Building Community in New Hampshire

Building Community in New Hampshire

Building Community in New Hampshire was founded in 2009 by Bhutanese refugees as a self-help organization. We now help refugees from all nations navigate their way to safe, healthy, prosperous, and connected lives in New Hampshire. Our case managers and most of our board members are former refugees. Our services

Building Community in New Hampshire

Building Community in New Hampshire was founded in 2009 by Bhutanese refugees as a self-help organization. We now help refugees from all nations navigate their way to safe, healthy, prosperous, and connected lives in New Hampshire. Our case managers and most of our board members are former refugees. Our services today focus on Rohingya, Bhutanese, and Congolese refugees in Nashua, Manchester, and Concord.

About the Organization:

Building Community in New Hampshire was founded in 2009 by Bhutanese refugees as a self-help organization. We now help refugees from all nations navigate their way to safe, healthy, prosperous, and connected lives in New Hampshire. Our case managers and most of our board members are former refugees. Our services today focus on Rohingya, Bhutanese, and Congolese refugees in Nashua, Manchester, and Concord.

organizational budget

$100,000 - $500,000

existence for

11-15 YEARS

The Issue:

Rohingya refugees in New Hampshire are virtually invisible; the Bhutanese are better known among the mainstream culture, but still largely marginalized. Even those with strong English language skills and citizenship lack the confidence and know-how to interact with the white institutions around them. Many are effective leaders within their ethnic community. We want to help them be effective leaders for their ethnic community.

The Solution:

Each year about 35 successful people in New Hampshire go through a 10-month program called “Leadership New Hampshire.” It’s terrific, but exclusive. We will create Leadership New Americans to help the state’s refugees from Bhutan and Myanmar build their social capital, learn advocacy techniques, meet their aldermen, mayors, and members of Congress, and learn how to represent their own interests on boards and civic organizations. Leadership New Americans will recruit at least 8 Bhutanese, 8 Rohingya, and 8 Congolese adults who came to New Hampshire as refugees. We will help them explore key institutions in Nashua, Manchester, and Concord, and find their way to greater visibility and influence. We will meet when their work schedules allow and tour city halls, the DMV, and local Rotary clubs. We will demystify these institutions. We will also focus on how nonprofits work and what it takes to be an effective board member.

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