Diversity Collaboration project is funded by the Office of Refugee Resettlement. Diversity collaboration is a unity in diversity and united we stand stronger approach designed and implemented under Building Community in New Hampshire – BCNH. Diversity Collaboration is a bridging liaison between the Ethnic Communities and the local agencies in the state of New Hampshire. The Refugee and Immigrant communities such as the Bhutanese, Congolese, Burmese, Syrian, and Iraqi communities to mention a few share important commonalities that make this approach essential for the effective growth of newly formed Ethnic Community Based Organizations.
Overcomers Support Services of New Hampshire, the Rohingya Association of Greater Nashua and many other Ethnic organizations in New Hampshire are working in collaboration with BCNH. This collaboration shares several general refugees’ integration challenges, including limited English proficiency, unfamiliarity with American social service, welfare, and employment systems, poverty from arriving with few, if any, financial resources, limited literacy and chronic health conditions resulting from marginal living conditions within overseas refugee camps and urban refugee environments. Beyond those general integration challenges, refugees coming from the foreign communities are often challenged by elevated levels of psychological distress.
The refugee communities have been experiencing significant levels of trauma, which can impact their ability to easily navigate the social service programs available to them. Despite these elevated levels of distress and the challenges created by overall integration stress, the Building Community in New Hampshire has developed a highly successful ECBO model, that has effectively assisted over 1400 New Americans in New Hampshire.
All New American Communities report a need to engage their youth in positive programming. Youth are often influenced by the mental health of their parents. The youth from these communities have limited opportunities to engage in their communities outside of school. BCNH has created a strong and effective youth engagement program with its leadership council, which has provided services to over 200 youths to date.
The Ethnic Community Self-Help project will support a newly formed multiethnic collaboration of ECBOs that are aligned around a common goal of linking newly arrived refugees to community resources and promoting and strengthening all the New American Communities in New Hampshire.
Key Program Staffs :
- Suraj Budathoki, Manchester
- Clement Kigugu, Concord
- Mohammad Mustak Arif, Nashua
Funder: Office of Refugee Resettlement