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The Burmese American Community Institute

The Burmese American Community Institute (BACI) is a non-profit organization founded in 2011 that provides educational and vocational support to the Burmese community in greater Indianapolis. The BACI strives to support community members regionally, nationally, and globally through strategic partnerships and advocacy.

Brief History of BACI

A 501(c)3 registered, Burmese American Community Institute (BACI) was established in 2011 to proactively respond to the growing needs of the Burmese refugee population in central Indiana.

With a strong conviction of the founding leaders of the need for investing in people and education, the birth of the organization is a result of several years of consultations and deliberation with community leaders and stakeholders, with the following vision and mission:

Name: Burmese American Community Institute Inc.

Motto: Advocating – Connecting – Educating – Serving

Vision: Education for all, a stronger community

Mission: To build a thriving, self-sufficient, and sustainable, integrated Burmese Community through advocacy, education, and employment.


  • To assist the refugees from Burma in Indianapolis by building bridges between the refugee communities and community resources in employment, education and other basic services in order to enhance services to refugees
  • To create and foster long-term community growth and build a sustainable Burmese community in Indianapolis by expanding services offered and filling in the gap, contributing to and be a part of the rich Hoosier community in the long run
  • To collaborate with stakeholders in Indianapolis including government, refugee resettlement agencies, educational institutions, churches and other organizations in addressing the needs of the growing Burmese community
  • To advocate for the community and individual needs of the Burmese refugees and to expand community knowledge and understanding through media, community forums, meetings, volunteer opportunities etc., further enhancing cultural integration into the Indianapolis community

Our Core Value: As an ethnically and linguistically diverse group, BACI emphasizes on the inclusiveness and openness across the lines of different ethnic groups from Burma in its organizational development, and providing culturally and linguistically appropriate services to its clients.

Our Approach: Everything we do is educational, and for the long term development of our community.


Board of Directors

Dr. Ro Dinga (Chairman) President, Mizo Society of America/Indiana Branch, VP, Chin Community of Indiana,
San Hlei Thang
(Vice Chairman), State Eligibility Manager, Division of Family Resources, Family and Social Services Administration
Ruby Sing
(Secretary), Ph.D candidate and educator
Rev. Robert Biak Cung
(Treasurer), Senior Pastor, Living Chin Christian Church,
Lian Cin
, Former Chairman and Vice Chairman, Indiana Chin Baptist Church,
Dr. Fengyi Kuo
, Professor at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis,
U Jeru
, Teaching Aid at Southport High School, 
Nguncer Bualteng, Managing Broker, Mang Tha Real Estate
Rev. Thang Mang, Senior Pastor, Indiana Luatu Evangelical Church,
Bonnie Kane, Retired Teacher and the Burmese-American advocate,
Dr. Bruce Ray, Scientist at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis

Board of Advisors

Rev. Dr. Stephen Kio, Senior Pastor, Indiana Chin Baptist Church
Rev. Dr. Val Thang,
Senior Pastor, North America Matu Christian Church
Zapeng Sakhong
Chairman, Chin Evangelical Baptist Church
Matthew P. Schomburg, 
Indiana State Refugee Coordinator and Executive Outreach Director
Leslie Lenkowsky
Clinical Professor of Public Affairs and Philanthropic Studies at Indiana University
David Williams
John S. Hastings Professor of Law and Director, Center for Constitutional Democracy, Indiana University

Elaisa Vahnie, MPA, Executive Director




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