BHUTANESE REFUGEES IN THE U.S.
More than 80,000 Bhutanese refugees have been resettled across the U.S. and constitute one of the largest refugee populations in the country. The resettled Bhutanese refugee community faces a number of challenges in their new home, including:
• Trouble obtaining employment or underemployment.
• Language barrier making it difficult to access various services.
• Difficulty retaining their cultural and religious traditions.
• High incidence of mental health issues.
Bhutanese Refugees in Pittsburgh
Approximately about 5000 Bhutanese have resettled in Pittsburgh region as a result of direct resettlement process through the agencies, including many others who moved to Pittsburgh from other cities and states, due to their family members, better job opportunities (entry level), landscape and the beauty of the city.
Castle Shannon, Carrick, Green Tree, Whitehall Place (formerly Prospect Park), Leland Point (Baldwin), Mt. Oliver, Bellevue, Sharpsburg, Sewickley.
Our teams consists of nine Board of Directors, Executives including President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and Youth Coordinator. We have 20 representatives from different locations. We also have different groups like Cultural Coordinator, Sports coordinator, Office staff, Students Group, Youth Groups, Volunteers and Advisors from outside of the community. Details of the organization structure can be found at www.bcap.us
Our own Community Hall has been a dream of the Bhutanese community since 2008. It will greatly help in running different community programs at all times with ease. It will also serve as a center for other organizations and service providers to easily connect with our community. We are not able to own or operate one due to unavailability of funds at this. At present we have been organizing events at various places with the generous assistance from our community partners.
Our people with limited or no English are unable to obtain driver’s licenses. Securing a license is an area of priority for them to improve their employment options if they can independently transport themselves. BCAP will engage in starting Driver’s training & education including interpretation services in future.