Bhutanese youth leaders have recently coordinated and completed Futsal tryout session for the Futsal League with CitiSports in Pittsburgh. Youth leaders, players, and volunteers in this process thanks to its sponsors Bhagawat Phuyel and Neoly Home Care, LLC. The league starts in January 2019 and runs till mid-March 2019. High school players from the community will have the opportunity to showcase their skills and talents while making connections with mainstream fellow players and communities. There were players from six (6) different high schools who came and participated for the tryout. Special thanks to these leaders: Coach Kamal Subba, Coach Kushal Rai, Coach Sushan Rai, Ago Gurung, Bhim Subedi, Pradeep Rai, Kewal Khadka, Durga Upreti, and Suraj Nepal.

Bhutanese Community Association of Pittsburgh is organizing Teez Women festival during the Teez week at Saint Anne School at Castle Shannon. The event is for everyone who are interested. There will be free dance, so whoever wants to bring their talent to the stage,  this is the chance. Also free food will be available. 

The address for the venue is

Saint Anne School, Castle Shannon
4040 Willow Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15234
Saturday, August 19, 2017
The event will start from 12:00 PM-3:00 PM

1. The Office of Refugee Resettlement, Washington, DC.
2. Jefferson Regional Foundation, 565 Coal Valley Road, Jefferson Hills, PA 15025
3. Vibrant Pittsburgh, 707 Grant St, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
4. Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, 234 McKee Pl, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

RUP N. POKHAREL
rnpokhrel.1990@gmail.com
rpokhrel@bcap.us

[quote align=”center” color=”#COLOR_CODE”]Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile[/quote]

The welcoming city of Pittsburgh received its first refugees from Bhutan in April 2008. The number increased by hundreds and thousands in subsequent years. The topography, friendly neighborhood, job opportunities, and affordable housing attracted many additional Bhutanese refugees resettled in other states and cities to migrate to Pittsburgh as well. However, the vast transition to a new country– new lifestyles, new rules and regulations to cope with, language, and cultural shock- posed challenges for many individuals. Cases of mental health problems began to rise. Thus, some like-minded volunteers started meeting, discussing and finding ways to alleviate post-resettlement sufferings of the community members.
During these meetings, the need for a community organization was identified. Thus, the Bhutanese Community Association of Pittsburgh (BCAP) was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 2012 with the mission of ensuring a “high quality of life for all members of the Bhutanese community in Pittsburgh and to support their integration into American society through culturally-informed services and activities.” The organization became a registered 501(c)(3) in 2014.
BCAP now has its own rented office, a team of paid staff and runs more than a dozen projects benefiting women, children, and seniors. It has organized youth and students’ group to engage young people in the areas of sports, cultural activities, and to manage community activities.
BCAP is an open and inclusive organization dedicated to preserving and celebrating our Bhutanese and ethnic Nepali culture and traditions, as well as strengthening the community and its members. Our staff and volunteers are committed to helping the most vulnerable in the community overcome daily challenges as they navigate their new life in America, so that they may become active and productive citizens.
BCAP is fortunate to have highly resourceful, friendly and dedicated professionals from the local community as its valued advisers and board members. It has greatly increased our presence in the region as a ‘voice of the community’ and helped develop connections with local resources, service providers and other communities in Allegheny County.
I find myself privileged to be serving this community in an effort to make a difference in the lives of my fellow community members, working alongside a team of highly determined and selfless volunteers, board members and staff. The sense of belonging, belief in ‘unity in diversity,’ and spirit of teamwork has always been the guiding principle of BCAP
We welcome and invite any local foundations, agencies or community organizations to partner with BCAP.

 

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As the event happened this Saturday, 19th of March, 2016, Bhutanese Girls Empowerment Workshop organized by BCAP was very successful. The soul of the workshop as presented by our presenters Bishnu Timsina, and Marina Duane was leadership development in girls of Bhutanese community.

The workshop venue was at DHS Building, 1 Smithfield St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. The workshop started at 9 am and was concluded by 3 PM. Ms. Timsina focused on empowering the girls about the importance of further education and being a leader in the community, while Ms. Duane centralized her portion of the workshop on critical thinking and being able to identify their inner self.

19 girls attended the workshop. Lunch and refreshments were provided by BCAP for all the participants. Transportation was also provided by BCAP’s volunteer for the participants with transportation need.

Needless to say, there is a lack of women leaders in our community. BCAP believes that our girls if trained properly can be great leaders. Making these kind of workshops available to our girls attending High school and college, BCAP hopes to abolish the stereotypes that our community has about women.

BCAP would like to thank Ms. Timsina and Ms. Duane for their valuable time and commitment. BCAP would also like to thank all the BCAP volunteers for everything they do to make the future of our community brighter.

 

 

The rounds of  Community Informational Meeting at different locations ended today with the final meeting at Castle Shannon & Whitehall Place(Formerly Prospect Park). On the same day we had the meeting at these 2 places, morning at Castle Shannon from 9 am and afternoon at Whitehall place from 2 pm.

30 people were present in both the locations. Upendra Dahal briefed about the activities of BCAP, Lok Maya Mahat explained about the funeral fund, while KN Timsina covered Schools, ELCE and others in Castle Shannon. Rup Pokhrel and Ashok covered the part of Lok and KN Timsina in Whitehall Place.

With this 2 meetings our community informational meeting had ended for this year.

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Youth leadership training and planning was held at BCAP office on March 6, 2016 to the full capacity of the training room. It started at 11 am and ended at 2 pm.

The objectives of the training was to provide the youths with an understanding of their potential as a leader in the community, unite youth, motivate them towards good leadership, health and mental health awareness, understanding failure and success.

29 youths including both girls and boys were present in the training. The youths were very exited and wanted to have another training soon one separately for women’s leadership and another one for both boys and girls.

The dates for those training will be announced in our BCAP Facebook page and website in the event section.

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Community Informational Meeting at Bellevue

BCAP held its Community Information for the BELLEVUE  today, March 2, 2016 from 12:30 to 2:30 PM.

Upendra Dahal, Balaram Gurung and Narayan Subedi spoke on the set agenda including BCAP projects, school and children, funeral fund, Vista opportunities, College admissions and other free courses available etc.). The meeting was attended by 15 residents.

The meeting was held at the Church.

 

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