Bhutanese Community Of Michigan

OUR STORY

About Us

Who we are!

Bhutanese community of Michigan (BCM) is a community organization registered in the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as a 501 c (3) non-profit entity. This organization is established to address various issues experienced by the Nepali speaking Bhutanese refugees after their resettlement in the greater Grand Rapids area. Although various steps were taken to establish the organization as early as 2008, when the first batch of refugees arrived in Michigan, the organization was formally registered in IRS and in the state of Michigan in 2014.
The primary goal of the organization is to support fellow refugees in transitioning from traumatic lives they spent in refugee camps to advanced and sophisticated US societies. In other words, the organization’s goal is to relieve and remediate “culture shock” refugees experience in their new homeland as well as to prepare them to face upcoming challenges in integration, employment, and citizenship. We believe the US society to be “salad bowl” rather than a “melting pot” when it comes to acculturation and integration. Thus, we strive to preserve our unique identity as we undergo social, educational, and cultural changes in the new society.
Currently, we are seeking community supports and grants from local, state, and federal agencies to support this vulnerable groups who are still recovering from culture shock. We have a dedicated team working around the clock to address community issues and needs. Your donations in any forms- moral, financial, or legal will be greatly appreciated.

Our team consists of a dedicated volunteers who have been working around the clock to address issues within the community. Our current team consists of 17 board members along with an Advisory board consisting of 7 members. In addition to this, our team also has been networking with volunteers across Greater Grand Rapids. Bethany Christian Services have been our partner for a long time. Similarly, the City of Kentwood, West Michigan Asian Association and various local churches have been providing us with guidance and support. We are constantly looking to build partnership with other local, state, and national agencies to better serve our community to address glaring issues within the refugee and immigrant population.

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Purna Giri (Chairman of BCM)

Mr. Giri is the current Chairman for the Bhutanese Community of Michigan. He has served in various capacities within the Bhutanese Community of Michigan since 2014. Mr. Giri worked as a teacher, academic curriculum designer, and a teacher trainer for 17 years in Nepal. He also served as a leader in Bhutan National Teachers Association, a non-profit organization for three years while staying in Nepal.
Mr. Giri has a Bachelor degree in Arts and another Bachelor degree in Education.
Mr. Giri came to the US through the refugee resettlement program in 2010 and has been working as a full time associate in ABC UnderCar Products Inc. in Wyoming, MI.
Mr. Giri is married to his beautiful wife and has two children. In his free time, Mr. Giri spends time with his two kids and volunteers for other social organizations.

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Dhaka Timsina (Director)

Mr. Timsina servers as one of the directors for the Bhutanese Community of Michigan. He has been associated with various community organizations ever since he came to the US in 2008 through refugee resettlement program. Before joining BCM in 2016, he served as the president of the Bhutanese Society of Lansing, a 501c3 organization, based in Lansing Michigan from 2014-2016. He also served as the secretary for the Bhutanese Society of Lansing from 2011-2014.
Mr. Timsina obtained a Bachelor degree in Computer Networking and Information Security from Davenport University in 2017. He also has a Bachelor degree in Physical Science from the University of North Bengal India. Currently, he works as system engineer at a private organization.
Mr. Timsina is married to his wife Rina, and has two beautiful daughters Sofia and Darshana. He spends his free time with the two girls.

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Mr. Dilli Gautam, MPH |President |

Dilli Gautam is a public health professional who received his undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Grand Valley State University and Master of Public Health from Eastern Washington University. He immigrated to the US in 2008 and has been involved in the Bhutanese community in different capacities. He worked at East Kentwood High School as an English Language Learners Interventionists bridging the gap between the school and the immigrant communities’ perception of the US school system. He also worked as a Graduate Student Assistant conducting research in various domains of the social determinants of health and public health. His has also worked in Las Nubes, Costa Rica conducting a community health needs assessment as well as an operation of a community health center. Since 2007, He has been actively involved as an executive team member of the Helpless Children Welfare Mission, an orphanage in Itahari, Nepal. He currently works as the president of the Bhutanese Community of Michigan. His hobbies include traveling, hiking, and reading books.

Mr. Sagar Dangal | Vice President |

Sagar Dangal was born and raised in a refugee camp in Nepal. He came to the United States as a part of United Nations’ refugee resettlement program in February 2019 at the age of 16. Sagar attended Lansing Community College and Michigan state university after graduating from Everett high school in Lansing, MI. He graduated from Michigan State University with bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 2016. He is currently employed at Monroe, LLC as a design engineer. Sagar is also a founder and CEO of Dangal Tax services, his own business, a tax service provider for individual income tax filing services in Grand Rapids area. In addition, he served as the BCM’s secretary from February 2017 – March 2019 prior to his current role as a Vice President.

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Mr. Ram Parsai | Vice-treasurer |

Ram Parsai is a practiced assembly and process technician at Monroe, LLC since 2012. He is certified in Computer Numerical Control and Programmable Logic Controller. He served as a teacher in a refugee camp in Nepal before migrating to the United States in 2010. Ram graduated from Purwanchal higher secondary high school in Nepal. He has been a passionate social worker of the Bhutanese community in different capacities for several years. Currently he is the treasurer of the BCM.

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Ps.Titus | Secretary |
Ms. Pabitra Sanyasi | Vice-Secretary |
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