Sewa International USA conducted a day long Bhutanese Heritage Camp for high school students of Bhutanese Community in Atlanta on September 10th at Chinmaya Niketan, Norcross, GA. This event was offered for free as a service to the community, this camp was the new initiative planned this year under the Bhutanese Empowerment program of Sewa International in Atlanta and other cities in the US.
Dr. Manhar Ji Lighting the lamp and Inaugurating the Program
The purpose of the Bhutanese Heritage Camp was to provide a forum for discussion of some important topics related to Bhutanese and Nepalese culture, history, challenges within the community and also talk about personality development, leadership and instil pride and a sense of identity in the community youths.
Leadership workshop: Discussions on History, Identity, and Culture
Mayor Edward Ted Terry lively talk about Clarkston town history and diversity in the community
Local government officials, educators, students from Emory and Georgia Tech Enrolled in Law and PhD programs helped with participation and in conducting the sessions. Speakers were invited from various fields and a panel discussion was hosted for kids.
Siddeshwar Ji and Yashwant Ji - Ice Breaker Games
Fun and Games organised By Tarun and Abhiram
Singing & dancing
Local leaders and community members participated in the program. Several high school students’ organized leadership workshop and also participated in Ice breaker games, Singing and dancing.
Founder of Chinmaya Niketan Dr Raghu Grandige concluded the ceremony
The program was a full day 9am to 5pm program. Initially 44 kids registered for the program but only 22 kids, 19 high school students and 3 college students could attend. Kids from Hindu, Buddhist and Christian faith participated in this program.
Overall this program presented an excellent opportunity for kids to voice their opinion about Bhutanese culture, challenges in school and families, discussion about identity.
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