Refugees from Bhutan arrived in Central New York back in 2008. They were forced to flee their home country after bombings and violent attacks struck throughout the Himalayan mountains. After 10 years of safety and Central New York living, the Bhutanese refugees can now celebrate.
According to Syracuse.com, nearly 3,000 Bhutanese refugees have settled in Syracuse over the last 10 years. They have been working in hospitals, nursing homes, factories, and are excellent students, neighbors, and community leaders. The Bhutanese community is now celebrating its 10 years of life and hard work in Central New York.
“We’ve achieved great things in 10 years,” said Jay Subedi, the president of the Bhutanese Community in Syracuse. “This program was made in Syracuse because we want new immigrants and refugees to be treated kindly and like citizens.”
The group’s 10th anniversary celebration was held at the Franklin Elementary School in Syracuse and featured plenty of delicious cultural foods and an excellent playlist of Bhutanese and international music. Typically, the ideal playlist for a three-hour party is roughly 52 songs long.
This event isn’t just for celebrating, however. The Bhutanese community group is also focusing on giving back to those less fortunate across Central New York. The event also included a blessing box, sponsored by TruCare Connections, Inc. and CNY Uniform Plus. The blessing box will be located at 710 Kirkpatrick St. and every single Saturday it will be filled with food so that people of lower incomes can look to it for a meal.
Across the globe, millions of people are denied basic human rights and respect and often have to relocate to more welcoming lands. In some instances, families are torn apart and have to decide between staying in their homeland and being killed or leaving in an instant and changing their lives forever.
Subedi came to Syracuse nine years ago and has always felt welcomed — he hopes it will continue.
“We would love the same love and respect people got in this country many, many years ago,” he added. “They’ve been able to preserve their culture and traditions and we want to preserve our culture and love this country.”