|With 8th graders at Timai camp.|
I hope that this blog honors the experience of my amazing Bhutanese students in New York who inspired me to take this journey as well as the several thousand Bhutanese refugees I met in the camps in Nepal. Special thanks to the students, teachers, counselors, and CARITAS staff in Nepal who generously shared their time and insights. The Sisters went above and beyond to help me. This would not have been possible without the logistics support of the Bhutanese Refugee Education Program (BREP) Field Director Father PS Amal Raj and BREP Education Coordinator Loknath Pokhrel, International Rescue Committee Educational Services Officer Liz Demchak in New York City and United Nations Associate Resettlement Officer Amy Buchanan in Damak, Nepal. I am very grateful for the financial support of the Fund for Teachers, whose grant made my trip a reality. Last but not least, I am blessed to have the enthusiastic support and encouragement of my colleagues and administrators at Brooklyn International High School.
To my Bhutanese friends, I hope this will serve you and your community on your journey, wherever it may take you.
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