhar Dzongkhag head quarter.  more »


    To institutionalize a zero waste ethos, enhance income generation, self-reliance and dignity of labour in the community and beyond, SJI conducted 10 days (30th March - 8th April 2016) “Training of Trainers” programme in an effort to establish shoe repair centers in Orong, Menchari, Reshore and Wooling expectantly.  more »

  • Mindfulness follow-up with teacher participants 01/04/2016

    It has been three months, since a successful 2nd mindfulness camp conducted for 40 teachers of Samdrup Jongkhar district.  more »

  • ‘‘Nature Mindful Walk’’- Connecting world around and inner world 23/03/2016

    “It is my hope that we can help children develop a broader understanding of the world around them as well as their internal world and how the two are so closely related.”   Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche  more »

  • Lead farmer training 11/03/2016

    In collaboration with the Agriculture Extension Officer at Orong gewog, 11 lead farmers were provided one day (4/3/2016) hands-on training on working in harmony with nature. The training covered;• Natural pesticides (soap spray/ginger spray/lemon)• Panchgaviya (cow dung/cow urine/milk/butter/curd/)• Making liquid manure (cow dung/urine/green materials/water)• Pest and disease managementNatural Organic Program...  more »

  • SJI zero waste team trained forty seven little monks of Choki Gyatsho Institute 11/03/2016

     “The time is always right to do what is right” Martin Luther King, Jr  more »

  • Awareness program on E-Waste in line with Zero Waste principle and life style 27/02/2016

    More than 400 people from all walks of life in Samdrup Jongkhar Thromde participated in the awareness program on E-Waste in line with Zero Waste principle and life style.  more »

  • Inauguration of Material Recovery Facility (MRF) 18/02/2016

    Orong community, one of SJI’s Zero Waste pilot project areas funded by the Bhutan Trust Fund for Environmental Conservation (BTFEC), inaugurates its first Material Recovery Facility (MRF) in their effort towards becoming a Zero Waste Community.  more »

  • A Message from Rinpoche 09/02/2016

    Let Us Remember: A Message from Rinpoche  more »

  • Step by step of a long journey! 06/02/2016

    In an effort towards promoting zero waste craft with value addition through enhancement of income generation opportunities and reduction of pressure on landfill, SJI in collaboration with Pemathang gewog administration organized a five day training from 25-29 January, 2016 for eight women from the gewog.  more »

  • Felicitation 06/02/2016

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  • Vacancy at SJI 03/02/2016

     Last date for submission of application for Driver and Office Assistant is on 16th February, 2016 and for internship program is on 9th February, 2016.  more »

  • The basics of saving seeds 02/02/2016

    General Asparagus (Asparagus officinalis L.) can be grown in a wide range of soils and under various climatic conditions, but it thrives in fertile, well-drained soils. Roots can be at least six feet deep, but they will not tolerate saturated soil conditions.  more »

  • A dialogue with agents of change! 02/02/2016

    SJI organized a dialogue with 16 young college interns (at SJI) and 6 SJI staff on matters of collective wellbeing, providing a platform for reflection with the aspiration that they will endeavour to extend it to further discourse among friends, at home, in bars, in classrooms, at workshops, college assemblies…,...  more »

  • Breaking Barriers & Building Synergy for Greater Public Good 02/02/2016

    Dewathang Gewog Administration invited SJI to its 12th Gewog Tshogde (assembly) convened on January 18, 2016 to share its vision, philosophy and programs. This is the 2nd time that SJI has attended such important local government assembly, the 1st being in Orong Gewog in 2015.  more »

  • Press Release 01/02/2016

    A grant agreement was signed between the Austrian Coordination Office for Development Cooperation (ACO) Thimphu and Lho Mon Society, Dewathang on January 29, 2016 at the ACO office, Thimphu. The grant, EUR 9790 is provided for the “Fabrication and Installation of Solar Drier in the Villages”.  more »

  • College Interns at Menchari 27/01/2016

    Eleven college interns’ 43 days (with short break) in Menchari village culminated on January 24, 2016, which brought together over 100 mencharipas (young & old), interns, 2 Bhutan Development Bank Ltd.’s (BDBL) staff, 3 SJI members & a UNICEF representative from Thimphu.  more »

  • Support to Wangphu AEO, CNR student 26/01/2016

    “Loss of Traditional Cereal Crop Diversity in Samdrup Jongkhar Dzongkhag” is the title of Lobzang Tshering(T)’s thesis. Lobzang is pursuing his bachelor’s degree in agriculture at the College of Natural Resources.  more »

  • Dewathangpas celebrating Chungnipa losar together at Chokyi Gyato Institute. 10/01/2016

    Almost 500 people gathered at the Choki Gyatso Institute in Dewathang on 12/01/2016 to celebrate eastern Bhutanese New Year (Chungnipa losar). The event was graced by Drubgyud Tenzin Rinpoche (Meme Lama).  more »

  • Training on soil conservation, seed saving, fungus & compost making in Menchari. 05/01/2016

    The SJI Organic Agriculture team made a follow up visit to the training conducted by Mr. D. S. Negi, from Navdanya India in Menchri in November of 2015 in order to implement the techniques. Two SJI staff and 11 interns from Geaddu College of Business Studies (GCBS) & College of...  more »

  • LME's fresh new endeavor 02/01/2016

    Lho Mon Education has been blessed with dedicated teachers and motivated students, and is in the process of creating the vital link between the two: a holistic, innovative curriculum. In that aim, we have been fortunate to recruit the services of Ms. Jackie Mitchell, a cofounder and 20 year veteran...  more »

  • Winter Mindfulness Camp 29/12/2015

    SJI was honored to have 41 teachers, predominantly from Samdrup Jongkhar Dzongkhag, join us for the 2nd annual Lhomon Education Winter Mindfulness Camp, hosted at Chokyi Gyatso Institute from 20th-26th of December. All participants and staff were particularly fortunate to have Drubgyud Tenzin Rinpoche attend and provide daily teachings.  more »

  • Zero Waste in Pemathang Gewog 28/12/2015

    Pemathang Gewog is the first of Samdrup Jongkhar’s 11 gewogs (regions) to take their own initiative in developing a zero waste system. This week they invited SJI’s zero waste team and Dewathang’s Zero Waste Craft Group to conduct a 2-day waste reduction and craft training in Pemathang.  more »

  • Empowerment of Dewathang Zero Waste crafts group 22/12/2015

    Many thanks to the Agency for Promotion of Indigenous Crafts (APIC) for providing our Dewathang Zero Waste Crafts Group with a 10-day tailoring training. The training was incredibly helpful and empowering, and very well executed. Thank you also to the UNDP for helping to fund the training, and to our excellent trainer,...  more »

  • Tendrel for Menchari Model Village 18/12/2015

    The commemorative dream project was formally launched on December 15, 2015 in the colourful presence of the Menchari community, Orgong Gup & his team, SJI & 11 interns from Gaeddu College of Business Studies (9) & College of Natural Resources (2), Lobesa & guests from financial institutions.  more »

  • A continuing journey towards self-reliance 13/12/2015

    Mr.  D.S. Negi, a senior member of Navdanya, trained 386 farmers from 11 gewogs in Samdrup Jongkhar Dzongkhag (including 9 Agriculture Extension Officers, 2 Livestock Extension Officers, 18 local government representatives, 45 trainees from the College of Natural Resources and 9 interns from the Gaeddu College of Business Studies) on...  more »

  • SJI at International GNH Conference, November 3-6, 2015, Paro 09/11/2015

    The Samdrup Jongkhar Initiative (SJI) humbly believes that it is a GNH laboratory. Its Executive Director in presenting the SJI’s programs at the conference, stated, “Why is it so difficult/challenging to do the right thing, to do something that is commonsensical? Talking GNH is one thing and acting GNH is...  more »

  • Building a GNH Village at Menchari 08/11/2015

    Building a GNH Village at Menchari  more »

  • Awareness and cleaning program at Reshore 07/11/2015

    “Waste still overlooked by the people?”  more »

  • Zero Waste (ZW) Craft Training at Gomdar and Narphung 04/11/2015

    In an effort to upscale the waste management program, an SJI visited Tsangchilo (urban centre of Gomdar Gewog) and Narphung (village market on the Samdrup Jongkhar-Tashigang highway) on 31/10/15.  As a follow up of that visit, Assistant ZW Coordinator and ZW trainers along with Dewathang ZW craft members trained 20...  more »

  • Offering of manure for the Ludrong Memorial Garden in Thimphu 03/11/2015

    On the special occassion of the 4th Druk Gyalpo's 60th Birth Anniversary, Dewathang farmers humbly and symbolically offer a truck load of manure for the Ludrong Memorial Garden, dedicated to  the Queen Mother of the 4th Druk Gyalpo.  more »

  • Farmers Training Farmers 02/11/2015

    The SJI organized a day’s training at Rekhay for 50 farmers from Martang, Domphu & Rekhay villages in seed saving and grafting. Another training was also conducted at Gayzor for 27 farmers from the neighborhood in organic farming and compost making. The trainers were local progressive farmers.   more »

  • Warm welcome to the new Executive Director! 10/09/2015

    We are delighted to introduce Dasho Neten Zangmo as the new Executive Director of the Samdrup Jongkhar Initiative!  more »

  • SJI Activity Report: December 2010 - March 2015 01/04/2015

    Click to view the SJI Activity Report for the December 2010 - March 2015 period, and below for each appendix:   more »

  • Please follow us on the SJI Facebook Page 01/09/2014

    Please follow us on the SJI Facebook Page for most recent Latest News updates!  more »

  • SJI Activity Report December 2013-July 2014 01/08/2014

    SJI Activity Report December 2013-July 2014  more »

  • SJI Activity Report December 2010-November 2013 01/12/2013

    SJI Activity Report December 2010-November 2013  more »

  • SJI Activity Report December 2012-June 2013 30/06/2013

    The SJI Activity Report December 2012-June 2013 was prepared for our main donor International Development Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada. It is, however a comprehensive report and gives an overall picture of SJI activities carried out during the period.  more »

  • World Environment Day: Launch of Zero Waste Training Manual 05/06/2013

    The SJI Zero Waste Training Manual was launched on 5th June 2013 on World Environment Day. Approximately 50 people attended the launch including the Samdrup Jongkhar Thrompon, the Executive Secretary, Municipal Environment Officer and media. Our manual was officially released by the Samdrup Jonkghar Thrompon, and was thereafter presented and...  more »

  • Inauguration of SJI office! 05/05/2013

    On 5th May 2013 the Samdrup Jongkhar Initiative office was inaugurated. The larger walk-in SJI office is located in Dewathang. Apart from providing comfortable work space for the SJI staff, the office functions as a mini-library and media-lab, and a visible community-based centre for SJI-related gatherings, discussions, learning sessions, and...  more »






On the very special occasion of the 60th Birth Anniversary of one of the greatest, the wisest and the most compassionate leaders of the world, the Fourth Druk Gyalpo of Bhutan, the SJI team offers its humble prayers for His long and healthy life and the fulfillment of His aspirations for Bhutan and the world. The SJI team pledges to continue to pursue His Dream of a self reliant, secure and a harmonious nation in its very humble ways with humble means but with unwavering passion and dedication.

Local leader engaging the community at SJI meeting.


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Atsara (traditional clown, master of ceremonies) explains waste segregation at village festival


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