New Guidebook for Bhutanese Refugees

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Lutheran Social Services (LSS) Services for New Americans will develop and publish a bi-lingual guidebook for Bhutanese refugees resettled in New Hampshire.

The Nepali/English Handbook for Living in the USA will focus on the difficulties faced by refugees as they adapt to their new life in America.

Lutheran Social Services (LSS) Services for New Americans will develop and publish a bi-lingual guidebook for Bhutanese refugees resettled in New Hampshire.

Funded by a grant from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, the Nepali/English Handbook for Living in the USA will focus on the difficulties faced by refugees as they adapt to their new life in America. LSS will subcontract with S & T Communications to produce the handbook.

S&T Communications, located in Manchester, NH voluntarily publishes Aksharica Nepali Newsletter (http://www.aksharica.com) for Nepali speaking refugees and immigrants living in the US. On behalf of S&T Communications, Rajesh Koirala, the editor of Aksharica will write the handbook. Rajesh has over 15 years of experience in writing and journalism.

The U.S. Government began resettling Bhutanese refugees in March 2008. Since that time, more than 1,200 Nepali speaking refugees have made New Hampshire their new home in America.

Most refugees have spent a considerable part of their lives in refugee camps. New Hampshire offers them a safe haven, but an entirely new set of rules, customs and systems. Coping with this culture shock can prove difficult. The handbook will provide an easy reference allowing Bhutanese refugees to receive information about their new communities at their own pace.

Doug Hall, a local volunteer who started the Nepali Dictionary Project, conceived the idea for the handbook. The new project hopes to distribute 1,000 copies of the guidebook to refugees in N.H. and beyond.

For more information about this project, Bhutanese refugees or refugee resettlement in general, please contact LSS Services for New Americans at (603) 224-8111, the Internet at http://www.lssne.org or Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/LSSNewAmericansNH.

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