Don't Forget !! >>> TEEJ CELEBRATION - Sunday, September 12th - 10 am to 1 pm, Battery Park, Burlington, Vermont
Greetings !! YOU ARE INVITED !!
WHAT >> Teej Festival - The Woman's Festival
well-being of spouses, partners and children, and purification of
your own body and soul.
WHERE >>Battery Park, Burlington
WHEN >> Sunday, September 12,from 10:00 am until 1:00 pm
WHO >> This festival is for everyone, ladies and men, from all creeds, nationalities and religions.
If you are unfamiliar with Teej, please read about it HERE (click)
HOW >> Wear your best festival clothes !! Ladies are encouraged to wear red. If you would like to contribute and participate, you may also bring flowers, fruits, sweets and coins for offerings and praises. Cameras are allowed, however, please respect privacy and show discretion.
IF you want more information >>>>>>
This is to inform you all that we are going to celebrate "Teej", one of our highly esteemed cultural festivals.
Please come to Battery Park, Burlington on September 12, Sunday from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.
All volunteers and family friends are invited too.
For further information about the celebration, please call Narad Timsina at 802-310-8128.
Contact Rehman (Remu Timsina) to request him to make a copy of your best Teej Song.
All Bhutanese families are invited to celebrate this festive occasion together. We hope this
celebration will bring happiness, joy, success and peace to all.
"Teej" is the fasting festival for women. It takes place in August or early September. The
festival is a three-day long celebration that combines sumptuous feasts as well as rigid
fasting. Through this religious fasting, hindu women pray for marital bliss, well being
of their spouse and children and purification of their own body and soul.
Traditionally, the ritual of Teej is obligatory for all Hindu married women and girls who
have reached puberty. Exception is made for the ones who are ill or physically unfit. In
such circumstances a priest performs the rites. According to the holy books, the Goddess
Parbati fasted and prayed fervently for the great Lord Shiva to become her spouse.
Touched by her devotion, he took her for his wife. Goddess Parbati, in gratitude sent her
emissary to preach and disseminate this religious fasting among mortal women, promising
prosperity and longevity with their family. Thus was born the festival of Teej.
The first day of Teej is called the "Dar Khane Din". On this day the women, both married
and unmarried, assemble at one place, in there finest attires and start dancing and
singing devotional songs. Admist all this, the grand feast takes place. The jollity
goes on till midnight, after which the 24 - hour fast commences. Some women without a
morsel of food or drops of water while others take liquid and fruit.
Gaily dressed women can be seen dancing and singing on the street leading to Shiva
temples. But the main activities take place around the Pashupatinath temple where women
circumambulate the Lingam, the phallic symbol of the lord, offering flowers, sweets and
coins. The main puja (religious ceremony) takes place with offerings of flowers, fruits
etc made to Shiva and Parbati, beseeching their blessing upon the husband and family.
The important part of the puja is the oil lamp which should be alight throughout the
night for it is bad omen if it dies away.
The third day of the festival is Rishi Panchami. After the completion of the
day's puja, women pay homage to various deities and bathe with red mud found on the
roots of the sacred Datiwan bush, along with its leaves. This act of purification is
the final ritual of Teej, after which women are considered absolved from all sins. The
recent years have witnessed alteration in the rituals, especially concerning the
severity, but its essence remains. No matter how agonizing the fast may be Nepalese
women have and will always continue to have faith in the austerities of Teej.
Article by Padmakshi Rana
Photographs collected from Deependra Bajracharya and Min Bajracharya.
The Vermont Bhutanese Association Invites you to the:
Holi Milan Festival
When: Sunday, February 28, 2010
Time: 1:00 pm
Where: Battery Park, Burlington, Vermont
Sunday, February 28
1:15 pm Bhajans
1:30 pm Arathi
1:45 pm Sharing of fresh fruit (grapes, apples, oranges)
2:00 pm Celebration with dry colors (provided – donations requested)
The festival does not recognize any bars of caste, class, tribe or creed! Drenched in colors, every¬body comes to resemble each other, losing their original self. This is the beauty of this festival. Its uniqueness lies in the fact that this festival treats everybody at par. All differences dissolve in the colors that flow in plenty! Let this festival give everyone an opportunity to come together in peace and harmony. Allow the magic of Holi Milan to conjure up love and brotherhood for everyone in the community.
Dear Bhutanese Friends & Families,
We are pleased to inform you that we are planning to have a LUNCH WITH VOLUNTEERS (meeting) on April 24, 2010 at Memorial Auditorium Annex from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. We also feel the need to get together to discuss and plan for the event (pre-event planning meeting). We expect and desire your input in this event.
To discuss and plan for the LUNCH WITH VOLUNTEERS day, please come to the Community Room at CHCB (Community Health Center) on the 20th of February, 2010 from 8:30-10:00am for the pre-event planning meeting. Also, please convey this message to the new families you know. We'd appreciate it if you bring new families to the planning meeting with you.
We hope many people will attend the planning session on February 20th and that everyone will attend LUNCH WITH VOLUNTEERS (meeting) day on April 24th!
Thank you for your time and Cooperation
Vermont Bhutanese Association (VBA)
Attention Bhutanese Friends !!!! Important Meeting Tomorrow > Saturday, October 10 from 9am to 11am
IMPORTANT MEETING FOR BHUTANESE PEOPLE THAT RENT APARTMENTS or HOMES !!!
Learn About Tenant's Rights and Responsibilities !!
Tomorrow - Saturday - 9am to 11am, at the Community Health Center, in Burlington.
The workshop will be interpreted into NEPALI
Do you know that your "security deposit" money may be taken by your landlord when you leave your apartment?
Did you know that the landlord was keeping YOUR money (your security deposit) in a bank account for you, during the last year?
Did you know that this security deposit belongs to you - if you have kept your apartment in good condition and you didn't cause any damage or leave any unpaid bills?
Even if the VRRP paid the security deposit for you when you first arrived in the USA, this security deposit belongs to you! VRRP was using your money when VRRP paid the security deposit and first month's rent!!
Did you know that your security deposit equals your monthly rent?
If you pay $800/month in rent, then your security deposit is $800 !!
If you pay $1400/month in rent, then your security deposit is $1400 !!
Do you want the $800, $1400 or whatever, paid to you when you leave your apartment and move to a better place?
GO TO THE WORKSHOP TOMORROW !!!
LEARN ABOUT SECURITY DEPOSITS AND MANY OTHER IMPORTANT LAWS THAT PROTECT TENANTS !!
When: Saturday, October 10 from 9 am to 11 am
Where: Community Health Center on Riverside Drive in Burlington
Who: Any person that is a renter or tenant!
How: The workshop will be interpreted into NEPALI
TELL YOUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS - THEY ARE INVITED ALSO !!
call Damian if you have any questions
Here are some links to Buddhist resources in the local, state and regional area.
1. Vermont Buddhist Directory >>>>
2. Vermont Buddhist Directory >>>>
3. Buddhist temples, monasteries, stupas, and pagodas sorted by location in the United States. >>>>
More than 75 Bhutanese people of all ages, made a pilgrimage to the nearest Hindu Temple in Albany, New York. This large group filled one school bus and two 15-passenger vans! This trip lasted all day and included many opportunities to reflect, pray and sing within the Temple. Everyone enjoyed a meal provided by volunteers from the Albany Temple. We thank everyone at the Temple for hosting us so kindly and graciously!
Here is a link to some of the photos that were taken on that pilgrimage!
Albany Temple Photos and other photo albums from Burlington, VT area Bhutanese events.
Damber, Beda, Dickcha and Shichya Bhandari took a day trip to the Hindu Temple in Albany, New York on Sunday, May 17, 2009. The trip is about 3 hours drive each way. Below are some photos and videos from the excursion. Beda and Damber recommend a visit to this temple!
The temple is a very nice medium-sized temple. The temple is open every day. There is also a very large cultural center building beside the temple. The cultural center has a large kitchen, dining hall, classrooms and an auditorium with a stage for dramatic performances.
Please examine the website from the Hindu temple and you will see the range of services and programs they offer. >>>> http://www.albanyhindutemple.org/index.php
450 Albany Shaker Road, Albany, NY 12211
HERITAGE DAY : Sunday, May 17, 2009
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
HINDU TEMPLE CULTURAL CENTER
CHILDREN'S DRAMA THEATRE PRESENTATION
1. Nala Damayanti
2. Nama Ramayanam
Jean Palmer, a family friend and well-wisher of the Bhutanese community in the Burlington area - asks that you read the following information regarding possible summer jobs for male and female Bhutanese (age 16 -24). >>>>>>
The Vermont Youth Conservation Corps (www.vycc.org) hires young women and men ages 16 -24 who work and study together under adult leadership to complete important conservation projects such as state park management, trail maintenance and backcountry construction. I have worked with this organization before and they do great work. They are committed to having diverse crews and are excited by the possibility of having some Bhutanese young people on their crews. They hire for 4 week sessions during the summer and the pay is $322. per week. This is a great opportunity to make some money, develop leadership skills, improve your English reading, writing and conversation, learn job skills, and make new friends. It is a great job reference for anything you might want to do in the future. There will be an Information Session with VYCC staff at the Community Health Center of Burlington on Thursday May 14 at 4 p.m. Call: Jean Palmer for more information - 864-6309 ext. 181.
Damian, Beda Bhandari's friend, states that his son Patrick worked for VYCC and enjoyed the work experience very much. Patrick also enjoyed the travel and the opportunity to see many areas in Vermont while he worked for VYCC.
Summer job opportunity for 16 to 24 year old Bhutanese (during summer school vacation)
The VERMONT YOUTH CONSERVATION CORPS - VYCC is currently accepting applications for Corps Members to work on small crews completing high-priority environmental conservation projects across the state of Vermont. Click here to see some example projects that have been completed in prior summers >>> http://www.vycc.org/projects/pastprojects.html Each summer, VYCC crews restore trails, streams, historical sites and natural areas, as well as manage Vermont State Parks. Working for the VYCC gives you a chance to make a lasting contribution to Vermont's communities and landscape.
The VYCC is an intense and challenging experience, full of long days and hard work. It is also an immeasurably rich experience with many opportunities for growth and learning. As a VYCC Corps Members, you need to be prepared to work hard and learn more than you could possibly imagine about your surroundings and yourself.
Our different crew types offer increased levels of challenge and responsibility for Corps Members who work with us over several sessions.
The VYCC is a statewide, year-round, non-profit conservation and education organization with the mission of teaching individuals to take personal responsibility for their actions. Each year we enroll over 300 Corps Members and full-time AmeriCorps Members, aged 16-24, to work, live, and study together in small groups. All of our crews complete priority conservation, agriculture, park management, and disaster relief projects throughout Vermont and beyond under the guidance of highly trained leaders.
Since 1985 the VYCC has provided young people from every county and nearly every town in Vermont the opportunity to gain valuable natural resource training and education. The VYCC has completed several million dollars worth of priority conservation work in Vermont through partnerships with agencies and organizations, such as the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation, Vermont Agency of Transportation, Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, and Vermont's Green Mountain Club.
The date for this year's SMOP is May 29th!
Can't make SMOP! Visit CSWD's Burlington Drop-Off Center (339 Pine Street) on Wed 9:30-5:00 p.m.; Thurs & Sat 8:00-3:30 p.m.
Deliver to: ReCycle North
or see "Furniture - Used" in the Yellow Pages.
CSWD Environmental Depot 1011 Airport Parkway, South Burlington, 863-0480Wed, Thur, Fri, 8:00 to 2:00 and Sat, 8:00 to 3:30
CLICK ON THE IMAGES BELOW TO ENLARGE >>>>>>>>>>>>>
Bhutanese refugee leader gunned down in Nepal camp
(click here for the source link) >>> Kathmandu, April 22 (IANS)
A 52-year-old Bhutanese man living in a refugee camp in eastern Nepal was gunned down Tuesday, police said.
Shantiram Nepal, a 52-year-old, was killed by a group of people who attacked him at his hut in eastern Nepal’s Beldangi camp.
Five people have been arrested on the suspicion that they were behind the killing.
Nepal was said to have been a member of the underground Communist Party of Bhutan (Maoist) that says it will start an armed struggle in the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan to overthrow its hereditary monarchy.
The 52-year-old is said to have left the party recently.
More than 100,000 Bhutanese have been living in refugee camps in east Nepal since their eviction by the Druk government almost two decades ago.
After hopes of repatriation failed, many of the refugees have opted for settlement in western countries.
Led by the US, other governments like Canada, Norway and Australia have offered to provide a new home to the refugees.
The exodus however created tension between those who want a fresh start and those who want the world community to pressure Bhutan into taking its citizens back.
The Bhutan Maoists are opposing the resettlement in other countries.
Nepal’s ruling Maoist party said it would resume repatriation talks with the Bhutan government but so far, has made no progress.
Many Maoist leaders blame India, Bhutan’s largest donor and trade partner, for the impasse, saying India’s support has emboldened the Druk government into refusing to take the refugees back.
Syracuse, NY.-----Read my story in Monday's Post-Standard about how the economic recession is affecting refugees. Many of the nearly 1,000 refugees who settled in the Syracuse area in the last year are having a tough time finding work.
Refugee resettlement agencies receive funding from the federal government that requires them to put refugees to work within the first four months of their arrival. But Jasenko and others say they're having a hard time meeting that deadline because of the economy. Refugee resettlement agencies nationwide are experiencing the same problem.
With the loss of manufacturing jobs, refugee agencies are looking at other areas of the economy-seasonal agricultural jobs, retail health care and house-keeping as well as enrolling refugees in job-training programs.
"We're looking at any kind of market outside the factories that we've gone to,'' said Felicia Castricone, executive director of Northside CYO, the Catholic Charities agency that runs the refugee program.
Last year, Catholic Charities of Onondaga County placed more than 50 refugees at Plainville Turkey Farms, now known as Kosher Valley. When the company changed management, 57 refugees were laid off, said Harvey Pinyoun, a caseworker and volunteer coordinator. Nine of those workers were called back, he said. The agency also placed workers at Beak & Skiff, an apple orchard in Lafayette.
Photo by Mike Greenlar /The Post-Standard
The Refugee Family Program has enrolled Bhutanese refugees in certified nursing assistant programs at James Square Nursing Home and Iroquis Nursing Home, Jasenko said. Some refugees are also enrolled in the Northside Green Train, a new initiative developed by the Northside Collaborative to offer basic construction and weatherization training for neighborhood residents.
Assemblyman Bill Magnarelli secured funding for the 12-week program, which seeks to help residents find jobs, said Dominic Robinson, the collaborative's program director. Thirteen of the 15 participants are refugees, he said.
"We're working with refugees because clearly there's huge population on the North Side,'' he said. "About 300 families a year come to our neighborhood through the refugee resettlement agencies. We wanted to target them initially just because we have good relationship with the agencies, and it's an easy pipeline.''
Refugee resettlement agencies are also working with refugees who have been laid off from jobs they've had for years. Refugees are competing with American workers for the limited number of jobs that anybody will be eager to take in this economy.
Chali said her parents have been looking for work since they settled here in September. She finished 10th grade in Nepal, but Chali said she wants to find a job.
After fleeing civil war, economic and social injustices in their homelands, most refugees are eager to find jobs so they can take care of their families and pursue the American dream. While they are safe and free, refugees are concerned about their financial future.Jean Baptiste, 35, a refugee from Congo, lost his job at Marquardt Corporation in Cazenovia in December. He's been looking for a job since then because it's hard to support his wife, Maria and their 6-year-old daughter, Agnes on the $180 he receives every week from unemployment."I can't pay all the bills," he said. "It's too difficult to find any job because too many companies, no work. If you not work, it's not a good feeling. It's too bad."
When I reached office of the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO), a wing of US CCB, one of the receiving agencies in Syracuse, New York (where I now live), I was thrilled to see the hall full of people. I mean the resettled Bhutanese.
(The following article has been published by SEWA International)
How are our "resettled" brothers and sisters from Bhutan and the Nepal refugee camps surviving? Please read this story below. There are already two SEWA Bhutanese Empowerment Projects operating in our small neighboring state of New Hampshire - and three next door in Massachusetts!
Bhutanese Refugee Empowerment Project
Sewa International USA provides a helping hand to Bhutanese refugees
The population in Bhutan mainly consists of two communities: the Drukpas and the Lhotshampas. In 1985, conflict between these two communities resulted in a mass exodus of Lhotshampas to Nepal. Starting from then until 1994, more than 110,000 Lhotshampas took refuge in seven UN-administered camps in Nepal living in very poor conditions.
The United States eventually volunteered to resettle 60,000 of these refugees, with the remainder destined to go to other developed nations. In 2008, they began arriving in the United States in what the UN has described as one of the world's largest resettlement efforts ever.
These refugees are given only a few months of support from the government and the resettlement agencies. After that, they are required to become self-sufficient. The most pressing needs are for financial assistance, employment, and basic material needs. They also require support to help them make the transition to this new land.
These are poor families who cannot afford to buy essentials such as blankets, winter jackets, and toys for their children. Many have no jobs or are students and have no income. Although the VolAgs (Voluntary Agencies), or resettlement agencies, provide some support for the first few months, it is not adequate.
Though many of the refugees are educated and can speak English, many of them have remained unemployed. And because agency support and government aid is not available to them for an extended period of time, the assistance of Sewa International is quickly becoming a lifeline for many of these families.
Sewa International USA is providing:
Sewa International USA has taken up a nationwide project to help these families. Currently, our chapters in various cities, along with various local organizations, are working to fulfill the immediate and longer-term needs of these refugees with several more chapters gearing up to help.
Sewa International USA is providing:
- Financial help
- Essential materials such as blankets, winter jackets, clothes, toys etc.
- Employment assistance
- Job search assistance
- Sponsorship of vocational training
- Job fairs
- Help in acquiring driver licences
- Sponsoring or donating used cars
- Help in transitioning to a new environment while preserving their culture
- Help in conducting cultural events
- Mentoring and friendship
- Rides to their preferred places of worship
Each chapter may only provide certain services depending upon availability of resources. We welcome any Bhutanese refugees who need help to contact us at the information provided below.
Sewa International USA is currently conducting the BRE project at the following locations.
How can you help?
Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh
Hindu Temple of Atlanta
India Association of New Hampshire
Sunnyvale Hindu Temple
Vishwa Hindu Parishad
Please attend the Bhutanese Community meeting (tomorrow) on Saturday, April 11 at the Burlington Library at 1:00 pm
Attention! Here is the news and an announcement of the first Bhutanese Community Meeting!
1 to 3 p.m.
Fletcher Free Library
235 College Street
Dear family friends and well wishers,
We are pleased to invite you to the first informal Bhutanese community meeting scheduled to be held on Saturday, the 11th of April, 2009. The meeting commences at 1:00 pm and ends at 3:00 pm at the Fletcher Free Library, 2nd floor. This gathering is initiated by some willing-to-help local friends as we build a strong Bhutanese community here in northern Vermont. Invited are family friends of Bhutanese families (volunteers), representatives from each Bhutanese refugee family, and well wishers to our Bhutanese community. May we have the pleasure of your company at this meeting as we work together to build a vital Bhutanese community? Your presence is highly solicited.
Many Thanks - Madhu and Harka
“Judge orders state to enforce housing rules,” By Wilson Ring, The Associated Press August 29, 2008,
This posting is from a Burlington Free Press newspaper article by Wilson Ring, of The Associated Press, dated August 29, 2008.
The formatting and link to this article was provided via a link to the: Vermont Tenants, Inc. website.
The Vermont Tenants, Inc. office is located at 294 North Winooski Avenue in Burlington, Vermont, (nearby the Food Shelf office).
Vermont Tenants, Inc. provides free direct services to tenants including advice, advocacy and referrals and they conduct workshops for various groups on residential rental housing laws, codes and more. Most of Vermont Tenants, Inc. services are provided by phone, but walk-in clients can usually be assisted during normal business hours.
They produce and distribute the widely used handbook, "Renting in Vermont, Handbook. " This handbook provides information about Vermont's Landlord-Tenant laws. Please stop by the Vermont Tenants, Inc. office (at 294 North Winooski Avenue in Burlington) and ask for a copy of the "Renting in Vermont, Handbook".
They will be happy to give you fair and friendly advice regarding any question you have about renting an apartment or questions you may have regarding how your landlord treats you or your renting situation.
Another new article at>> http://vermont-bhutanese-association.blogspot.com/
In Vermont, we eagerly await these new funding, staffing and rent subsidy funds and initiatives.
Federal funding boost will help Utah refugees
Rescue » New money allows for expanding staff and shrinking caseloads.
By Julia Lyon
The Salt Lake Tribune
After 15 years at a refugee camp in Kenya, Ali Amin arrived in 2007 in Utah, where he felt lost and afraid of the snow. His 11-member family -- the grandmother is now 102 -- included a child who was so sick that Amin didn't think he would ever walk.
But his son is exploring the world on his own two feet these days, and his father, emboldened by a driver license, is doing the same thing behind the wheel.
The Somali refugee family credits much of their success to the devotion of its case manager at the International Rescue Committee. "I think if Stacey weren't helping us, we would not survive," Amin said Friday through an interpreter.
The family benefitted from special long-term case management, which, starting this month, all new refugees will receive. Thanks to federal dollars, Utah's resettlement organizations were able to hire a large number of new staff, who will guide and supervise refugees during their first two years in America. The goal is to foster independence and ensure families aren't overlooked.
This is a massive shift in a system that critics say has previously left many refugees feeling abandoned and neglected. Minimal funding meant staffers were overwhelmed and unable to provide more than basic help.
Under the previous system, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and Catholic Community Services (CCS) welcomed refugees, found them a place to live and helped connect them to services, such as food stamps and health insurance.
After about 6 months, refugee cases were transferred to the Asian Association, where a staff member was responsible for as many as 130 individuals and families. Critics say some refugees received too little, if any, help.
"We were putting 'band-aids' on problems," said Lina Smith, director at the Utah Refugee Center based at the association. "We absolutely didn't have the staff to do proper case management."
All three groups have expanded staff thanks to about $2 million per year in federal welfare and social service dollars for the two-year experimental program.
Thanks to nine new employees, Smith's staff members each now have between 35 and 40 cases. Families will be matched with case managers who speak the same language. At all the agencies, Iraqi, Burmese and Bhutanese staff have been hired, because those are the largest refugee groups expected this year. Visiting refugees' homes will happen more frequently, something that was often unrealistic for frantic workers before.
"They couldn't even have lunch," Smith said.
Stacey Shaw, who worked with Amin's family as an IRC long-term case manager, helped them with a variety of challenges, from re-enrolling the kids in school to making doctor's appointments. Her goal was to empower the family to be self-sufficient, and that's begun to happen. Now Amin can go to the pharmacy alone. He made a doctor's appointment this week without any help.
"A big part of it is being able to develop a relationship with the family," she said.
Starting March 1, IRC began to keep all its new cases for two years. CCS will continue to transfer its cases to the Asian Association after six months, but the additional staff will allow the association to give the new refugees increased attention during the following year and a half. The goal is for agencies' caseload to drop to about 20 per case manager.
Before the move, stories abounded of refugees who hadn't seen their caseworkers for a long time and didn't know how to get help, explained Gerald Brown, the director of Utah's new refugee services office. With long-term case management, that is expected to stop.
"We've got contracts with all three [agencies], and we're going to monitor them," he said.
Staff morale is high at CCS, said Aden Batar, resettlement director. An additional boon will come when some refugee families begin to receive new housing subsidies this year, decreasing monthly rent pressure.
"With these two things working together, then I think we can work with the families on long-term issues," he said, citing English skills as an example.
His counterpart at IRC, Patrick Poulin, believes this is the direction refugee programs "need to go."
"Hopefully it's something the new administration will look at," he said.
"A Bhutanese refugee died recently in his Vickery Meadow apartment in Dallas, within walking distance of Lal Subba's home. The family had no money for a burial, so Subba and the other Bhutanese families in the complex took up a collection to ensure the elderly man received appropriate honor for the life he led.
Purna Ghaley (left) and Lal Subba, refugees from Bhutan, walk to the Park Lane transit station for their commute to downtown Dallas, where they work for a catering company. They and their families moved to Dallas last fall to start new lives after living in a refugee camp in Nepal. " Photos by SONYA N. HEBERT/DMN"
"We are at the beginning stages of feeling the impact in Texas," said Caitriona Lyons, the state's refugee program coordinator. She said it's now taking longer to place refugees in jobs, thwarting the adjustment process and lessening their ability to become self-sufficient.
The $445 he receives monthly from the International Rescue Committee will trickle to $187 next month and stop in July, along with the Medicaid for his sick mother.
"I see people under the bridge and I think, 'Will that be me?' " he said in the halting English he learned in the camp. His Nepali ancestry put him at risk in Bhutan, and his refugee status left him shunned in Nepal.
"We are in the right place at the wrong time. This is a good country, but when we arrive here, it's too much difficult to get a job for all people, not just us."
About 60,000 refugees arrived in the U.S. last year – 8,000 more than in 2007. The number is expected to grow in 2009.
The solution is not to decrease the flow of refugees but to overhaul the entire system during the new administration, said one person. She wants more resources channeled toward housing assistance as well as programs that focus on the increasingly diverse pool of refugees entering the United States.
"This is a decision to rescue people in extraordinarily dire circumstances," she said, citing the nation's longstanding history of moral obligation.
The stimulus package will affect refugees the same way it does lower-income Americans, but that still won't significantly help them, said Debi Wheeler, the IRC's regional director in Dallas. The search for jobs and housing is compounded by a culture shock that includes anything from buying a DART ticket to learning how to tell the difference between a $1 bill and a $20 bill.
"There is just not enough money for what we are required to do, and the recession is bringing to light the challenges that are faced by these programs," she said.
"Imagine finding an apartment in America for one person, and we are looking for hundreds."
Area caseworkers say it's even more difficult to find employment for refugees. Last May, IRC job developer Jim Stokes placed 11 to 12 people a week in positions. Now, he hopes for two to three a week. Prospects for gainful employment in Vermont are much more bleak.
Dallas hosts three federally funded refugee agencies: IRC, Catholic Charities and Refugee Services of Texas. Vermont hosts just one, even though more refugees were brought to the state than any other state, on a per capita basis. From the $6.2 million allocated through Texas, a little more than $1.6 million will go to Dallas this year. The agencies lobby for funding from the state government.
Holi Day - March 11, 2009
(click on the arrow in the lower left corner of the video below)
Click On the YouTube Videos Below >>>>>>>
"A Bhutanese show in Minnesota
Posted on 03 March 2009 by the editor of AFPA. Minnesota, March 03, 2009:
Bhutanese recently resettled in the state of Minnesota in the USA, celebrated Bhutan Day on February 28 with a number of cultural shows, performances and a first conference in an attempt to visualize the atrocities of the Bhutanese government in early 1990s to evict them.
According to Barun Dhakal, more then 200 people attended the program, which was basically organized to empowered refugee youth and give Bhutanese a chance to learn more about Minnesota’s refugee services as well as get job hunting advice.
The event was planned by a small group of Bhutanese leaders and friends and the Nirvana Center (the first Bhutanese Center in the state) !!!
And the event was sponsored by:
the Asian Indian Family Wellness Center (SEWA),
the Asian Pacific Endowment Center (APEC),
the Center for Victims of Torture (CVT),
the Center for Asian Pacific Islanders (CAPI),
the Council for Asian Pacific Minnesotans,
Lutheran Social Services,
the St. Paul Foundation,
the World Council of Churches
and World Relief.
The event is expected to help teach western people about Bhutanese refugees, where only a few people know that there are currently about 106,000 refugees from Bhutan, primarily from Southern Bhutan, evicted when the government imposed a policy of one nation one people.
The morning started with an informational presentation on resources for refugees by Patricia Fenwick, executive director of World Relief, followed by breakout workshops on a choice of topics, employment, youth, elders and mental health."
From the >>>
Security Deposit Refunds - Legal Requirements
The landlord must return the security deposit by hand delivering or mailing it to the tenant’s last known address within 14 days from the day the landlord discovers the tenant has moved out or from the date the tenant actually moves out, if the tenant gives the landlord notice that he or she has moved. The security deposit return should include a written statement itemizing any deductions taken out by the landlord. It is to the tenant’s benefit to get notice to the landlord, along with keys to the apartment, on the date they move out. If the landlord fails to return the security deposit and statement within the 14-day period, the landlord must return the entire deposit.
A tenant who does not receive his or her deposit back or who disagrees with some of the deductions the landlord takes may go to Small Claims Court to try to recover the deposit. (See, “Using Small Claims Court”) Tenants of apartments in Burlington and Barre can go to their local Housing Board of Review. It is sometimes possible to avoid this process if the tenant and landlord can work out a compromise. The parties may want to try to negotiate before, or even after, a claim has been filed in Small Claims Court.
If the landlord willfully withholds or fails to return the security deposit and written statement, the landlord may, at a judge’s discretion, be ordered to pay the tenant two times the amount of security, plus reasonable attorney’s fees and costs if the tenant goes to court.
What is “Normal wear and tear”?
Normal wear and tear is the deterioration which occurs normally with occupancy of a rental unit and which is not the result of negligence, carelessness, accident or abuse of the premises by tenants or their guests. [Definition from Vermont state law: “ ‘Normal wear and tear’ means the deterioration which occurs, based upon the reasonable use for which the rental unit is intended, without negligence, carelessness, accident or abuse of the premises or equipment or chattels by the tenant or members of his or her household or their invitees or guests.”]
A landlord cannot deduct from a security deposit the costs of ANY of the following things:
Painting (unless careless, negligent, accidental or destructive tenant activity or actions make repainting necessary when it normally would not be),
Re-advertising the apartment (except in some circumstances when the tenant has broken the lease) (See, “Breaking a Lease”)
Renovation of the unit.
A landlord may NOT deduct from a security deposit any funds unless the damage was caused by the tenant or their guests through negligence, carelessness, accident or abuse.
If the landlord attempts to make a deduction from your security deposit for anything that was NOT damage caused by negligence, carelessness, accident or abuse caused by you or your guests- then you should notify the landlord in writing that you do not intend to pay for these erroneous charges. Tenants of apartments in Burlington can go to the Burlington Housing Board of Review. It is sometimes possible to avoid this process if the tenant and landlord can work out a compromise.
--- For Questions: Contact Vermont Tenants Inc. at 864-0099.
--- Always send a written notice to your landlord and/or property manager informing him or her of the problem and of what actions you intend to take.
NOTE: This document is intended to serve as a general guide to tenants and does not constitute a legal opinion or legal advice regarding any specific situation.
Vermont Tenants, Inc. is located at:294 North Winooski Avenue,Burlington, Vermont; 05401(802) 864-0099 or 1-800-287-7971
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Do you want to find a new place to rent? Is your landlord planning to increase your monthly rent payments when your current 6-month lease expires? Are you unhappy with your current housing?
Housing and rental costs in the Burlington area are very expensive. Lower-cost subsidized housing is available, however the application process is complicated and time-consuming! There are long waiting lists for all of the low-cost places. You must apply early and you must update your applications regularly.
The two most important places to apply for lower-cost housing are the:
Burlington Housing Authority, 65 Main Street, Burlington, Vermont 05401 at 802-864-0538 during the hours of Monday- Friday 8:30 - 4:00.
Winooski Housing Authority - their office hours are 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM Monday through Friday and their office number is (802) 655-2360 . The office is located at 83 Barlow St, Winooski, VT 05404
The Vermont State Housing Authority(VSHA) is located at One Prospect Street • Montpelier, Vermont 05602. Their phone number is: 802-828-3295 (ask to speak with Lluisa). The VSHA is another agency with lower-cost housing located in the Burlington area (Burlington, Colchester, Essex Junction, Milton). They will arrange for a Bhutanese translator to help you with preparing your application, when you visit their office in Montpelier....
There are many forms to fill out if you are interested! Please visit these offices and ask for all necessary forms.
If you need help filling out the applications ask a friend or go to the office of the Association of Africans Living in Vermont, their phone number is: 802 985 3106 and the office is located at 139 Elmwood Avenue, Burlington, VT 05401 (just around the corner from the Community Action Office on North Street). The people working at this office receive funding to help with these types of questions.
To get an idea of market rate rental prices, check the currently advertised places in the Burlington /Winooski /South Burlington area. The best source for available places is on the website CRAIGSLIST.
When the local colleges and universities finish their spring school semesters, the market will be "flooded" for a short while with newly available rentals. This is a good time to look for another apartment. Those places will begin to be advertised in mid-April through mid-June. Don't consider a summer sublet, as they are only available for the 3 summer months!
Other good places to look for apartment rentals are in the Burlington Free Press classified ads and in the Seven Days classified ads.