Interview with Bhagirath Khatiwada – What do I need to know?
Organization: Bhutanese Community of NH
Title: Program Director
He’s also one of the developers of the organization.
Online bio from the Bhutan News Service:
[Khatiwada] completed his Master’s degree in Rural Development from Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, in 2005. After completing his degree, Khatiwada served in Columbus Treks and Expedition, Kathmandu, Nepal for three years as General Manager. He has also authored a series of social studies text books for grades six and seven through Asia Publication in 2008. He has conducted research works on good governance and sustainable tourism in Nepal. He has also written various news articles in different newspapers at different times.
Khatiwada came to Concord, New Hampshire in the United States of America in August 2008. Soon after his arrival, he jumped into community service. He helped in developing a non- profit organization, Bhutanese Community of New Hampshire (BCNH) in June, 2009 with the vision of helping Bhutanese for successful integration. He has also established and directed the Nepali Learning Project in Concord to help Nepali speaking kids in Nepali language learning process with the objective of preserving and promoting Nepali language, Bhutanese culture, arts and heritage since May, 2011. He is also serving as the Vice President in Gyan Jyoti Kendra– A Global Institute for the Nepali-Speaking Diaspora since December 2011.
He is also serving as the Consultant in Healthy Home Healthy Community-A collective health effort of Office of Minority Health and Refugee Affairs, Concord Hospital, BCNH and Somali Development Center. Besides, he is serving as a Caseworker at Services for New Americans, A program of Lutheran Social Services of New England. He is also the Board Chair of BCNH. Bhagirath is pursuing his Master’s degree in Public Administration at the University of New Hampshire.
Born in Lalai, a remote village in Gaylegphug district in Bhutan in August 1975, Bhagirath Khatiwada was evicted from his country at the age of 14 due to the intolerable atrocities of the autocratic Wangchuck regime that made him live the most painful and miserable refugee life for more than 18 years in Nepal.
Article co-authored by Khatiwada: http://www.concordmonitor.com/home/2575143-95/bhutanese-bhutan-concord-refugees
Article that references Khatiwada’s work: http://nhpr.org/post/arriving-america-bhutanese-story