Columbus Bhutanese revive community org

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Resettled Bhutanese from Columbus of Ohio revived the Bhutanese Nepali Community of Columbus (BNCC), which was dormant since its formation in 2009, by electing an ad-hoc committee for effective operation, Sunday.

Narayan Sharma teaches English to fellow Bhutanese Nepali refugees at Ethiopian Tewahedo Social Services on Morse Road (Picture courtesy: The Columbus Dispatch)
Narayan Sharma teaches English to fellow Bhutanese Nepali refugees at Ethiopian Tewahedo Social Services on Morse Road (Picture courtesy: The Columbus Dispatch)

The community decided to revise the organization that had remained inactive in recent years considering influx of Bhutanese immigrants, according to Tara Dhungana, who heads the ad-hoc executive board of the organization. Dhungana was the organization’s former vice-chair.

It is also learnt that the organization will elect its full-fledged committee through electoral voting within this year.

Meanwhile, the community also decided to organize a Nepali cultural program on October 26 in Brookhaven School aimed at bringing community members together, and accordingly elected Arjun Rasaily and NB JK as cultural coordinators, and Roshan Shankhar (S.B Biswa) and NB Karki as publicity coordinators.

Speaking at the program, Ganga Lamitare said, “It is a bitter part for the entire Bhutanese community when some of the resettled Bhutanese decide to reside far away from their friends and relatives fearing that their children might learn Nepali culture and speak Nepali language.”

“Mother tongue, arts and culture are our identities,” added Lamitare.