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.
Bhutanese Community In Syracuse (BCS) Inc., has been formed with a motto “Let’s Bridge A Gap”. With the commitment of helping the community members for an easy assimilation, the volunteers within the community have been engaged for years to carry out following activities.
1 ESL and Naturalization Test Preparation Class
BCS has been running the ESL and Citizenship Classes since 2009. At the beginning, people were taught at the space provided by Catholic Charities, Interfaith Works and Syracuse City School District. These days, BCS has been giving the classes at its own rented space at Kirkpatrick Street. The community volunteers teach mostly the elderly people every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 4pm for two hours.
2 Nepali Language class for young children
One of the most important activities of BCS is the Nepali Language class that has begun a year ago. The children between the ages of 4 and 13 gather at the BCS center every Sunday from 9am until 11am. They are being taught by the certified Nepali teachers who have formal education, trainings and experiences as Nepali teachers for many years. Nepali classes for 2016 have been supported by a grant award of Syracuse City School District.
3 Sanskrit Class
BCS has also initiated the Sanskrit Language class for the interested community members. The Sanskrit class that began on January 09, 2016 will run every Saturday from 9am for two hours at the BCS center.
4 Skill Development for Women
One of the most important current activities of BCS is the tailoring, cushion making and painting classes that have begun on January 08 this year. In the first phase of the training, twenty five women will participate. The training that will continue for six months every Friday evening has been supported by Rotary Club of Syracuse.
5 Problem Solving
The community members stop by at the BCS center as and when needed to get help with completing paperwork or making calls to different places. The community volunteers assist the members apply for government assistance, make and change doctor’s appointments, and fill out different types of applications, among many.
6 Youth Games & Sports
BCS has a soccer team that has been taking part in different games throughout the United States. Besides, the youths also have a cricket team, and they gather to play volleyball as well.
1 Elderly Programs
BCS will be starting programs targeted to the elderly people of the community. The first one will be a grand-parent and grand-children get together that is expected to run at least twice a week. This will definitely bridge the gap between the elderly folks and the youngsters. Additionally, this togetherness with their grand-children will ease their pains and bring them out of their isolation thus giving them new energy.
2 Health Awareness Programs
BCS has been planning for a long to put together an ongoing health awareness classes at least once a week. This will not only help the community members realize the importance of taking care of their health, they will also get a chance to learn about the healthy living and prepare for the initial visit with their primary provider with a set of logical questions. The health care professionals within the community will be conducting the classes.