About us


Background:

Bhutan, the last SHANGRI-LA, isolated buddhist kingdom, sandwiched between two giant supreme powers; China in the north and India in south is a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, multi-linguistic and multi-religious country. It's geographical location is 27' atitude and  30' longitude. It has 47,000 sq. km of area and approximately 716,896 population. The population comprises of ethnic groups such as Ngalong, the ruling elite, sarchop, Lhotshampa(Southern Bhutanese people) and other tribal and aboriginal people. 

In the Years 1980s, in order to strengthen Bhutan's identity as a nation, the "one nation, one people" campaign was started to integrate the peripheral ethnic and cultural groups into mainstream. Dzongkha language, which is spoken by handfull people of Drukpa, was enforced to Nepalese society, around the same time, the first nationwide census in Bhutan's history revealed a large population of inhabitants of Nepali origin in Southern Bhutan. The government considered these people to be illegal immigrants. As such, in 1991 over one sixth of Bhutan's people have sought asylum in Nepal, India and other countries around the world.They were forced to leave the country.


A number of Southern Bhutanese, fled to Nepal where they were admitted into camp run by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees(UNHCR), while continuous attempts have been made between the governments of Bhutan and Nepal to resolve this issue, the number of people claiming to be "Bhutanese refugees" swelled to over 107,000. But the attempts of Governments failed time and again. The Bhutanese refugees first entered Nepal at the end of 1990. Temporary camps were established on the banks of the river Mai in miserable condition with rife disease and squalor.

UNHCR began providing ad-choc assistance to Bhutanese asylum seekers in February 1991. By September 1991, there were approximately 5,000 refugees when His Majesty’s Government of Nepal (HMG-N) formally requested UNHCR to co-ordinate all emergency assistance for the Bhutanese refugees. UNHCR, the World Food Program (WFP) and several Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) launched a major program in the early part of 1992. WFP, UNHCR and partners provide food, water, shelter, health, education(Caritas Nepal), protection and other ‘non-food’ items. The established health and nutrition indicators suggest that the assistance has been adequate and, in fact, exceeds the national standards for Nepali citizens. Later on, the refugees were relocated into seven different camps throughout the Jhapa and Morang districts of the eastern Nepal (sub tropical lowlands), adjoining the foothills of the Himalayas. 

The climate is hot and humid, with heavy rains in June and July. In spring, the mountain melt water means that flooding is common. The structural layout in each camp was very dense, with shelters often under one meter apart. Fires occurred frequently and was very destructive. If some of the minor disputes occurred within the refugee population then camp management committees undertake and resolve the problem. 

By these time the refugees have spent their miserable life in the refugee camp for more than seventeen years hoping to go back to their country. But their hope became hope only.

 In 2007, as a final attempt to resolve the issue, the US government announced that around 60,000 of these people claiming to be "Bhutanese refugees" would be settled in the US as a third country settlement program. Since 2008 a resettlement process had been started and then thousands of Bhutanese refugees from the camps in Nepal being re-settled primarily in the USA ,Canada, Australia, Denmark, New Zealand, Netherlands and Norway.

Since 2008, Bhutanese refugee started to resettle in Cincinnati Ohio under the care of Catholic Charities S. W. Ohio. 
With the following far sighted, committed and dedicated volunteers from various sectors of the community, BCC  was established in the long term interest of the Bhutanese people living in Cincinnati, Ohio.


1. Bal Poudyel
2. Lal Moktan
3. Indra Tamang
4. Bhim Dulal
5. Kopila Oli
6. Ghana  Neopaney
7. Bishnu Phuyal
8. Som Sapkota
9. Devi Dahal
10.Tek Ghimerey
The above far sighted founding members took the initiatives in the interest of the Bhutanese People resettled in the Cincinnati, Ohio since 2008, in order to serve to the aspirations of the community for their social and humanitarian rights, and help secure general protection as well as preserve and promote the diversity of our rich languages, cultures, races, religions, and the greater values of our ethnicity as a whole.

Acknowledging that the Bhutanese community comprises of distinctly rich and diverse culture, tradition, religion, languages and literature, and their preservation as our identification as ‘Bhutanese American.
Realizing the need of common platform  for all Bhutanese living in Cincinnati to work united, address their issues, advocate their basic needs in transition period of resettlement in future.
Inspired by the dedication and the humanitarian services rendered by volunteers, non-governmental and governmental agencies to Bhutanese Community  in resettlement process in Cincinnati.
Believing that the recognition, protection and promotion of socio-cultural and economic development  of ethnic Bhutanese people contribute to sustainable development of the community and the mainstream society of the Nation as a whole.
Aiming to inculcate a spirit of brotherhood, better understanding, mutual respect, tolerance and unity amongst the community members and other co-existing communities.
Desiring to build a good and just Bhutanese Community by providing support to the needy families in the sector of education, employment, health and legal procedures in the State of Ohio, and organizing training, seminars, workshops on capacity building, leadership, leadership, gender equality and tolerance on diverse culture and religion irrespective of ethnicity, descent, race, color, caste and gender.
Reaffirming the good faith in human rights, dignity and equality of all members of Bhutanese Community and other communities  is the basic foundation of co-existence and peace.
Therefore, we all the Bhutanese People resettled in Cincinnati, hereby Proclaim “Bhutanese Community of Cincinnati ”, abbreviated as BCC for the achievement  and accomplishment of its common and universal goal ,  on the first day of the fourth week of September 2012.
Vision Statement:
The vision of the BCC is to build Bhutanese community as a single family of all the Bhutanese People resettled in the Cincinnati, Ohio as an integral community organization to achieve the objectives of preserving the distinctly rich cultural heritage, language and indigenous norms and life styles of the Bhutanese community.
Mission Statement

  • To Establish a Community Development Center, 
  • To provide support and services to the community with priority to children, people with disabilities, and seniors including youths. 
  • To preserve and promote the art, language, culture, and religious values of the Bhutanese Community while embracing the local ethos and traditions. 
Aims and Objectives:
  • To empower and integrate Bhutanese Community while adapting to American life and culture through education, skill development, and advocacy. 
  • To encourage and educate the community around the plight of local organization and assist other ethnic groups as they arrive in the future. 
  • Looking after other humanitarian issues including involvement in different aspects that relates to socio-economic pursuance and provide support and services to the families in emergencies circumstances like death and natural calamities. 
  • To organize various cultural programs and performances with a view to safeguard the distinct culture and ethnicity of our community. 
  • To bridge up the youths in positive reinforcement programs and activities. 
  • To inculcate the spirit of brotherhood, mutual understanding, dignity, respect and tolerance among community members and other co-existing communities. 

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