“What I want to be when I grow up” 

 “What I want to be when I grow up” 

That was the title of the essay competition conducted by the Nawayug Leo Club held on the 2nd of June at the “St. Xavier’s Social Service Center” in Jawalakhel, Patan, Nepal.

The mind is everything. What you think you become.  BUDDHA

The children from grade U.K.G. till 10, were to write their essays on the topic of “WHAT I WANT TO BE WHEN I GROW UP”.

The President of Nawayug Leo club, Mr. Yug Jung Karki and the board members worked with the students to  prepare for them to write their stories.  According to the club President Yug Jung Karki “It is always nice to share your skill set with others”.  After a short socialization with Students and the director of the social service center as well as staff members, students started to write their stories.

The winners were decided according to six categories from U.K.G to grade 1, based on the number of children in each grade, and the results were announced a week later on the 9th of June where the winners were given certificates and gifts of their choice by the President of Leo Club and some honorable guests.

The main purpose of this project is to have students start thinking about what they want to be when they grow up.  Unfortunately, there are not too many opportunities for these poor students. That is the part of the reason The Asha Project is trying to provide hope and opportunities to those students who might otherwise might not have any opportunity to be someone. If you like to support this project, please contact us at trm7510@gmail.com.

BUDDHA “We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves”.

The 2018 Rotary Convention

The 2018 Rotary Convention connected leaders from around the world
Rotarians, Rotaractors, Interactors, alumni, and leaders gathered at Rotary’s biggest event of the year, Rotary International Convention. The 2018 event in Toronto featured world-class speakers, innovative workshops, and opportunities to make new friends.

The Asha Project signed MOU with the Patan-West, RID 3292 club to promote programs in Nepal and start new scholarships for remote village students.

Met with many Rotarians from around the world and promoted the Asha Project’s new school building program.

THE ASHA PROJECT: FULFILLING MY PASSION AND PURPOSE

“For it is in giving that we receive”. – Francis of Assisi

Growing up in Nepal, each year for New Year I waited for a Red Cross package. The United States Red Cross sent packages for children to the Nepal Red Cross. In each special box, the ones that came during my favorite month, were two pencils, a pencil sharpener, an eraser, and, maybe, a piece of candy. It was a box worth waiting for. That was forty-eight years ago.

 

In 1972, after finishing high school, I left Nepal to go to college. The days of eagerly waiting for a Red Cross care package were left far behind. After ten years in the United States, not thinking about the old days, I saved enough money to return to my homeland. The visit was nostalgic with one incident standing out. I met two little girls collecting pennies outside a temple. It struck me that they should have been in school. When I asked they told me their parents could not afford their education. At that moment life changes. I found my purpose. I would work to provide educational opportunities for poor children.

 

Pablo Picasso said, “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.”

In Nepal I found my gift, the passion to educate children. With that passion came my purpose, to find a way to send those two girls to school. They may have been the first, but they were not the only ones. I started to raise funds through organizing small events to build a scholarship program. My second visit back to Nepal came in 1990, after I challenged a group of members of the Patan Rotary to match my donation of $500 as the start of the scholarship program. 25 years later that program has provided more scholarships for more than 500 public school children throughout Nepal.

 

That program, The Nepal Project, grew out of the passion born on that trip long ago. Now the Nepal Project completed over $500,000 worth of projects. We provide safe drinking water, help build libraries, and establish computer labs. The desire to help have continually grown. While the Rotary Governor I promoted the theme, “Passion into Action.” Doing good to help others was needed after April 2015, when a big earthquake devastated Nepal.

 

I am proud to say this passion in action has passed on to my children. Working with my son and daughter, we created the ASHA PROJECT after 2015 big earthquake in Nepal.

ASHA means hope in Nepali, and we work to give hope and opportunity to the poor in Nepal.

Hope for greater opportunity brought me to this country 45 years ago, and now we try to bring back that same hope and opportunity to the people of Nepal.

 

With the support from the Rotary Foundation, we are distributing $100,000 micro credit grant to earthquake survivors. We are also working with many other Rotary clubs to built schools and computer labs. These sound like large sums of money, and we are grateful for every penny. But the needs of so many still suffering from the effects of the 2015 earthquake overshadow what has been raised so far. During our recent 2018 mission to Nepal we visited many community schools, distributing much needed school supplies, and conducted workshops for young people. Yet there was so much more we did not have the chance to do. Modest amounts of money go a long way in Nepal. The cost of one Starbucks coffee per week can pay for a Nepali child to go to school for an entire year.

Remembering an African proverb, “Things you do for yourself are gone when you are gone, but the things you do for others remain as your legacy,”

 

I ask myself what legacy do I want when I am gone. I know the answer is the good works of helping the children of Nepal.

I am fortunate to have found my passion. I hope that you have found yours as well, and that you embrace that passion. Together by putting our passion into action we can help those less fortunate.

 

We all have gifts to share and, like the girls collecting pennies, we can all do something to help.
Namaste.

Micro Credit Grant Distribution 2018

 

Founded on a novel idea that education and financial support, not charity, provides the surest way out of poverty for poor families we have established the “Legacy of Hope – Micro Credit Project” to provide destitute women with a micro-credit loans. As a result, these women have gained knowledge and a source of income for themselves and their families. This program has helped more than 2500 women in Nepal to empower them to take control of their lives, improve their family’s standard of living and provide what every mother wants for her children — hope for a brighter future through better nutrition, health care and, most importantly education.

Just recently our Rotary partner in Nepal, the Rotary Club of Mahabouddha distributed micro credit loans to people who were effected by the 2015 earthquake in Boharatar, Chapagou in Lalitpur as well as clients at various location of Rasuwa and Kathmandu.  This was a special grant provided by the #Rotary International under the micro credit grant for $91,000.

 

 

Fellowship Tour

The Asha Project believes in empowering youth through education and mentoring. To spread our message we are proud to announce the 2018 fellowship tour. The tour will be traveling throughout the New Jersey, New York and PA, educating individuals about the work of the ASHA Project. We believe that individuals commitment and knowledge drive change and support. Here are some ways you can help:

  • Sponsor children; encourage Club participation in the Sponsorship program
  • Sponsor secondary youth or college young adults through the Scholarship Program
  • Serve with us in NEPAL on a Humanitarian Mission Work
  • Bring your Club down for a Humanitarian Mission Work!
  • Invite ASHA Project representatives to make a presentation to your club/organization
  • Develop INTERNATIONAL grants to build the computer labs, e-libraries, Libraries and other programs for our ongoing Literacy project in Nepal
  • Contribute to various “special need” campaigns that arise each year

 

If you are a member of a Rotary Club, Interact Club, Rotaract club, Civic Organization or another group that would be willing to hear about the ASHA Project please contact us at trm7510@gmail.com or visit http://www.theashaproject.org. 908-369-4318.

 

ASHA Project News Bulletin 2018

It’s hard to believe, that the ASHA Project Humanitarian mission trip is over for 2018.

 

Over the past 2 month Five Rotaractors and 5 Rotarians visited Nepal and distributed school supplies, clothing, goat distribution, blanket distribution, $100,000 micro credit distribution, and visited many parts of Nepal.

 

More than 500 Students received school supplies. Another 30 families received goats,  40 students received scholarships to attend various public schools and spoke to more than 150 Rotaractors about the LEADERSHIP program and met with our micro credit project partners in Nepal to distribute $100,000 Rotary foundation grant to earthquake victims to start small business. Also worked on a new computer lab and e-library Rotary international grant project with the Lilitpur Rotary club and science lab project with the Pokhara New Road rotary club.

 

Students continue to succeed, graduating from Junior High and High school. All this has been possible because of your continuous support and the many volunteers who participate in our Humanitarian mission. We watch the students blossom and gain self-confidence, because they know someone cares.

 

The Humanitarian mission for next year will start in January-February 2019 are already filling up, much faster than we ever expected. The Rotarian Humanitarian mission will be filled up with New Jersey Rotarians.

 

ASHA Project continues to focus on obtaining grants for the School building projects, Science lab and computer lab project, and hopes to have accomplished this by the end of this year. We are also hoping to help establish a Rotary club in Huwas, Parbat as well.

 

If you or someone you know would like to experience a Volunteer Vacation, support a student or make a donation towards some of our much needed efforts, visit our website http://www.theashaproject.org and check out the many opportunities in which you can help. We hope to see you in Nepal.

2017 Final Report.  https://spark.adobe.com/page/feuBPHOtQmsV2/

PASSION, PURPOSE AND PROMISE

As a child in Nepal, I used to wait for the Nepali New Year to receive a box from the Nepal Red Cross which is sent from the United States Red Cross.  That was my favorite month of the year, waiting for a special box that contained two pencils, a pencil sharpener, an eraser and maybe a piece of candy.  That was forty eighty years ago.

In 1972, I left Nepal to further my education after finishing my high school. During my college years, I did not think about those old days.  After being in the States for ten years, I saved enough money to visit my home country.  During my visit, I encountered with two little girls who were collecting pennies outside a temple.  I asked the girls why they were not in school.

I found out that their parents could not afford to send them to school.  That was my turning point that was when I found my purpose – providing opportunities for poor children to get education.  As Picasso said “the meaning of life is to find your gift.  The purpose of life is to give it away”.  I came back from my trip with the determination to send those two girls to school.  I started to organize small events to raise funds for scholarship programs.  During my second visit to Nepal in 1990, I challenge group of Rotary members from the Patan Rotary to match my donation of $500 to start a scholarship fund for poor children.  Now, after 25 years, that program is providing more than 500 scholarships for public school children across Nepal.

The Nepal Project has become my passion.  As of now, we have completed more than half a million dollars’ worth of projects to provide safe drinking water, to building libraries and establishing computer labs. During my Rotary Governorship, I used the theme “Passion into Action”.  That passion is now in a full gear, especially, after the big earthquake in Nepal in April 2015.

My passion has infected my family.  I am working along with my son and daughter on our new project called the “Asha Project”.  Asha means hope in Nepali.  We working to give the poor in Nepal hope and opportunities.  HOPE and OPPORTUNITIES brought me to this county forty five years ago andwe are trying to provide to people of Nepal the same hope and opportunities.

In partnership with the Rotary Club of Mahabouddha, we just started distributing a $100,000 Rotary Foundation micro credit grant to earthquake victims.  We are also in the process of working with the Rotary Club of Lalitpur to set up computer labs in six schools with $50,000 grant from the Rotary Foundation.

During our 2018 humanitarian mission trip, we visited many community schools to distributed school supplies to students and also conducted workshops for young people.  Our small amount of money goes long way in Nepal.  If you stopped drinking a Starbucks coffee once a week, we can save enough money to send one child to school in Nepal for a whole year.  As an African proverb says, “Things you do for yourself are gone when you are gone, but the things you do for others remain as your legacy”.  So what kind of legacy we want to leave behind?

Whatever your passion is, whatever idea you’ve been dreaming of for these years, embrace it! Let’s put our PASSION INTO ACTION and try to help those who are less fortunate than us.

Thankfully, we all have gifts to give/share with each other and the world. So be it. ~ Namaste.

Visit http://www.theashaproject.org for more information about our project.  Thank you.