Language Sites
  • UCAN China
  • UCAN India
  • UCAN Indonesia
  • UCAN Vietnam

Bhutanese Refugee Program Facing Shortfall


February 06 2006

Caritas Internationalis has launched an appeal for $600,000 to ensure the continuing success of Caritas Nepal´s high school program in Nepal for Bhutanese refugees. In its recent appeal the Vatican-based Catholic aid organization said that over the past 15 years more than 100,000 Bhutanese refugees have lived in camps managed by the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Since 1992, the UNHCR has delegated responsibility for secondary and higher education for refugees to Caritas Nepal. This year some funds have been redirected, and Caritas Nepal is facing a shortfall. "We need to continue these programs, especially since they´re aimed at children of a very sensitive age," said Father Silas Bogati, the organization´s executive director.(Zenit)