The Global Bhutanese Organization (GBO) has concluded its first annual convention in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on November 27, 2021. The event was hosted by the Bhutanese Community in Harrisburg with an intention to assist GBO in its efforts to raise funds to run an education program for children living in two refugee camps in Nepal.
Presenting the current activities of GBO, the president and the executive head, Mr. DB Rai projected an estimated budget to run ECDC early childhood education program in refugee camps in Nepal.
A press release by the organization mentioned that GBO has facilitated and raised financial support in the amount of $43,467 to operate ECDC early childhood education program in Beldangi and Sanischare refugee camps. The financial contribution to operating the education program was made possible by former Bhutanese refugees resettled in nine countries around the world.
The convention received updates from GBO representatives from 10 US states and 11 cities within these states. Additionally, GBO representatives from eight countries attended the event virtually. Among the virtual attendees include representatives from the two refugee camps and CARITAS, Nepal.
Various local county and city representatives from the Harrisburg area attended the event. According to the press release dated 12/02/2021, a total of $12,899 was raised from many individuals and organizations who attended the event.
The event also witnessed musical and literary performances from various artists from the Bhutanese communities in the US.