Women's Gathering Women love to gather, discuss and decide the skill development projects for themselves
Teej Celebration Taking a pose for a group picture after a celebration is what the women love most during Teej
Cultural Dance These little girls have begun to learn the charm of Nepali songs and dances
HS Graduates holding the certificate of recognition from BCS BCS issued the certificate of recognition to all the youths in syracuse who completed the HS degree.
Participating in a cultural event These young women are ever ready to rock the floor; songs and dances are always a part of every festivals.
World Refugee Day Celebration 2012 Culturally, Bhutanese-Nepalis are always eager to present themselves in the service of others regardless of whether they will be benefitted from it. In the WRD celebration 2011, hundreds of people were preparing and serving to the non-Bhutanese people different Nepali food items.
Bhutanese-Nepali women at ESL Classes Whether it is at the learning center or anywhere, Bhutanese-Nepalese women seem sharing the unique cultural aspects to the youngsters. They are having fun at the ESL center while playing Balan, a typical Nepali dance performed on special occasions.
A typical Hindu Marriage A bride cladded in typical Nepali Dress, red Sari and a tika-rice with curd in a fore head; also seen here is her groom with Nepali maalaa and dhaka topi
ESL participants ESL participants seem relaxed after learning almost 100 civic questions from their teachers. However, they are always eager to learn more, and never give up until they learn what they are supposed to.
A graduation day These young high school graduates had a long journey-the one that started in Bhutan, later in the refugee camp in Nepal and eventually in the USA. However, there is still a long way to go.
Older folks at ESL Class There is no age level for education. These old folks need to learn at least some civic questions-a path to the citizenship.
Learning English The path is difficult but not impossible. The more is learnt, better it would be. The goal is to learn and write in English.
Need of more English Many of the Bhutanese-Nepalis never had a formal education. Some even do know how to write one's name. These English classes would certainly help them at least learn basics-name, date of birth, address and contact phone numbers.
Religious performance Hindu priests perform religious activities on different occasions. Hindu culture is very reach in different rites and rituals. From the birth until death, Hindus perform different religious practices.
Rishi Panchami Women perform a group Snan (Holy Bath) on the occasion of Rishi Panchami. The women participate in Snan to show respect and gratitude to the deeds of those ancient Rishis who devoted their lives for the cause of society. Women believe that Snan will wash away their mistakes and ill performances.
A group Puja it is typical for different women to gather together and perform group puja for the well being of themselves, their husbands and other relatives. Priests read holy books and chant mantras for the betterment of women.
A Puja continues Bhutanese-Nepali women are very religious minded. They fast often and devote themselves to the service of gods and goddesses.
Offering prayers It is a cultural practice. Offering prayers to Gods and Goddesses is believed to protect people at difficult times.
Mission Statement: “To integrate into mainstream America whilst preserving our language, culture and heritage.”
Early 2008 is historical for the Bhutanese-Nepalis as it was the first phase of the refugee resettlement program in the USA and other western countries. People had mixed reaction-some wanted a safe repatriation while some were excited to get resettled to start their lives afresh.
The ethnic Nepalese of Bhutan were evicted in the early 1990s as a direct result of ethnic cleansing policies initiated by the fourth King of Bhutan. The first arrivals in Syracuse from the refugee camps in Nepal were in March 2008. Currently, there are around 2800 Bhutanese-Nepalis residing in Onondaga County. They have been accepted in Syracuse as a part of refugee resettlement program offered by United States of America.
The feeling of the importance of coming together as a community organization was harbored in the minds of only a select few refugees in the early phase of resettlement. Because there was no clear information on how many people will be relocated in Syracuse, the need of the community was not seriously felt. However, the concept was floated by some young folks in the informal gatherings of the people at the Rosewood Cemetery Park. It was apprehended that down the road, there will be a need of some entity to work for the preservation of language and culture, help newly resettled refugees get assimilated in convenient ways, and advocate for the needs and wants of the refugees. Thus, the root of the formation of BCS comes from those gatherings at the park to welcome new arrivals. Slowly, it was realized the need of an hour was to help one another especially those less literate in English, and those who have experienced language and cultural barriers. Thus, a few community volunteers came forward to establish Bhutanese Community In Syracuse (BCS), Inc. in mid-2008 with a mission of preserving the Bhutanese-Nepalese identity, culture, language and faith. Ever since, BCS has been serving the community not only by assisting its members address their issues but also by engaging in various community based activities. Currently, BCS as a not-for-profit Corporation has been helping community members by teaching them basic English and preparing them for citizenship tests, teaching Nepali language to the younger generation, helping community folks access civic amenities by helping different types of paperwork, career guidance and college preparation for youths, among many.
There are many unseen and unspoken problems that have been faced by the community members off and on. People have been the victims of assaults, burglary, robbery, theft, sexual harassments, and many. Our priority is to help our folks be safe and secure, and have an easy and successful integration. Hence, BCS has been trying to explore different hidden issues within the community, bring them to the attention of concerned authorities so as to get those addressed in a timely fashion.
For the information of all concerned, BCS held its first general elections of its Board of Directors on November 01, 2015. The following enlists the members in the current Board of Directors.
Chairperson-Mr. Kazi Gautam
Vice-Chairperson-Ms. Pavitra Sapkota
Treasurer-Mr. Sajan Nepal
Director-Education Department-Mr. Dadhi Dahal
Director-Women & Children Department-Ms. Kiran Gautam
Director-Social Service & Elders Department-Mr. Parsu Dhimal
Director-Religion & Culture Department-Mr. Ajaya Sapkota
Director-Games & Sports Department-Mr. Yuva R Bhattarai