Empowering Women in Nepal through MicroCredit.

Our past programs have proven that one small loan can change a family.  Several loans can strengthen a community and Thousands of small loans can transform an entire Village.
 
With the Rotary International’s $95,000 matching grant, Rotary club of Branchburg and Rotary club of Mahabouddha in Nepal, is changing many peoples lives in Nepal.  With a small $500 loan can buy a new tool, a machine, or a shop in the marketplace—millions of the world’s poor and low-income people have taken advantage of small loans to improve their lives. Over the past three decades, people have used these loans, known as Micro Credit, to launch new enterprises, create jobs and help economies to flourish. Poor people have proved time and again that they are able to repay these loans on time.
 
What is it? 
The Asha Project’s Micro Credit program is founded on a novel idea that education and financial support, not charity, provides the surest way out of poverty for poor families, Rotary Districts 7510 USA and 3292 Nepal in collaboration with the Friends of Nepal- NJ established the
“Legacy of Hope Micro Credit Project” to provide Nepal earthquake victims with $100,000 worth of micro credit loans. As a result, these people will gain knowledge and a source of income for themselves and their families.
 
The micro credit project has been empowering and providing hope for hundreds of people in Nepal to take control of their lives, improve their family’s standard of living and provide what every family wants for their children — hope for a brighter future through better nutrition, health care and most importantly education.
Our Rotary clubs are working on various ways to alleviate local poverty, one of which is to provide loans for disadvantaged people. Micro loans are powerful instruments for reducing poverty by enabling people to increase income and reduce their vulnerability to economic stress. Micro loans are also a powerful catalyst for empowering women.
 
For the past ten years our project  has helped to provide loans to more than 500 families.  The Branchburg Rotary is providing real hope and opportunity for a better future for the people of Nepal.  If you like to learn more about the project, please contact Past District Governor Dr. Tulsi Maharjan at trmaharjan@gmail.com  

2019 Humanitarian Mission to Nepal.

Each February volunteers visit Nepal to work, meet the students and learn more about people and culture. Humanitarian work can include visiting orphanage, interacting with students and working with our existing projects in Nepal. Next year’s trip will be Feb 10-26, 2019. Interested contact trm7510@gmail.com.

Thank you for providing HOPE & OPPORTUNITIES

Dear Friends of the Asha Project,

When the earthquake hit Nepal in April of 2015, many lives were affected. Not only did people lose their homes, businesses, and livelihoods – many people lost their families. This is what happened with three sisters we helped. After their father passed away, their mother left them because they did not have male family member. The earthquake destroyed their home, and these three courageous sisters were left with nowhere to live, no family, and a community in ruins. When we heard of this story, we at The Asha Project decided to do something about it.

With the help of the local Rotary organization and individuals like you, we raised the money to finance and provide manpower to build a new home for them. We also gave them 8 goats, which gave them the opportunity to make a continual income.

They are now able to live in a secure home and have a renewed hope for their future. Successful projects like this drive us to do more for the people of Nepal!

You can help us bring hope to the people of Nepal! Your support is crucial to our mission, and we could not do it without the help from our caring community.

Nearly 4 years after the devastating earthquake that struck Nepal in April of 2015, there is still so much work that needs to be done. Homes still need to be rebuilt, communities are left without school houses, and many families are left without hope. While we are actively working on projects to provide the poor people of Nepal with education, safe homes, and opportunities for them to build continual income with our micro credit project, we need your help to make our efforts go even further!

You can be the change this world so desperately needs. Your gift greatly contributes to the foundation that these families need to truly live to their full potential. Please, take the step and make a lasting impact with a small donation of $50.

By not buying one cup of coffee a week, the contribution you can make to The Asha Project can provide a whole year’s worth of school supplies, the fees and uniform costs for a child to attend school, or the means to help families provide continual income for years to come. Please be a part of our mission with your generous monthly donation of $5, $10, or any other amount you are able.

Here are the ways you can make a donation:
— Visit our website at http://www.theashaproject.org/donate/
— Call us at 908-369-4318
— Send a check to:
The Asha Project
P.O. Box 5015
Somerville, NJ 08876

It is amazing how a short, four letter word can represent so much. Asha means hope, and that is our purpose.

I would like to personally thank you for being a part of that. Your donation will certainly go a long way towards giving hope and opportunities to the children and families of Nepal! Thank you, for your contribution.

Sincerely,

Dr. Tulsi R. Maharjan
Chair, The Asha Project

P.S. For more information about our projects, and to find other ways to get involved, please visit http://www.TheAshaProject.org. There, you will find student and volunteer stories, photos of our humanitarian trips to Nepal, and detailed information about our mission to provide hope and opportunities.

“You Must Be The Change You Wish To See In The World.”

“You Must Be The Change You Wish To See In The World.” MAHATMA GANDHI
“Changing the world begins with the very personal process of changing yourself, the only place you can begin is where you are, and the only time you can begin is always now.” ~ Gary Zukav ~

INTERNATIONAL PEACE DAY
&
INTERFAITH PEACE PRAYERS
When: Sunday, Sep 23
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Where: NJ Buddhist Vihara
4299 RT 27, Princeton, NJ

People of all ages and backgrounds are encouraged to express their commitment to peace and compassion during the 8th annual Peace Days Festival, which this  takes place on Sunday, September 23.

People of many world’s faith traditions will gather again this year on September 23 to express their hopes for peace and share their spirituality with each other in friendship and solidarity, as brothers and sisters. The day’s program includes lighting candles- symbolically representing the world’s diverse spiritual traditions; offering peace prayers from a wide range of sacred texts; music, songs, chanting, meditation, yoga, flag ceremony and children’s activities. We invite people of all faiths together to invoke the spirit of peace, celebrate unity, and rekindle the light of our common inner truth.

COME JOIN US TO CELEBRATE!
For more information please visit: http://www.sccdiversity.com
Email: trm7510@gmail.com or advanim@gmail.com

Program Sponsored by:
Rotary International District 7475, Princeton Visionary Lions Club, Rotary Club of Branchburg, Somerset County Cultural Diversity Coalition, NJ Buddhist Vihara and Friends of Nepal-NJ.

Branchburg Rotary helps youth experience the world

Abby, Emily and Lauren recently returned home after a two week in Nepal.

It was an eye-opening experience for the RVCC Rotaract members.

“I think the best part about my exchange was being able to see the world from other perspectives and making global friendships,” Lauren says of his Rotaract Youth Exchange experience.

All students were sponsored by Branchburg Rotary Club and The Asha Project. While in Nepal, the youths participated in various activities and programs. They had opportunity to learn and interact with Rotaract members from Nepal.  Rotary Exchange Student is also a young ambassador, sharing their ideas, culture, and making friends in a distant part of the world.

This program aims to promote peace and inter-country understanding, while providing a challenging and enriching experience for student participants. Many students say it is a life-changing experience. For the last two years, Rotary send twelve students to Nepal.

This coming December, Branchburg Rotary will be sending additional Rotaract students to Nepal.

Branchburg Rotary encourages learning more about being a youth exchange student before considering making an application. Contact Dr. Tulsi R. Maharjan,  PDG, trm7510@gmail.com or 908-369-4318 to learn more. The Asha Project website also has more information about former exchange students: http://www.theashaproject.org

FINDING MY PASSION and PURPOSE

Forty Eighty years ago, I used to wait for the Nepali New Year to receive a box of gift 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 gift box with two pencils, pencil sharpener, eraser and may be a candy.  That was forty eighty years ago.

In 1972, I left Nepal to receive further education in the USA. After being in the states for ten years, I  saved enough money to visit my home country.  During my visit to Nepal, I encountered with two little girls who were collecting pennies from the temple, who were suppose to be in School. But I found our that their parents were not able to send them to school.  That was my turning point, where I found my purpose – providing opportunities to 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 with determination to send those two girls to school.  I started to organize small events to raise funds for scholarship programs in Nepal.  During my second visit to Nepal in 1990, I challenged a group of Rotary members from the Patan Rotary with $500 dollars match to start a new scholarship for poor children in Patan area.  Now after 26 years, that program provides more than 500 scholarships in Patan.

Nepal Project has become my passion.  As of now, we have completed more than 15 global projects in Nepal to provide safe drinking water to building libraries and establishing computer labs. During my Rotary Governorship, I came up with a theme called

“Passion into Action”. 

That passion is now in a full gear, especially, after the big earthquake in Nepal in April 2015.  Now, I am working along with my Son and Daughter with our new project called the “Asha Project”.

Asha means hope in Nepali. 

We figured that we can give those poor people in Nepal some Hope and Opportunities.  HOPE and OPPORTUNITIES brought me to this county forty five years ago and that same Hope and opportunities, we are trying to provide to people of Nepal.

We just started distributing $100,000 Rotary Foundation grant to earthquake victims in Nepal in partnership with the Rotary club of Mahabouddha.  We are 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 as well.  During our 2018 Humanitarian mission trip, we spoke with many Rotary clubs in Nepal and we are planning to develop first Rotary Fair in Nepal.  Our small amount of money goes long way in Nepal.  Even we don’t drink a Starbucks coffee once a week, we can save enough money to send one kid to school for a whole year.

As one of the African proverb said “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 as a Rotarian?

Whatever your passion is, whatever that idea is that you’ve had for all of these years that you’ve known that you want to take forward.  Let’s put or 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.

 “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”.