I am Ganesh, and I am proud to be a U.S. Citizen. I was once a Bhutanese refugee. Together with my family, we walked bare-footed, empty stomachs for fifteen days through dense forest to the border of Nepal. My two year old sister, died from hunger and exposure along the journey and we had no choice but to leave her tiny body behind. For those of you reading who may not know, Bhutan is a small landlocked country located in southeast Asia, bordered by China in the north, India in the south, and Nepal to the west.
In Nepal, refugee life is confined to a bamboo hut, there is little access to basic foods, lacking electricity, television, and internet access in a camp where thousands of infants and elders alike die due to lack of proper healthcare, food and shelter. In 2012, a Non-Governmental Organization identified us “Bhutanese Refugees” opening an opportunity to resettle in the USA.
I began working in a 7-Eleven - scheduled for the busiest shifts because of my hardworking ethic which helped improve my English. I worked toward my dreams and graduated with an undergraduate International degree and graduated from Worcester State University. Presently, I am pursuing my Juris Doctor at Massachusetts School of Law in Andover and spend 6 hours a day in classes.
The unforgettable past in the jungles and suffocating refugee camp motivated change in my life. With MBMM, I was provided resources that helped me assimilate, reach further, and in turn, provided me an opportunity to pay it forward. Today, I am a MBMM Refugee Advocate and I assist Bhutanese speaking refugees, meeting them where they are at and helping them set goals to get them where they dream of being.