Support JRS Global Education Initiative
The resettled Bhutanese Refugees in the US and elsewhere in the world would be struggling harder to integrate into the mainstream society had there not been a high-quality education offered in the Bhutanese refugee camps in Nepal. When asked to the beneficiaries of the education, they can easily blurt out the provider’s name, “CARITAS – Nepal.” However, less of them would have known who were working with CARITAS – Nepal behind the scene. The opportunity to learn and give back to one of the philanthropic organizations has now come.
Bhutanese Refugee Education Program (BREP) is praised to be one of its kind ever offered in refugee camps anywhere in the world. The key to being the best one was with the support extended from UNHCR, and handful of NGOs like Agency for Personnel Services Overseas (APSO) and Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS). When the first schools were established in the camps in 1992 and 1993 by UNHCR and CARITAS- Nepal, international volunteers with specialized skills, from JRS, were the second to CARITAS from the start. Former BREP Director, Rev. Father Amal Raj and Rev. Father Verky of JRS in Damak, Nepal were the pioneers of the refugee education program whose tireless contributions to education will never be forgotten.
Today, many of the refugee children are continuing higher education in prestigious Universities in the US in addition to their success in many businesses and in professional field.
It is only for those fortunate ones that the time would urge to give back and support such services. For Bhutanese, it is high time to remember the services received and act now to support JRS fundraising initiative that are scheduled in the month of October 2016 in 11 cities in the United States for World Education Initiative.
Many America’s popular musical acts are coming together for a multi-stop concert tour to raise awareness of the unprecedented worldwide refugee crisis. Concerts for Refugees will feature Grammy Award-winning artists Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Patty Griffin, Buddy Miller, and The Milk Carton Kids. The concerts will be intimate evenings of acoustic performances benefiting JRS’s Global Education Initiative. The musical tour helps displaced people heal, learn, and thrive by providing educational opportunities for refugees living in camps and urban settings in 45 countries.
To learn about VIP events around the concerts, and to find out ways you can contribute to the Global Education Initiative. Please click here
BNS urges the readers to be a part of the JRS Global Education Initiative and support refugees around the world as we were supported!