Oregon sees yet another community org

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The Bhutanese community living in Oregon has announced formation of yet another non-profit organization, Organization of American Bhutanese Society Northwest (BASNW), on September 2, claiming that the establishment came into existence realizing the need. The first community organization, Bhutanese American Community of Oregon, was announced earlier in May this year.

L-R : Sanjay Tamang, Raju Subedi, Siddharth Rokka, Dhoj Rai and DB Tiwari
L-R : Sanjay Tamang, Raju Subedi, Siddharth Rokka, Dhoj Rai and DB Tiwari in the community gathering

“Headed by Sanjay Tamang, the organization was formed acknowledging views from the intellectuals residing in Portland metro and Beaverton that selected the 11-member executive board to run the organization,” its Vice-President Raju Subedi informed Bhutan News Service.

Likewise, Nandhu Ghising has been elected as General Secretary, Phul Rai as Treasurer, Siddarth Roka and Tej Tiwari as the Youth Directors, DB Tiwari as the Cultural Director, and Dhoj Rai as the Volunteer Director, among others.

The community also elected a support group consisting of people having better expertise in running the community organization, according to Subedi.

“BASNW upholds the mission to create easy integration of Bhutanese refugees inhabiting in NW region, protecting and promoting culture and traditional values, objective in generating optimum resources through interacting and networking with agencies and organizations associated with refugees, and immigrants, and foster equal right, respect and opportunity for individuals to get involved in all the activities designed to make them self-reliant in long run,” added he.

According to Subedi, the organization has a temporary office in Beaverton where they have set up a community work helping people to fill up the forms, find the resources that they need, and work on citizenship classes, among others.

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