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Three Sisters of Sindhupalchok

Success Story

After the death of their father, three sisters carried on living with the help of relatives because their mother had left them too. But the situation became worse in 2015 when a devastating earthquake hit Nepal. Approximately 9000 people lost their lives; many more were injured and displaced. And many lost their loved ones. These three sisters suffered tremendously too. Their house was destroyed, and they had no place to go.  At that moment, the Asha Project helped them to build a new house and provided school expenses along with stationary supplies. In addition, the project provided some goats and built a goat shelter to help provide them a means of income.

Goats are widely used livestock in Nepal. Having goats brings the benefit of meat and milk production, and provides for income support.

The earthquake victims in Nepal including the three sisters received financial support from all over the world. Although the amount of money was not much, it definitely showed how collective efforts bring small changes for the least privileged people.

When Kishore Tripathi, the Goodwill Ambassador, met the sisters, he saw a very touching moment full of joy, love and hope between the three sisters. The Asha project brought this joy to their lives. Later, the older sister Thapa asked him, “Dai, do you think it is possible to say thank you to all the people who helped us?” He smiled and gladly said, “Of course.” (Sindhupalchok).

Now 22 years of age, the eldest sister recently married.  Of the other two, one goes to the college and the other is planning for vocational training. 


Asha believes in helping poor people in Nepal to rebuild their lives and renew their hope. Since 1992, the Asha project is working through three pillars – “Homes of Hope” for re-building homes and schools, “Legacy of Hope” for providing micro-credit loans to grow micro-enterprises, and “Rays of Hope Scholarship” for providing educational support.

The Asha project accomplished more than 17 Rotary Foundation grants, approximately $950,000, in Nepal to improve water, sanitation, health and educational opportunities for more than 70,000 people. The Asha project is jointly implemented by the Friends of Nepal-NJ (FONNJ) and the Rotary club of Branchburg.

HELPING ONE PERSON MIGHT NOT CHANGE THE WORLD, BUT IT COULD CHANGE THE WORLD FOR THAT ONE PERSON.

By: Eezya Dangol

The Asha project has a long history of supporting the school since 1990. Recently completed a science lab at the school.

On 5th October, The Asha Project conducted a scholarship program for children studying in grade 5 and 6 of the Balkumari School , Lalitpur municipality – 27, Nepal .


Every child has the right to quality education . But all the kids come from families having low economic status making it difficult for the children to attain quality education. Their parents work as factory workers and farmers and have a really miserable life.


This small act of kindness by Asha Project- Nepal has brought smiles on the innocent mellow faces of the children there. They were appreciative and thankful for this humanitarian gesture and were happy that they get to buy school supplies and pay their annual fees without any difficulty for their working parents.


It was the most beautiful feeling to witness and was able to capture moments of big smiles and happiness among the poor children of Sunakothi.


This scholarship was given in memory of my grandmother Usha Devi Maharajan, who was not educated but believed in educating children. My grandmother even helped me to attend the St. Xavier school eleven years ago. She was very kind and generous and helped many children to get into the St. Xavier school with her kind words and request with fathers at the school. This scholarship program brought happiness and smile on the faces of those needy children. I am very delighted to be part of this special memorial celebration for my grandmother.


My grandmother believed that “Helping the poor and needy is the greatest service you one can provide.” Once again thank you to Asha Project -Nepal for this special “Usha Devi Memorial Scholarship” for poor children in my village and I am very happy to be a part of this work to help needy children in my village.


The Asha Project’s mission is to “help poor people in Nepal to rebuild their LIVES and renew their HOPE.”


ASHA means HOPE in Nepali language. It is amazing how a short, four letter word can represent so much. Asha means hope, and that is its purpose. To provide hope in all aspects of life by supporting initiatives that is run by the people of Nepal for the people of Nepal
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I hope I will be able to help with this project and make a difference in poor children’s lives in the future. I believe that “Even by putting little effort or by giving just a little of what we have, we can make a difference in their lives.”

Eezya Dangol

Diversity Coalition to celebrate 20th Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Dinner on November 20, 2021.

Branchburg, N.J. – Rotary Club of Branchburg and The Somerset County Cultural Diversity Coalition (SCCDC) will be hosting its 20th Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Dinner and Awards presentation. Several outstanding individuals and organizations who have promoted peace and diversity in Somerset County will be receiving the 20th Annual Diversity and Peace Award.

The awards will be presented at the Interfaith Thanksgiving Dinner on Saturday, November 20, 5:30 p.m. at Raritan Valley Community College in the Conference Center, Route 28 in North Branch. Members of the public are invited to attend.

“The mission of the Coalition is to strive for greater awareness and respect for for all people in our community” said Dr. Tulsi R. Maharjan, chair of the SCCDC Coalition. “And it seems appropriate that we recognize people and groups that value and promote peace and diversity as we celebrate Thanksgiving. We invite people of all faiths and cultural backgrounds to come and celebrate with us.”

Dr. Tulsi R. Maharjan, Chair SCCDC, PDG Rotary District 7475

“We invite everyone to share a special Thanksgiving meal and celebrate the service of gratitude,” said Dr. Maharjan. “Prayers will be offered by local representatives of the Baha’i, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, Jain, Shinto, Native American and Sikh communities.”

At this special event the Rotary club of Branchburg will be donating $100,000 to various veterans organizations. According to club President Jodi DePalma “We are very happy to be able to partner with various veterans organizations to help homeless veterans as well as any veterans who need additional help.

If you would like to attend the dinner and award presentations, you are asked to register in advance online at https://conta.cc/3mXzdFg or emailing at trm7510@gmail.com. A donation of $25 is requested, with proceeds benefiting our annual humanitarian missions to Nepal and Colombia as well as our Global Action program to bring 5 youth volunteers from Nepal to further promote peace and understanding.

The event is being hosted by Raritan Valley Community College Rotaract Club. We are seeking corporate and community sponsors for this 20th anniversary celebration.

2021 Diversity Award recipients

Community Service Award: Lions International District 16J Governor Varsha Naik


Volunteer Service Award: Ruth Nortje, Horses for Forces

US President’s Lifetime Achievement Award

Ms. Kabina Singh for her 15 years of community service.

US President’s Lifetime Achievement Award
Mr. Ram Malakar for his 40 years of dedicated service to his community.

US. President’s Award – Marcus Karna, for volunteering his time for many social causes.

For more information about the dinner call (908) 369-4318.

Visit http://www.sccdiversity.com for more information about the Coalition and Rotary club of Branchburg if you like to volunteer in our community.

2021-23 Goodwill Ambassador Mr. Gyan Lal Maharjan


We are very happy to announce that Mr. Gyan Lal Maharjan has been appointed as a Goodwill Ambassador of the THE ASHA PROJECT-Nepal. The Goodwill Ambassador will engage in public advocacy as well as public awareness activities in Nepal.


The new Goodwill Ambassador will be designated for a period of two years, renewable, based on mutual agreement by the parties on the basis of satisfactory fulfillment of the role and their demonstrated interest in continuing the relationship.

Mr. Gyan Lal Maharjan graduated from the St. Xavier school and received his Intermediate in Commerce from, Namuna Machhindra College as well as bachelor’s degree in Education with major in English from Lalit Education College. He has completed many community service projects in Nepal.

He has also travelled to many countries like; USA, Canada, Beijing -China, Inner Magnolia, Italy, Manchester-England, United Arab Emirates, Thailand and Indian.


He is also the founding president of the World Class School in Imadole, Patan.

He has run many camps to bring enthusiasm in learning life skills as well as he is a motivational and inspirational speaker and Environmental outdoor educator and conference leader.

We look forward to utilizing his expertise and training programs for teachers and leadership programs for students and Rotratact/Interact members in Nepal. Welcome Gyan Lal Maharjan.

Mr. Ram Makalar, Founding President of the NPPA to be honored with the U.S. President’s Lifetime Achievement Award.


The Friends of Nepal- NJ and the Rotary club of Branchburg are proud to announce that 2021 The U.S. President’s Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Mr. Ram Malakar on November 20, 2021 during the 20th Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Dinner and Diversity Awards ceremony at the RVCC College in Branchburg, NJ.


The President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) is a civil award bestowed by the president of the United States. Established by executive order of President George W. Bush, the award honors volunteers that give hundreds of hours per year helping people in need.

“The purpose for the President’s Volunteer Service Award is to honor those who have volunteered thousands, if not tens of thousands of hours over their lifetime,” said Past Rotary District Governor Dr. Tulsi R. Maharjan of the Branchburg Rotary and President of the FONNJ. “Volunteers are the engine of every organization, community, state, and country. They truly help make a difference”.


According to Dr. Maharjan, “Mr. Malakar has found his passion, purpose and mission in his life. For the past 41 years, he has been organizing various nonprofit organizations to promote and preserve Nepali and Newari cultures as well as organizing various Nepali festivals and feeding hundreds of people each year”.


Dr. Maharjan said “41 years of incredible service to Washington DC metro area Nepalese community deserves an award. The Rotary Club of Branchburg and Friends of Nepal-NJ (FONNJ) will be presenting the US President’s Lifetime Achievement award of exemplary service to the community. Mr. Malakar has given over 41 years of his life serving and helping communities in Washington metropolitan area”. Please congratulate him if you see him and please share this post to celebrate his lifetime service to our community. Mr. Malakar was one of the founding fathers of the NPPA (Nepa Pasha Pucha Amerikaye) (http://nppa-usa.org) and past Presidents of the America Nepal Society and Nepalese Senior Group as well.


According to the NPPA past president Saroj Malakar “We are very happy to learn that my Dad is receiving this prestigious award and recognition from the United States President for his lifetime dedication to our community”.


Mr. Malakar was born in Thamel, Kathmandu and worked as a chef for many American Diplomats in Nepal and came to the United States in 1980 with American Diplomat as a personal chef. Since he arrived in Maryland, he has been welcoming and helping newly arrived Nepalese people in the area. Cooking is his passion and he has been inviting Nepalese community to his house for an authentic Nepali food to celebrate many Nepalese festivals. I also had a chance to learn few special Newari cooking lessons from him as well. He continues to share his knowledge and wisdom with many young people to promote and preserve Nepalese heritage in America. If your organization would like to hear his “Coming to America” story and his life’s opportunities and challenges, please contact FONNJ at http://www.fonnj.com. If you like to attend the Dinner and Awards celebration, you can register here. https://conta.cc/3mXzdFg

Celebration of Life and Legacy of Mr. Ramesh Maharjan


No tribute could ever come close to adequately describing Rameshji’s achievements and accomplishments in his community and communities around Nepal.

Your story is the greatest legacy that you will leave to your friends. It’s the longest-lasting legacy you will leave to your heirs. —Steve Saint

With God’s grace and Jhapu (Maharjan) connection, I had opportunity to meet with him during his visit to the United States. He was very gentle and soft-spoken person. I was quite impressed with his gentle smile and can-do attitude.


We had signed a MOU ( Memorandum of Understanding) to work with his organization Maya Foundation. He was very kind to host our visiting GAP (Global Action Project) students as well as our Asha Project team, when we visited his project in his hometown, when the area was destroyed by the 2015 earthquake. We even had some American Sherpas including my son Anil Maharjan, who helped to move some bricks and clean up the area.

The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it. —William James

William James


Mr. MAHARJAN was a mentor, friend, husband, father and grandfather—Ramjeshji lived a life of many roles and with many talents including his charming smile. As author Peter Strople said “Legacy is not leaving something for people. It’s leaving something in people”.


Born in Patan, Nepal, Rameshji would ultimately become one of the most-beloved and well-respected person in Nepal. He was the pillar of his community and family. Among other responsibilities fulfilled, he served as a founding president of the Maya Foundation, and served on many profit and non-profit organizations as a board member and president. Known for his excellent Diamond Business in Nepal, he was respected by all.

The greatest legacy one can pass on to one’s children and grandchildren is not money or other material things accumulated in one’s life, but rather a legacy of character and faith. —Billy Graham

Billy Graham


While his notoriety was great and his accolades numerous, for many in his community, he was a mentor and unelected Mayor of his town. Approachable and authentic, Rameshji was available to community people to help anyway possible.

He walked through this world with exceptional grace, strength, and wisdom. Community people were his preoccupation, the Newa communities were his family, the world was his stage.


Thank you for your continued prayers for his family and friends, and especially for his wife.

May you rest in eternal peace COMPASSIONATE PASA Rameshji.

In memory of him and to keep his Legacy alive the Asha Project-Nepal will be setting up a special scholarship for poor children in Patan area, maybe with this scholarship, we can educate and produce another Rameshji, who is kind, gentle and compassionate just like him.






Life & Legacy of a true Rotarian Elly Ezra “Crazy Horse”.

Our true Rotarian, father, grandfather, uncle and true friend and mentor of many District Rotoratins Elias (Elly) Ezra, left us, at the age of 73.

With Indian Half Brother Mahesh Advani

Elly was born July 21st, 1948 to Naomi Moses Ezra and Ezekiel Ezra, in Bombay, India. He grew up in Byculla. He came to the United States in 1966 to attend Tulane University, where he studied Mechanical Engineering. He continued his studies at Pace University, where he earned his MBA and completed coursework towards his Doctorate. He then worked for Western Electric and AT&T in New York and New Jersey. In 1989, he opened his own printing business, AlphaGraphics, that later became Edigital Graphics, which he ran successfully for 32 years.

With Rotary members from Bound Brook

While Elly was successful in business, his greatest accomplishment was his family. He is survived by his devoted wife of 43 years, Pamela Ezra. Elly and “Pammy” met in 1977 and created a happy life together. He was the proud father of four children: Yally, Mitchell, Mindy and Melanie and sons-in-law Evan, Mohamed, and Sunny. He was the adored grandpa of eight grandchildren: Leah, Micah, Eli, Ethan, Rosie, Asher, Noah, and Ari. He was predeceased by his parents, grandmother Nani, and brother, Eric Ezra. He is survived by his sister, Googie Tesser, and Auntie Hannah Moses.

Elly was a card carrying an avid member of Rotary International since 1984. After being District Governor, his loyalty and dedication grew even more. He would share his Rotary stories everywhere and district people enjoyed his “Kool Aid” tinted talk about Rotary and its effort to eliminate Polio to his full dedication and commitment to the “Gift of Life” program. Elly made friends wherever he went. All Asian Indians were his half brothers. I even manage to be his half brother being a Nepalese Jew. (Buddhist can obviously be anything they want). He was known for telling jokes and for his off-the-cuff speeches and toasts, especially to large audiences. I remember several Paul Harris Awards presentations he made, where Rotarians felt that Rotary International is a beacon of World Understanding that crosses all political, religious, and international borders and provide help where ever it is needed. And how Rotarians around the world have spread the message of World Understanding through acts of kindness, compassion, fellowship, and a common theme, Service Above Self.

He always spoke his mind. Before my district conference in 2014 in Somerset, he told me that very few people will attend the local conference, because he had an experience doing a local conference. I told him that don’t worry Governor, I have two happy Buddha’s helping me (Joe Horner and John Shockley), they will make sure that everything goes well, and they ran one of the most successful local district conference in 2014. John and Joe became Elly’s best friends after that. Joe and John even helped to clean up his office after Elly got sick. John spoke with Elly weekly.

Elly and his horse story

Elly was proud of the successes of his children and sons-in-law, and was always eager to share their accomplishments.

Those who wish to honor Elly are asked to make a contribution in his honor to the Rotary Gift of Life New Jersey, via mail c/o David Beni, Treasurer, 16 Claremont Avenue, Maplewood, NJ 07040. The Mission of Gift of Life Inc. of NJ is to provide resources to treat children with congenital heart defects from anywhere in the world where assistance is needed. He was the chair of this committee for a long time.

Rotary club of Branchburg will be celebrating his Life and Legacy on October 27, 2021 from 7:30 am to 9 am at the Stony Brook Grille in Branchburg. If you would like to attend the breakfast meeting, please register here. https://conta.cc/3v9MCO6 Spaces are limited due to on going Covid-19. Branchburg Rotary will be also setting up a “Elly Ezra Memorial Scholarship” in Nepal.

He was a GREAT Rotarian and family man and he adored all his children and grandchildrens. In order to keep his memory alive and with his family’s desire to keep his ROTARY LEGACY going, Branchburg Rotary and the Asha Project are setting up a MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP in his name in Nepal so that we can continue providing HOPE and OPPORTUNITIES for many poor children and continue his life’s quest for gaining more knowledge & wisdom and continue his Rotary LEGACY many more years of come. If you like to help, you can mail the check payable to the Branchburg Rotary Foundation and mail it to PDG Dr. Tulsi Maharjan, P.O. Box 5082, Somerville, NJ 08876 or contact him at 908-458-7712.

PAYPAL PAYMENT HERE

He will be missed by his Rotary friends, families members, and countless Rotary half brothers from around the world.

Here are some thoughts from his Rotary buddies…

PDG Adrienne Bzura:
Pam, I am so sorry not to be able to see you in person to offer my deepest sympathy & condolences on the loss of Elly. You know more than anyone the depth of love that connected you. There are no words that can truly ease the pain of loss, but if caring thoughts can help they are there with you now. You are not alone. Andrew & I are holding you close in our hearts & in our prayers. There is love that will last forever, and there are memories that will make you smile……..xoxo, Adrienne

Valerie Waterman:
I am profoundly sorry to hear about the passing of Elly. I was very fond of him and he was larger than life. I will miss him so much. Prayers to his entire family. May his memory be a blessing. Shalom to all.

PP Lewis Edge, Princeton Rotary:
Elly and I were dear friends for many years, have enjoyed many visits and shared countless phone calls and messages when we were apart. Last December (2020) he wrote to me with details about his long cancer battle and the ordeals that he had ahead of him. His deep love for his devoted wife, Pamela, and his smart beautiful children were among the reasons he fought so hard to continue living despite his suffering. I am heartbroken over his passing and extend my sincerest condolences to his family.

PDG D. Michael Hart, Westfield:
Elly was a great guy. He always had a joke ready and was a master story teller. He was a tireless worker, a very effective speaker, and very passionate about his causes. I worked with Elly closely on a major Rotary Fundraiser for many years, and he really put his all into it. Elly was devoted to his family, and very proud of his children and grandchildren. He will be missed.

Half Brother Nepalese Jew (Buddhist)

GSE TEAM FROM NEPAL

Group Study Exchange from Nepal to visit our District 7475 in Mid-April to Mid-May 2022. Need your club support.

Rotary International is a 116-year-old beacon of World Understanding that crosses all political, religious, and international borders. Rotarians have spread the message of World Understanding through acts of kindness, compassion, fellowship, and a common theme, Service Above Self. Our 1.2 million members have seized opportunities to serve at home and abroad through hands-on projects, International grant projects and other financial commitments. Rotarians around the world are working tirelessly to spread goodwill and peace.

For me, Rotary is one great gateway that leads to many doors – the chance to meet wonderful people you would otherwise never meet, to learn about cultures you never knew existed, to break bread with otherwise total strangers and so break down the barriers of ignorance and intolerance, to support a strong Rotary Foundation and its programs and participate in a crusade for building world understanding and peace.

Our real legacy will be once we eradicate polio from this earth.  We are “THIS CLOSE”.   Rotarians around the world have embraced the dream of a Polio-Free world and if that isn’t World Understanding I don’t know what is.

Our Rotary district 7475 is planning to honor Rotary’s goal of world peace and understanding by inviting one Rotarian leader and 4 Rotaract members to our district in coming Mid April-May of 2022  and planning  programs and activity during their visit to emphasize Rotary’s “understanding and goodwill as essential for world peace.”

As I reflect on my recent GSE team visit to Nepal as a GSE team leader, I am truly humbled by Rotary’s undertaking to affect change on a global-level through simple ideas such as education, community service, and relationship-building between individuals.  Rotary’s unwavering commitment and its dedication of resources to projects such as Youth Exchange, Vocational Training Team, Global grants, Group Study Exchange (GSE) are exemplary. These and similar programs are not designed to bring an immediate return on investment but to build a foundation for the future.  They are progressive as well as deliberate; they offer grassroots, long-term solution to building peace and goodwill among individual citizens. In addition, our countless joint international service projects between Rotary clubs around the world also contribute to this vital objective.

Our current District Governor Shelby Rhodes and PDG Ray Freaney are working hard to make this special GSE visit a reality with funding from our district and many supporting clubs. All district clubs will be playing a big role in inviting our GSE team from Nepal by arranging programs with our special guests and inviting friends and families.    

This will be a great time for our district clubs to launch an international community service project in your community with our visiting Rotaract students, sign sister club agreement, inviting your Rotaract and Interact students to share their experiences.

Through Rotary and its Foundation, we foster personal relationships that transcend borders and form a foundation for peace. GSE team visit from Nepal will be like celebrating World Understanding Month and a great opportunity for every club to pause, plan, and promote the Fourth Avenue of Service – Rotary’s continued quest for goodwill, peace, and understanding among people of the world.

I would love to hear about whether your club will be able host them in your county and provide home stay. You can reach me via email at trm7510@gmail.com or call my cell (908)458-7712.

PDG Dr. Tulsi R. Maharjan

Kabina Singh Maharjan to be honored with the U.S. President’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Branchburg Rotary is proud to announce that 2021 The U.S. President’s Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Ms. Kabina Singh Maharjan on November 20, 2021 during the 20th Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Dinner and Diversity Awards ceremony at the RVCC College in Branchburg, NJ.

The President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) is a civil award bestowed by the president of the United States. Established by executive order of George W. Bush, the award honors volunteers that give hundreds of hours per year helping people in need.

The President’s Volunteer Service Award can be granted to individuals, families, and organizations located throughout the United States. Depending on the number of service hours completed, recipients can earn the Bronze, Silver, Gold, and/or the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

“The purpose for the President’s Volunteer Service Award is to honor those who volunteer hundreds, if not thousands of hours over their lifetime,” said Past District Governor Dr. Tulsi R. Maharjan of the Branchburg Rotary club. “Volunteers are the engine of every organization, community, state, and country. They truly help make a difference.”

According to Dr. Maharjan, Past District Governor of the Rotary District 7475 “Kabina has found her passion, purpose and mission in her life. For the past 12 years, she has freely performed in many local and national stages various Nepalese cultural and historical dances”.

Kabina Singh Maharjan is also a Cultural Ambassador and coordinator of of the FONNJ (Friends of Nepal-NJ) http://www.fonnj.com.
According to Dr. Maharjan “We are delighted to have Kabina Sing Maharjan being selected as a recipient of this prestigious award”.

KABINA PERFORMING AT VARIOUS COMMUNITY PROGRAMS.

Kabina has been presenting her performances at various special functions in the tri-state area for more than 12 years.

According to the FONNJ Vice President Roshan Karmacharya “We are very happy learn that Kabina is receiving this prestigious award and recognition from the United States President”.

Kabina was born in Khokana, Patan and has been performing in variety of programs ever since her high school year, she had also taught dance classes to children in school. Dancing is her passion and she would like to continue teaching dances and promoting Nepalese cultural heritage in America. If your organization is interested in having her perform, please contact her at http://www.fonnj.com.

CELEBRATION OF LIFE & LEGACY OF MR. SHAILESH KUMAR DAHAL (UPADHYAY)

Shailesh was one of the first Nepali to live in NJ. We almost came to America same time in early 1970s. I had a plan to celebrate our 50th Year of COMING TO AMERICA celebration next year. But he left us early.

When we moved to NJ in 1987, we met up again after 20 years. May be that was my destiny to hear his dried sense of humor.

Then our small Nepalese community of 5 to 6 families regularly gathered during various Nepalese festivals. Now after 30 years we surpass more than 1000 families in NJ.

Nepali Gathering

I still remember a special gathering in his first house in Metuchen. One of the guest Mr. Kanak MANI Dixit, who worked at the United Nations came one hour late.  I thought that was a Nepalese time, but he could not find Metuchen. With his best Nepali accent, he asked a police officer where is the Me-tu-chen. Police told him that there was no me-tu-chen in New jersey. We had a big laugh.

Shailesh was born only two days before me. I asked him if I need to call him DAI – meaning Elder brother in Nepali. He just laughed and said it is only two days we are twins…

We started our THREE AMIGOS birthday celebration tradition. Celebrating our June birthdays together with Shailesh, Ashok and me. During the birthday celebration we always discussed about our favorite drinks. I used to buy only CORONA beer and Ashok and Shilesh used to have a good discussion about which one is the best beer. CORONA or Amstel.  For me it was just a beer and used to be happy with a cold beer and Newari choyala – roasted spicy meat.

When my son Anil was born in June 1992, we became 4 amigos and I made Shilesh  Anil’s GOD father according to American tradition. Shailesh used to imitate as DON CORLEONE from the movie Godfather and try to have kiss his ring. But that did not work.

Periodically when his father Foreign minister of Nepal Mr. Shailendra Kumar Upadhyay visit us in NJ, we used to have nice American Dinner ( you can guess what that is) and talk about Nepalese and American politics. That will be the highlight of Shailesh’s day.

Shilesh was always witty, he has a knack for telling Jokes about everything.  He was a renaissances man who has curiosity and desire to learn about everything. His smile, Jokes and boundless energy mesmerized everyone who he met.  He made friends with everyone easily. His unquenching desire to learn continued and read many American novels. We even found his latest novel he was reading in his bedroom before he passed away last week.

I am sure all of you have a different story to share about your encounter with him.  His funny jokes, his dried sense of humor and most of all his smile. I am sure he is watching us at the moment and laughing in the way only he can laugh. (ha.Haha …YO MULA HARU ke gari rahekohola) What these fools are doing.

He was a GREAT family man and he adored all his children. In order to keep his memory alive and with his children’s desire to keep his LEGACY going, we are setting up a MEMORIAL SCHOLARHIP in his name in Nepal so that we can continue providing HOPE and OPPORTUNITES for many poor children and continue his life’s quest for gaining more knowledge and continue his LEGACY many more years of come.

We are all going to miss him dearly.  We should take his LOVE for LIFE today as we say farewell to him and LIVE our lives with the JOY that Shilesh embodied.     

MAY YOU REST IN ETERNAL PEACE MY DEAR AMIGO…

CELEBRATION OF LIFE & LEGACY OF

MR. SHAILESH KUMAR DAHAL (UPADHYAY)

MY GAP EXPERIENCE IN NEPAL

BY: Amanda Green, Former RVCC Rotaract club member

The Asha Project’s GAP program started sending Rotaract students to Nepal to have them gain a lifetime experience. Visit http://www.theashaproject.org to learn more about the GAP program.

Travelling to Nepal was an incredible opportunity that I stumbled upon as a result of being a member of the RVCC Rotaract club. It was a really unique experience that I’m so thankful I got the privilege to be a part of.


The highlight of my trip was getting to meet the amazing members of the Newroad Pokhara Rotaract club, who were so welcoming, friendly, and amazing tour guides! We built strong friendships and developed a fantastic bond between our twin Rotaract clubs. I was really impressed by was the fact that most of the Rotaractors we met were entrepreneurs of some sort, having started at least one business or company and were already running it successfully. I was so impressed that many of them were starting off their business careers at a young age, and I found that inspiring!


Another memorable part of the trip was getting to experience the beautiful country and culture of Nepal. I was absolutely amazed at the beauty that was all around us wherever we went. It was inspiring to witness the vibrant and beautiful culture of Nepal, which is unlike anything I’ve ever experienced before. It was remarkable to be welcomed into so many different homes and get to see little parts of life in Nepal, all the people we interacted with were so hospitable and friendly.