Why Building Community?
The Bhutanese Community of New Hampshire became Building Community in New Hampshire on June 10, 2017. Our new name represents all the low-income families and new communities of New Hampshire including refugees and immigrants.
Today BCNH helps not only Bhutanese refugees to adapt to life in New Hampshire, but also other newcomers from African countries, the Middle East and South Asia. Many times we were informed by our stakeholders, partners and consumers that our name, people we served and the services we offered were contradictory. Changing our name was important because Bhutanese Community of New Hampshire sounds like an organization exclusively for Bhutanese, whereas we are already serving diverse populations from diverse nationalities and cultures. Changing our name is a call to recognize the work we do with people from all around the world who come to America and need assistance.
Building Community in New Hampshire perfectly fits with our mission to be a multi-ethnic, Mutual Assistance Association that provides an array of services required by diverse refugee and immigrant communities to help newcomers understand and navigate the systems that are part of everyday life.
We are optimistic that this new name will help us explore avenues for new partnerships and increase our funding opportunities with the government, foundations, corporate sponsors and donors while keeping our heritage unchanged. People know us by the name-BCNH. Hence, even with the new name, the acronym-BCNH remains the same.