Who We Are?
Bhutanese Community Association of Charlotte (BCAC) is a locally formed not-for-profit community organization under the incorporated in the state of North Carolina in 2013.
BCAC is comprised of little over 3500 residents spread in 6 different apartment complexes and even more neighborhood locations in Mecklenburg County. resettled here directly under the US Government’s refugee resettlement program and secondary migrants from other cities and states since 2008. Our community comprises mainly three religious communities working closely hand in hand both during times of adversity and prosperity. Charlotte has been a welcoming city for Bhutanese refugees from other cities due to its moderate climatic conditions, friendly people, job prospects, low crime, affordable housing, good education and health care..
Bhutanese refugees, victimized by the Royal Government of Bhutan under its ethnic cleansing policy, stayed in Nepal for over a decade and a half with a futile hope of returning to their country Bhutan before they got resettled in over 8 western countries with US accepting the largest chunk..A group of like-minded volunteers started working together to help the fellow refugees in Charlotte to ease their pains of post-resettlement such as cultural shock, navigating resources and system, helping the families during death and other social events in the community. The volunteers finally got a registered name in March 2013 .Our team tried to stretch their time to the highest extent they could until a point in the last quarter of 2014, they, were not able to do so as most of them were pursuing their college education while also working a job to cater to their family need. Since then our community activity was at its lowest point only catering to the need of most vulnerable families.
Since then, BCAC has successfully organized various activities that involve youths, adults and seniors. Our main focus are our youths and seniors from the community. We are running karate class for almost 2 years every Saturday and Sunday from 4:00-6:00 P.M. This program is run solely with volunteer community instructors encouraging youths to volunteerism, and the program aims to keep youths engaged in enriching activity, distancing them from being involved in harmful activities or falling into company of wrong friends, misutilization or underutilization of time, and thus helping them to be responsible, self disciplined and ultimately a good citizen. We are very proud to have successfully organized karate belt grading and ranking in our hometown, Charlotte, where people from various states participated. We have also been taking high school students on college tours.
Nepali language class is another program we are running for our elementary and middle school students including a few interested high school students. This is done for young generation to not forget their language and cultural values that ensues. With the help of (active) volunteers from our community, karate classes are held weekly on Saturday and Sunday. We are very proud to have successfully organized karate belt grading and ranking in our hometown, Charlotte, where people from various states participated.
No matter how far we are from our home, we should always know our roots; our culture, language, customs and tradition. We should never lose our identity. With that in mind, we have started Nepali classes mainly targeting young children. We are very positive that this will be a huge success just like our other programs.
We are always trying to give back to our community and help in any way possible. To add to the list, we have been supporting our youth soccer team to raise enough fund so that they can participate in Interstate Bhutanese Soccer Tournament that is held every year. A qualifying tournament was held recently among three different cities (Greensboro, High Point and Charlotte) and like in the past years, our team, combining good players from other cities, will be representing North Carolina in the tournament with pride and honor.
It has been very difficult for senior members of our community to adopt to American (pop-culture) culture and it is our responsibility to make the transition as convenient as possible. Taking this into account, we have been rigorously trying to organize recreational programs for seniors.