Information and Resources for Working with Bhutanese Refugees

Stories of Hope

Welcome to this series of videos by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) that features stories of hope from Nepali-speaking Bhutanese refugees who resettled in the United States after living in refugee camps in Nepal for nearly two decades. The main video includes a general message of hope and encouragement for Bhutanese refugees who may be experiencing emotional distress. Accompanying the main video are profiles of eight Bhutanese refugees who briefly share ways that they were able to overcome emotional distress and find a new sense of hope and meaning in life.

This guide will help you use the video to promote emotional wellness and suicide prevention among Bhutanese refugees:

Bhutanese Refugees in the U.S.


This 15 minute video profiles refugees from Bhutan who discuss their experiences learning English, finding employment, housing and community, understanding rights and responsibilities, and the long process of resettlement. It would be useful for Bhutanese refugees abroad or recently arrived, as well as anybody who wants some insight into the challenges and opportunities that refugees in general face. Bhutanese with English subtitles.

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  1. Some of the speakers in the video talked about their concerns when thinking about coming to the U.S. Do you have similar concerns? How do you feel about those concerns now?
  2. While the speakers in the video talked about their challenges when they first came to the U.S., most felt that things got better over time. What were some of these challenges? Do you think things get better over time? Why or why not?
  3. What did the speakers in the video say about their children going to school? How did you feel about what the speakers said?
  4. What kinds of jobs did the speakers in the video have? What kind of work were they doing? How did the speakers feel the jobs compared to those they held in the past? Picture yourself doing the types of work some of the speakers in the video were doing. How do you feel about those job options?
  5. How do you think the speakers in the video feel about their decision to resettle in the U.S.? What were some of the key messages in the video? How do you think some of these messages relate to you and your own experiences?