New York City/May 07: The first national convention of the newly-announced Organization of Bhutanese Communities in America (OBCA) is scheduled to be held on June 18-19 in Georgia.
In a press statement sent to Bhutan News Service today, the OBCA said the existence of the organization was largely felt to assist resettled folks who have been facing various hardships and trauma in their initial struggle.
“The efforts of resettlement agencies in many states have not been adequate in helping our people as much as they should and as effectively while we are in a completely strange environment in terms of culture, language, food habits, education, skill development and employment opportunities. Our people are going through some sort of crisis (identity, spiritual, cultural shock) either consciously or unconsciously,” reads the statement.
It read that the exiled Bhutanese need to be united and organized into a social forum that would address the needs of our people and take up such issues with local, state and national social organizations including the resettlement agencies.
The statement issued by Bhakti Sharma, the Chief Coordinator of the First National Convention Organizing Committee has urged all resettled Bhutanese for their active participation.