Children of Shangri-Lost (COSL) heartily thanks CMU FORGE for inviting us to be a part of their annual Bhutanese-Nepali cultural night on November 14, 2014. This is the second year that CMU FORGE has organized this event to celebrate Bhutanese-Nepali culture by inviting all Bhutanese living in Pittsburgh to join them and share. Over 25 Bhutanese community members, mostly students, were present at the event.
FORGE, which stands for Facilitating Opportunities for Refugee Growth and Empowerment, is an active student volunteer group based at the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University. FORGE helps resettled refugees in Pittsburgh to acclimate to their new surroundings by providing in-home ESL tutoring, taking refugees on field trips/appointments, teaching about American culture, organizing events like this and much more. For the last two years they have been very successful in organizing an educational summer camp (PRYSE Academy) for the enrichment of refugee students in Pittsburgh.
On November 14, the COSL team actively participated to provide additional color to the event. The event included Nepali food, music, dances, games, and much more. Among many other activities, COSL gave cooking demonstrations, teaching how make momo (dumplings) to non-Nepali audiences. It was a great event that demonstrated cultural tolerance and compassion for other cultures. On the behalf of whole Bhutanese community, we would like to thank CMU FORGE for actively engaging Bhutanese students in events like this to make us feel at home in Pittsburgh!