Association of Bhutanese in America (ABA) concluded its fourth annual convention amidst special function in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, Sunday.
The strategic planning session, which concluded in a closed door meeting on Friday, amended the mission statement of the organization. ABA has also decided to extend its Executive Board members.
Hari Acharya, Executive Director of ABA, presented an annual report focused on a project launched by ABA in Baltimore, Maryland. ABA, in collaboration with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) has been launching a project in Maryland.
“We would like to extend our gratitude to all those who volunteered in the project,” Acharya said. ABA also handed over the letter of appreciation to individuals and communities who assisted Bhutanese Community in Pittsburg.
The second day of convention endorsed the proposal of the amendment of the mission statement. Majority of the participants expressed their concern regarding the unity of the two claiming to be national organizations, Association of Bhutanese in America (ABA) and Organization of Bhutanese Communities in America (OBCA). Answering to the queries, ABA representatives mentioned that the issues such as changing of the name and dissolution of ABA had been significant issues that hinder the unification.
Recently, from June 10-12, OBCA concluded its second convention with a grand function in Nashville, Tennessee. As mentioned earlier by OBCA’s chairman, in a radio talk with BNS, Yam Kharel and Naresh Dahal participated in this convention of ABA, representing OBCA.
The convention concluded along with the third day cultural programs which included Sangini, folk and modern dances.
Registered as Non-Profit organization in Washington DC, ABA was formed in July 2007.