Manager, Vidhyapati Mishra

Mishra is the sixth sibling  of eight children born to his uneducated parents, on August 24, 1979 at Indra Chowk, Goshi block of Dagana, a district in the southern Bhutan. He has four brothers and three sisters. Evicted from Bhutan at the age of 11 in 1992, Mishra resided in Bhutanese Refugee Camp, Beldangi-II in Jhapa, Nepal until July 1, 2014. He reached Charlotte, North Carolina by opting third country settlement on July 3.

Mishra did his primary schooling from Dokap Primary School (Bhutan) and Pancha-oti English School, a school funded by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and managed by the Caritas Nepal inside refugee camp. He passed the School Leaving Certificate (SLC) in 1998 as a top three among hundreds. He obtained his higher secondary from Siddhartha Boarding High Secondary School from Damak, five miles away from camps, in 2000. In the same year, Mishra traveled to Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital city, for pursing his higher studies. He continued his studies and had a job as a high school teacher. He is also a founding member of the Association of Press Freedom Activists (APFA)-Bhutan, founded in 2004, and assumed the position of general secretary till the organization became dormant in 2009.

As a publisher, Mishra contributed for the publication of The Bhutan Reporter, a monthly newspaper of the Bhutan Media Society, from 2004-2009. He has been working as a volunteer managing editor of the Bhutan News Service, country’s first news agency since its inception in 2006.

From 2006-2010, Mishra was associated with the production of weekly radio episodes on the Bhutanese refugee issue. The radio program, ‘Saranarthi Sarokar’ that was aired simultaneously from Kathmandu-based Nepal FM Network and Dharan-based Ganatantra FM was very popular in the refugee community.

Mishra has also worked as a media officer in the Nepal’s largest mega hydroelectric project, West Seti, for two years from 2008, and also as a news correspondent of Nepal’s number one English news portal,, for one year in 2011. He also edited a students’ bulletin ‘The Refugee Herald’ in 2012.

As a Bhutanese refugee journalist, he has extensively written on the Bhutanese refugee issues, and his articles have been published in in various Kathmandu-based leading dailies. He has also interviewed highly distinguished personalities, including UN mission heads in Nepal, and has written profiles of political and human rights leaders, and covered major events associated with the Bhutanese refugee issue.

He is also recognized as a potential community worker in the Bhutanese community. Mishra initiated online donation drives during fire disasters in refugee camps during various occasions; collected funds for supporting Bhutanese refugee women hunger strikers in 2011, and has been playing a lead role in implementing scholarships and empowerment programs of the Punya Foundation in Nepal.  He also trained dozens of young journalists in the Bhutanese refugee camps.

Mishra was also involved in production of various movies and documentaries. He is a co-producer of ‘Headwind’, a documentary movie, yet to be released in collaboration with two Dutch filmmakers, and ‘Bel City’ which is a feature movie produced jointly with Justin Ash of the HWH Charity (UK) and Felix Jackael, an independent film maker from Germany. Currently, he is working as a media coordinator for another feature movie, ‘Desh Khojdai Janda’, which awaits its premier show in Fall 2014.

Mishra is also an extensive reader, and has collected hundreds of books. Mishra loves reading, designing, translation and interpretation. He also attended a number of trainings on blogging, translation, interpretations, videography, creative writing and online radio content production. He has been freelancing as a creative designer, English-Nepali translator and interpreter for over a decade.

He is also founder of the ‘Bhutanese Refugee Documentation Project’, an online one stop documentation of materials related to Bhutanese refugees, and has been actively gathering related materials since 2009.

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