A large version of this picture appeared on the front page of the September 20, 2012 Akron Beacon Journal. The soccer players from many Bhutanese Community Association of Akron families are having a very positive impact on the North High School varsity soccer team. They got a lot of experience playing soccer when they were confined to refugee camps in Nepal after the monarchy forced their families out of Bhutan.
. L to R: Kailash Ghimirey (midfielder), Michael Kane (coach), Mani Tamang (Defender), Baw Nyaw Lay (Forward).
These students are living the American dream of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, although in very bad economic times. They appreciate their teachers and the education they are getting at North High School and they are quickly learning English in the English as a Second Language (ESL) program -- to the point where many of them serve as interpreters for their parents and grandparents.
All of these students are in this country legally and they look forward to attaining citizenship when they become eligible after living in the U. S. for five years.
The following pictures were taken on September 16, 2012 at the Shiva Vishnu Temple health fair in Parma Ohio. This event was organized by the Association of Indian Physicians of Northern Ohio (AIPNO).
Twenty-six people from the Akron community took part and received the benefits of free medical consultation and testing for cholesterol, blood sugar, vision, bone density, and Pap. Such health fairs in the past have helped hundreds of people take charge of their health and to make informed decisions about their habits and care.
BCAA helped arrange for a bus to transport people from the International Institute of Akron to the Shiva Vishnu Temple in Parma.
The participants were thankful to the Association of Indian Physicians of Northern Ohio and the Shiva Vishnu Temple making this health fair possible.
Through the collaborative efforts of The City of Akron, United Way of Summit County, ASIA, Inc, Akron International Friendship, and the International Institute of Akron, the first Global Village Festival was held at Lock 3 in downtown Akron, Ohio on Saturday, September 8, 2012. The wet sidewalks in the picture above show that it was rainy and cold before the festival got started. But then people started showing up, the sun came out and warmed the air.
A color guard made up of Garfield High School Junior Navy ROTC students presented the flag and stood at attention as the Star Spangled Banner was performed. In the photo above the color guard was practicing before the opening of the festival.
There were about two dozen booths at the Global Village Festival selling and representing artisan and cultural merchandise, ethnic foods, and cultural arts demonstrations.
Selected activities of BCAA members are chronicled in this blog by Terry Kuhn.