About Us

Where We Came From

Bhutanese refugees are descendants of Nepalese, who preserved their Nepali language, culture and religion, as they immigrated to southern Bhutan in the 1800’s. Bhutan is a land-locked country where 20% of the population is displaced or lives-in refugee camps. Bhutan’s government was concerned with the growing population of Lhotshampas. The population increase was seen as a threat to political peace, so the Bhutanese refugees or Lhotshampas(“southerners”) were placed in refugee camps in eastern Nepal in the 1990’s. Today many refugees live in Australia, Europe, and North America

Our Mission

The Bhutanese community stands as a self-confident and strong organization. They contribute to society in every way, whether it be economically, culturally, or socially. Their main vision is to develop unity and harmony for the benefit of humanity and contribute to their nation as responsible citizens. The Bhutanese organizations a non-profit social and cultural organizations to preserve, practice, and promote values for the benefit of the nation that sheltered them out of gratitude and their duty to the land. Another mission of theirs is to maintain a cultural identity while still being a part of the larger American community.

The Main Goals

Our central aims as a community are to:

– Assist Bhutanese refugees/asylums to become self-reliant and independent
– Work in collaboration with refugee resettlement agencies for decent resettlement and job opportunities
– Engage in community services with the aim of assisting vulnerable refugees and disadvantaged group of the community, especially the elderly, disabled and children.
– Promote and preserve our cultural heritage, social and traditional values within the changing environment
– Build a healthy relationship with other communities in Arizona through mutual understanding and cooperation

BCA Board Members

Dr. Purna Chhetri

Dr. Purna Chhetri

Member of the Advisory Body 


Mr. Bhuwan Baral

Member of the Advisory Body 


Mrs. Subhadra Pradhan

Member of the Advisory Body 


Mr. Dilip Rai

Member of Advisory Body

Mr. Prasad Koranne

Member of the Advisory Body 


Mrs. Dilip Mishra

Member of the Advisory Body


Mr. Som Gurung


(from 2019 to 221)


Mr. Mohan Khatiwoda

Cultural Coordinator


Mr. Haraka Siva

Vice President

Mr. Bikram Bhandari

Vice President – Executive Body

Mr. Tek Man Pariyar

President – Executive Body


Mrs. Asha Rai

Treasurer – Executive Body

Mr. Roshan Siva

Joint Youth Coordinator

Mr. Bhuwan Rai

Joint Youth Coordinator

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