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Building Community in NH

Building Community in New Hampshire helps refugees in New Hampshire become Americans. Our case managers and 80 percent of our board members came to America as refugees or asylees. With grants, contracts, and donations, BCNH helps refugees find jobs, learn English, get medical care, enroll their children in schools, get a driver's llicense and evenutally their citizenship. 

BCNH was founded by a group of Bhutanese refugees in 2009 as the Bhutanese Community of New Hampshire. In 2017 we changed our name to reflect our broader mission to support refugees from all nations. With a grant from the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement we have helped two other ethnic-community based organizatoins establish successful programs: Overcomers Refugee Services in Concord and the Rohingya Society of Greater Nashua.

In 2020, we hired our first Congolese case manager, Eric Irakiza. He also supports the work of the Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester.

BCNH needs your support to continue its work.    

In April 2020, in response to the Corona virus pandemic, several of our board members formed a volunteer task force to get supplies, protective equipment, and information to refugee communities. In April BCNH's board chair, Tilak Niroula organized a Facebook Live event presented in Nepali that focused on COVID 19. The forum featured a medical doctor from Pennsylvania and a COVID survivor from Manchester. It was viewed by 8,000 Nepali speakers across the country. 

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Posted on: Thursday, May 14, 2020

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