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.
You are at the Hancock International Airport where you have a chance to meet personally for the first time your Case Manager (CM). Be it early in the morning or late night, your CM will be meeting you there. Then you are in your apartment or if not, in your relative’s apartment for sometimes.The first thing your CM usually does after you are at your apartment is to hand over to each of you $10. Interestingly, you are supposed to have at least $10 upon your arrival to the USA. What follows next will be a series of appointments at different places that is your formal beginning to live the American life.You will be taken to Refugee Assistance Program (RAP) usually as the first appointment for the refugee intake. At RAP, you will later get enrolled in the English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, computer classes, and also RAP will help you get connected to the health care facilities. So, the intake at RAP is very important for the newly arrived refugees.The next step will be your appointment with the representative of Department of Social Service (DSS) where you will apply for Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) also known as Food Stamp, and the government sponsored health insurance known as Medicaid. Some families will be enrolled in the Public Assistance (PA). There are some factors that determine if the family will be enrolled in PA or Match Grant. This will be discussed separately.The EBT will be given in the form of card that looks like a bank card. The same card will also work as the Medicaid card. Later, after a month, people need to chose any one of four Medicaid Managed Care Plans that will pay the doctors’ visits and other health related costs.
After DSS appointment, you will be taken to Social Security office to apply Social Security card. Once the SSC arrives, you will be scheduled at Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) to apply State Identification Card.
In between, you will be scheduled at the Tuberculosis (TB) clinic at RAP. TB Clinics are conducted by the Department of Health (DOH). After TB screenings are completed, DOH will start you at TB medications, if needed for free.
After TB screenings, you will be scheduled either at University Health Care Center (UHCC) or Industrial Medical Associates (IMA) for health intake before you are connected to the Primary Care Providers (PCP). The intake will be done within ninety days of your arrival to the USA. SO, IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU TALK TO YOUR CM IF YOU ARE NEARING TOWARDS NINETY DAYS PERIOD AND STILL YOU DID NOT HAVE HEALTH INTAKE.
Until the health intake, you should seek help from your CM or from your receiving agency if you feel sick or have any medical emergency. After the intake, RAP will be helping you for all hospital appointments for a year. Sometimes, you will be provided help by RAP beyond one year period also depending upon your case. RAP will help you by providing interpretation at the health care facilities and transportation to and from those places.
You should not hesitate to ask as many questions that may come to your mind. Remember, THE ONLY STUPID QUESTION IS THE ONE THAT IS NOT ASKED. Also, you should not forget that your CM is a very busy person; and s/he has other people to take care of as well.
Importantly, do not forget to ask him/her, often:
1. When will you take me to DMV?
2. When shall l have refugee health intake?
3. What about my child/children’s school admission?
4. When shall I be starting ESL classes?
5. What should I do if I am running out of medications that I have been taking regularly, before I have my health intake?
6. What can I do in order to help you help me and other refugees?