Bihar Jharkhand Association of North America launches initiative to connect parents

BJANA virtual meeting to launch a parents network – BJANA Parents Connect Initiative July 30, 2022. Photo: BJANA

The Bihar Jharkhand Association of North America (BJANA) launched a first-of-its-kind virtual parents meet-and-Greet July 30, 2022, to connect parents of BJANA members on a unified platform, creating a mini community for them.

The BJANA Parents Connect Initiative was inaugurated by India’s Consul General in New York Randhir Jaiswal, who hails from Bihar. Jaiswal commended BJANA for starting the program and hoped other community groups in the U.S. would consider starting this kind of unique program.

“While our BJANA family has been growing and thriving for nearly 50 years in the USA, we were missing a  platform dedicated to our parents in India and the USA. It provides a social platform as well as an ecosystem to help them when in need,” the organization said in a press release.

The objective of the program is to keep BJANA NRI  parents engaged while they are in the U.S. or in India. It also helps provide a common place where they can support each other in matters related to travel, visa, healthcare, or during emergencies.

“We can also leverage the vast experience of our parents to expand our charitable initiative within Bihar and Jharkhand,” BJANA said in the press release.

President of BJANA Anurag Kumar. Photo: BJANA

Anurag Kumar, the BJANA president, welcomed participants and shared the vision of this initiative and described the effort by the BJANA team to bring all BJANA parents together on this platform.

In his speech, CG Jaiswal said being a Bihari, he felt a special pride in and joy to see so many parents from his home state, and promised all assistance as necessary.

“Our Virtual Meet and Greet event has been a huge success with an overwhelming number of parents from various cities in the USA, Bihar, and Jharkhand,” BJANA said.

Participating parents  introduced themselves and engaged in the group discussion, presenting their ideas to enhance the effectiveness of the new platform. Some ideas that appealed to those at the virtual meeting include:

  • To have small gatherings in Bihar and Jharkhand
  • A trip to tourist places like Bodh Gaya, Rajgir, Neterhaat

The virtual meet was attended by one of BJANA’s founder Rajendra Prasad, former presidents Dr. Avinash Gupta and Shashi Sinha, and FIA Past President, BJANA,  Bihar Foundation East Coast Chapter Chairman Alok Kumar, and Rajeev Akhouri. They praised the initiative and offered their full support and commitment to making it effective and useful.

The BJANA executive team members and volunteers included President Anurag Kumar, Vice President Sanjeev Singh, Secretary Anil Agrawal, Secretary Sushant Krishnan, Executive Committee members Sanjay Gupta, Vandana Vatshalayan, Dr. Avishek Kumar, Nimisha Verma, Akhilesh Azad, Dipen Banerjee.

Rahul Sahay and volunteers Ashish Dwivedi and  Anil Sharma reiterated their commitment to work towards taking this platform to the next level which is to ensure the health and happiness of all BJANA parents.



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