Refugee Resettlement Program

Refugees - SharnagatiSeva

HASC aims to assist the Bhutanese refugees and other refugee communities resettle in the United States, directly and/or with its partners. HASC is developing a partnerships with national organizations (International Institute of New Jersey,  Catholic Charities, Department of Human Services, etal) to provide services to refugee youth, students and seniors starting with Minneapolis and North Dakota  As a partner of HHS (Health and Human Service), HASC promoted awareness of National Influenza Vaccine.

Bhutanese refugees have arrived in the United States. These refugees are originally from Nepal and are primarily of the Hindu faith. Language and communication barriers and cultural gaps make it difficult for these refugees to integrate into mainstream American life and therefore end up living in inner cities, becoming dependent on government assistance. As the Bhutanese refugees have more affinity to the Hindu faith and Indian culture, HASC considers it a moral obligation to assist them with resettlement in their new environment, learn English, and help develop skills for job prospects so that they can become self sufficient and self empowered. This effort will be extended to impoverished communities of all faiths in the vicinity

The purpose of the service initiative is twofold: to engage and help refugees settle in the United States and to become exposed to the new way of life, culture, religion; and to engage with communities, particularly women, youth and children, through social media and technology to build upon cultural, social and educational exchanges, with the ultimate objective to empower them to become self reliant.

Examples of the Sharnagati Program include:

Expanding the interfaith Service in Minneapolis, HASC collaborated with the Salvation Army and “The Lord’s Diner” to adopt a family for the holidays.  Additional efforts were made to provide warm clothes and shoes for a homeless shelter in Minnesota.   Furthermore, HASC held meetings with organizations like Lutheran Social Services and Department of Human Services to establish contacts with community based organizations and also with other refugee communities outside of Minneapolis and North Dakota to provide services to refugees, youth and students as well as seniors. Based on the consensus building efforts, it was agreed that the community should provide assistance in two main areas:  (1) assisting students with ESL training and after-school mentoring and tutoring and (2) assisting senior citizens for civic citizenship and ESL courses.

With International Institute of New Jersey.  HASC organized a workshop providing yoga and meditation, healthy eating emphasizing vegetarian diet, more fruits and vegetables and practicing a healthy lifestyle through exercise, which include:  running, swimming, yoga and Pilates and biking. HASC is working to provide additional yoga workshops at the Hanuman Temple in Jersey City, NJ

}Cleveland, OH:  Case Western Reserve University
Providing assistance to obtain driver’s license
ESL training and youth development(Education)
Social and cultural integration activities
Agricultural assistance (Economic Growth)
Yoga and physical activity (Health)

}Minneapolis, MN:  Hindu American Seva Charities: 
Linguistic, social and cultural integration for adults, children, youth and women
ESL, career development and training (Education and Economic Growth)
Coordinating to provide jobs for the youth (Economic Growth)
Assisting with case management
Yoga and health screenings (Health)
Civic engagement and tutoring for seniors and adults
}Raleigh, North Carolina:  University of North Carolina and Duke University
ESL training and SAT preparation (Education)
Youth development (Education)
Job employment (Economic Growth)
Linguistic, social and cultural integration activities

As a partner of HHS (Health and Human Service), HASC promoted awareness of National Influenza Vaccine. Dr. Anand Parekh, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health (Science & Medicine) gave a talk to the Bhutanese refugees and other temple attendees on December 18th, at Sri Siva Vishnu Temple in Maryland.

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