We are pleased to welcome Nima Tamang as an HPOG Navigator. Nima is Nepali speaking from Bhutan and represents Rochester’s large Nepali speaking population.
Nima was 18 years in a refugee camp before coming to America, so has experienced the struggles other refugees have had. Nima brings a lot of people skills to the position, having been a translator for both medical needs and casework. He has very good computer skills and has served in his community as a leader, spokesperson and mediator. He has worked with other ethnic groups as well, so brings a well rounded personality. He speaks Hindi, Nepali, Dzongkha, as well as fluent English. We are pleased to have him on board to serve as a liaison and link for RRRS to this important ethnic community.
We are pleased to welcome to our staff Abubakar Amin, or just “Amin”, as we call him, as an HPOG Navigator and office administrator. Amin is of Somali descent and speaks Somali, Swahili and Brava Dialects as well as perfect English. He is a graduate of Monroe Community College.
Amin brings to the position 4 years of experience in customer service, strong interpersonal skills, strong organizational skills and money management, and marketing and selling experience. Amin is well connected into the Somali and African communities of Rochester and is a quick learner. He will be a big aid in our continued efforts to find career opportunities for refugees in the health care fields. He will serve as a case manager to our refugees who live in our houses. He will manage much of our office activities and administration. We are thrilled to have Amin on our staff and are excited about the possibilities he brings to our team.
The Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester has generously opened its doors to groups of people who normally would not get to see the Gallery.Thanks to the generosity of the Elizabeth L. and Donald M. Cohn Endowment, admission is free for visitors touring MAG from the community’s human services organizations. Rochester Refugee Resettlement Services has been fortunate to participate in this program.
March 11, 2017 was our third trip to the gallery, this time with close to 40 Somalis. Docent Delores Jackson Radney does a super job introducing folks to different types of art in the Gallery. As the Gallery is part of the University of Rochester system, U of R provided their buses to transport this group to and from the Gallery. All the folks seemed to have a great time, and a couple budding Somali artists inquired about lessons, which the Gallery will work on.