Bringing a Promise of HOPE for Shree Bhimshen Adarsa Madhamic School students in Barumchuli

It began 50 years ago, waiting for that day, when the Nepal Junior Red Cross gives out a “Small box of gift” from the USA. Every year in April, I used to wait for that day, to receive a small box of gift containing two pencils, erasers and few candies. That was, what I most wanted in the world.
“A Special Gift Box from America”


Now a day, when I visit Nepal, I reach into my backpack, and hand students with a pen, a pencil or a notebook, and see a wave of possibility washed over the student.

Dr. Tulsi R. Maharjan, Founding chair


Seeing a smile and brightened wide open eye is my sense of happiness. We see the profound power and promise brought through something as small as giving a pencil, a pen or a notebook. That is our ASHA project- A Promise of Hope and providing opportunities for less fortunate people.

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 our 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.

Guided by our Three pillars,

RAYS OF HOPE, LEGACY OF HOPE and HOMES OF HOPE,

We have been supporting projects that inspire a promise of hope for the people of Nepal.

During our recent visit to the श्री भिमशेन आदर्श माध्यामिक  Shree Bhimshen Adarsa Madhamic School in Barumchuli: We met many smart, focused, and friendly students. Being poor in Nepal, their families are not not able to provide them with many luxuries, they are determined to get better education and become someone. With support from the ASHA PROJECT and partnership between the #ROTARY Foundation and ONE STEP FOR CHANGE,

THEIR next goal is simple: become the greatest teacher, social workers,police etc in Nepal.

Rotaract students from RAC Manohara, Babarmahal and Rudramati visited the school and conducted essay contest ” WHAT I WANT TO BE WHEN I GROW UP”.


Over the last 28 years, we have visited many village schools in Nepal, handing out thousands of pens and pencils across many districts in Nepal. These pencils, these small pieces of potential, led to powerful conversations with local parents and children across countless languages. These are the guidelines on which ASHA Project was founded in April 2015 after the earthquake in Nepal.


In the process, we have learned a lot. We’ve learned that education is a living, breathing entity that with the right nurturing evolves into something spectacular. We’ve learned that every piece of its growth is a challenge and that each pencil, each dollar, each supporter is essential. The ASHA Project is now a national movement of passionate individuals, many of which are the most dynamic and impactful leaders we have ever seen. They are committed to supporting a world with greater educational opportunity for all. Thousands have joined us, making contributions through acts both large and small.


We fundamentally believe that a day will come in our lifetimes when every single child will have access to a quality education, meaningful employment through micro credit loans and a well managed community. We will continue to work tirelessly in breaking down the restraints of today to enable the possibilities of tomorrow for the children and families in Nepal.

MAKING A DIFFERENCE AWARD

The “Making A Difference Community Service Award” was presented to the ASHA PROJECT to honor the organization for making a significant contributions to the people of Nepal through their time, actions, talents and dedication

The ASHA PROJECT was selected for being a role model for compassion, and service and be striving to make the world a better place. The Asha Project has been mobilizing passionate young volunteers from various Rotaract clubs in Nepal to help their own communities with funding, advice and partnership with others organizations.

 According to the Immediate Past President of the RC Rudramati  Jyoti Poudel “ The Asha Project was selected for this award for consistently demonstrating qualities of compassion, and service to our local communities mobilizing variety of volunteer activities since the earthquake in Nepal”.

The Asha Project has invested more than $150,000 in the micro credit project, $50,000 in educational scholarships and school supplies distribution and $50,000 in community development project so far since the earthquake.  According to the Asha Project coordinator Mr. Kishore Tripathi and Executive Director of the ONE STEP FOR CHAGE, “The first Educational scholarship was established in 1992 in collaboration with the Rotary club of Patan, which provides more than 300 scholarships each year. The most recent educational scholarship agreement was signed with the Rotary Club of Patan West to establish $100,000 scholarships to provide educational opportunities for remote village students.  The Asha Project also helped to set up a science lab at the Bal Kumari school in Sunakothi with the help of the Rotary club of Branchburg and the America Nepal Friendship Society of New York.  

को हुन् उषा महर्जन ?

साउन १५ ,काठमाडौँ। ८८  वर्ष अगाडि नेपालमा जन्मेकी उषा महर्जन पुल्चोककै सबैभन्दा प्रिय र सम्मानित व्यक्ति बन्नेछिन सायदै कसैले सोचेको थियो होला। यति मात्र भन्दा तपाई को मनमा प्रश्न आउन  सक्छ , को हुन् उषा महर्जन? ?कसरी  लोकप्रिय र सम्मानित बनिन ?

आज हामी यिनै प्रश्न को उत्तर र उषा महर्जन को जीवनी लाइ समेट्न गइ रहेका छौं। बुबा लोक बिक्रम शाह र आमा रति देबी महर्जनको कोख बाट  १९९० असार मा जन्मिएकी उषा महर्जन एक खुला हृदय कि महिला थिइन्।  आफु मात्र गरूँ , आफु मात्र खाउँ  र आफु मात्रै लाउँ  भन्ने आजको यो स्वार्थी संसार मा म मात्र होइन मसंगै मैले धेरै लाई  अघि बढ्न सहयोग र साथ् दिनुपर्छ भन्ने सोचाई  राख्ने महिला थिइन उनि !

उनि पुलचोकको अनौपचारिक मेयर थिइन भन्दा फरक नपर्ला । उनी समुदाय र परिवारको आधारस्तम्भ थिइन। उनी शिक्षित थिइनन , तर अरुलाई शिक्षित बनाउन आफु बाट  हुनसक्ने सक्दो सहयोग गर्थिन । उनि महान थिइन , गरिब , दुखि ,मेहेनती सबैको मर्म लाई  आफ्नो मर्म बनाएर संधै नै लोक को सेवा मा , समाज  सेवा मा तत्पर उषा आज हामि बीच छैनन् , उषा को आशा को दियो अब रहेन , आज धेरै मानिसहरु अभिभावक बिहिन महशुस गरिरहेका छन्। तर उषा ले जजसको जीवन मा दियो बालेर गएकी छिन त्यो दियो कहिले निभ्ने छैन , यो त सम्झना को दियो हो ,निराशापछि को  आशा को दियो हो , कसैले पनि उनलाई चाहेर पनि आफ्नो मन र मस्तिस्क बाट  निभाउन सक्दैन ! उनि ति  सबै मनमा जीवित छिन , जसलाई सहयोग गरेर उनले  नयाँ  जीवन जिउन सिकाइन , जसको जीवन कोपिला बाट  फुल बन्न सक्यो , असक्षम  बाट  सक्षम बन्न सक्यो , उदास बाट  उत्साही बन्न सक्यो। 

कुल नारायण महर्जन संग बिवाह गरेकी उषाका  दुई छोराहरु रहेका छन् ,शालिकराम  महर्जन र तुलसी राम महर्जन !कान्छा छोरा  तुलसी राम लाई  अध्ययन का लागि अमेरिका पठाएर , जेठो छोरो  शालिक राम का साथ त्यो समय मा चाइना छिरेकी थिइन् उनि !

 उनि आफु शिक्षा बाट  टाढा रहे पनि आफ्ना सन्तान को शिक्षा मा कहिले बाधा व्यवधान आउन  दिईनन ।निडर थिइन्  उनि , हिम्मतिली थिइन्  र अरुलाई हिम्मत दिन सिपालु थिइन्। 

उनको प्रशंसक  असंख्य छन् , समुदाय मा धेरै को लागी उनी एक सल्लाहकार थिइन ।  उनले धेरै शिक्षा बाट वञ्चित बच्चाहरूलाई सेन्ट जेभियर स्कूलमा पढ्न मद्दत गरिन ।

रोटरी मा पनि प्रख्यात थिइ न उषा ! यद्यपि उनी एक रोटेरियन थिइनन् ।रोटरी मा पनि उनका निर्णय सम्मान का साथ सुनिन्थ्ये ! बच्चा , बृद्ध , युवा  सबै मा छाप  छाड्न सफल उषाले हामि सबै लाइ छाडेर गइ सकेकी छन् तर हाम्रो मन बाट आफ्नो याद , माया , सम्मान लाई  हामिबाट  लिएर जान सकिनन्। 

उनको अनुपस्थिति ले दुख त दिएको छ उनको परिवार लाई  तर आज उनको परिवार उनको  जीवन र विरासतलाइ  मनाइ रहेको छ। उनको परिवार ले उनकै मन पर्ने बिद्यालय  सेन्ट जेभियर स्कूलमा छात्रवृत्ति सिर्जना गरेर उनको जीवन र विरासत मनाउने निर्णय गरेको हो  ।जीवन मरण त संसार को एक नियम हो , तर धेरै कम को मृत्यु खास बन्छ , उत्सब मनाउन  योग्य बन्छ , आशु संगै आफ्ना प्रति गर्व महशुस गर्न लायक बनाउँछ  र जुनी जुनी सम्म अमर रहन्छ !

Celebrating Life and Legacy of Mrs. Usha Mahrjan

Celebration of Life and Legacy of Mrs. Usha Devi Maharjan 
No tribute could ever come close to adequately describing 
Mrs. USHA DEVI MAHARJAN.

Mentor, friend, wife, grandmother,great grandmother—Usha lived a life of many roles and with many talents. 
Born in Nepal 88 years ago, Mrs. Maharjan would ultimately become one of the most-beloved and well-respected person in Pulchowk. We call her an “Unofficial Mayor of Pulchowk”. She was the pillar of the community and family.

She was not educated, however, she managed to send her two sons to China and USA to study. She admitted her grand kids and great grant kids to St. Xavier and St. Mary school and helped many underprivileged children to get into St. Xavier school and other schools in Patan. 

Helped many local people financially and motivating people in the community to do better by giving her life example.

In 1960 she worked in China with the Nepalese Ambassador Mr. Keshar Bahadur KC and took her elder son along with the family to study in China.

In 1972 she managed to send her 15 year old son to America to study.


Even though she was not a Rotarian she lived by Rotary’s 4 way test.

1. Is it the TRUTH?
2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
3. Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all?

While her notoriety was great and her accolades numerous, for many in the community, she was a mentor. Approachable and authentic, Mrs. Maharjan was available to community people to help anyway possible. 


We are celebrating her Life and Legacy by creating a Memorial scholarship at her favorite St. Xavier School. 

May she REST IN PEACE.

TRIBUTES FROM FRIENDS AND FAMILIES:

TRIBUTES FROM FRIENDS AND FAMILIES:

Fellow Rotarian, Rotary’s Past District Governer, Dr Tulsi Maharjan, My condolences to you and your family on the passing of your Mom. It is never easy to lose a mother—doesn’t matter how old she was. I pray for your peace and comfort as you continue your life journey without your mother’s earthly presence. Stay strong Dr Tulsi!

Best  Nabaraj KC, Rotary Club of New York Queens Family!

Keith Federman Sending my condolences. I’m very sorry for your loss Tulsi. If the values we instill in others, and the caring and kindness is legacy what we leave behind, she has left quite a legacy. Sending prayers.

Chandra Sakya Heartfelt condolence to you and your family !

Shanta Khadgi My deepest condolences to you and family Tulsi ji. May the departed Soul rest in peace.

Gyan Lal Maharjan May God bless her soul! She was just amazing!
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Kabina Singh Maharjan – Cultural Ambassador of the FONNJ

WE are delighted to have Kabina Sing Maharjan being selected as a new Cultural Ambassador of the Friends of Nepal-NJ.

KABINA PERFORMING AT THE NEPAL DAY PARADE 2017


Kabina has been presenting her performances at various special functions in the tri-state area for more than 10 years.

According to FONNJ President Dr. Tulsi R. Maharjan “We are delighted have Kabina represent us in various functions and promote our cultural heritage in America”.


Kabina born in Khokana, Patan has been performing in various programs ever since her high school year, she had also taught dances 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.

Gift of Hope for Nepal

Gift of HOPE for Nepal
50 years ago, I remember waiting the days, when the Nepal Junior Red Cross gave out a “Small GiftBox” from the USA. Every April, I waited for that day, to receive this Small Gift Box, containing two pencils, erasers and few candies. That was, what I most wanted in the world.


“A Special Gift Box from America”


Now, when I visit Nepal, I reach into my backpack, and hand students a pen, a pencil or a notebook, and I see a wave of endless possibilities washed for these students. Seeing their smiles and bright eyes provides me with a sense of happiness. I see the profound power and promise that a small gift such as a pencil, a pen or a notebook can generate. That is our ASHA project- A Promise of Hope. ASHA means HOPE in Nepali language. It is amazing how a small word can represent so much. Providing Asha means, that is our purpose. To provide hope in all aspects of life, by supporting programs managed by the people of Nepal for the people of Nepal.

Guided by our Three Pillars: RAYS OF HOPE, LEGACY OF HOPE and HOMES OF HOPE


We support projects that create a promise of hope for the people of Nepal.
Over the last 28 years, we have visited many village schools, distributing thousands of pens and pencils across many districts in Nepal. These gifts, led to powerful partnerships with local parents and children regardless of language differences. Through these discussions and partnerships, it became clear that there was a need for an international non-profit, led on-the-ground by a staff of locals within the country. The effort would require active village participation in each school, and deep support, trained teachers and tracking of the progress of each student to ensure their success. These were the principles and guidelines on which the ASHA Project was founded in April 2015, after the devastating earthquake in Nepal.


Since starting an educational scholarship with a small $500 donation in 1990, we have helped provide more than 4000 scholarships, built computer labs, science labs, libraries, developed clean water projects and provided more than $150,000 worth of micro credit loans in Nepal. Through a grant from the Rotary Foundation and individual donations, we have invested more than $800,000 in Nepal.


In the process, we have learned a lot. We’ve learned that education is a living, breathing entity that with the right nurturing evolves into something spectacular. We’ve learned that the growth process is a challenge but each pencil, each dollar,each supporter makes a difference and is essential. The ASHA Project is now a national movement of passionate individuals, many of whom are the most dynamic and impactful leaders we have ever seen. They are committed to supporting a world with greater educational opportunity for all. Thousands have joined us, making contributions through acts both large and small.


We fundamentally believe that a day will come in our lifetimes when every single child will have access to a quality education, meaningful employment through micro credit loans and a well- managed community. We will continue to work tirelessly in breaking down the restraints of today to enable the possibilities of tomorrow for the children and families of Nepal.

A promise of HOPE

STORY BY ADYA JHA

Hope has the power to move people. Hope has changed the course of history, and millions of lives. The magic of hope is what we are looking to spread here at ASHA. Using our three pillars, HOMES OF HOPE, RAYS OF HOPE, and LEGACY OF HOPE, we are determined to spread the idea of a brighter, more prosperous, and stronger future.

     ASHA was originally founded in 2015 in response to the Nepal earthquake which left thousands dead, but our mission extended much before that. Starting from a small $500 donation in 1992, we have provided thousands of dollars in scholarships and have helped build places of hope such as science labs, libraries and water projects. In addition to that, we have loaned more than $150,000 in micro credit loans in Nepal, along with countless donations.

     Almost as important as hope, is the importance of education. It is every child’s right to receive an education, which in turn increases hope. ASHA has distributed hundreds of pens and pencils to symbolize opportunity. The power of learning and information creates the leaders of tomorrow.

     To this day, ASHA has been persistent in spreading the message of hope to everyone. This is our biggest ambition, and we will work to break down the barriers and spread the idea of hopefulness and optimism to everyone across Nepal.
A promise of HOPE

ROTARY CONNECTS THE WORLD.

ROTARY CONNECTS THE WORLD.

ROTARY CONNECTS THE WORLD. MID-NorthEast Presidents-elect Training Seminar – Meeting with President elects from 6 different districts.

Keynote Speaker

PASSION INTO ACTION

ARE YOU GOING TO GETTYSBURG?

RI PRESIDENT ELECT MARK MALONEY

DGE RAY IN ACTION

7475 DISTRICT MEMBERS IN ACTION

2019 Humanitarian Mission to Nepal

Humanitarian Mission

Changing Lives.. one school and one student at a time.

The Asha Project brings people together to change lives. Our support brings hope and opportunities to improve the lives of children in Nepal, and it imparts deep connections to those who give their time and energy. Please reach out to the Friends of Nepal – NJ or The Asha Project to see how you can participate.

Changing Lives one family at a time.

“Gift of Hope Project for Nepal”

It is nothing new to hear about people living in poverty and not being able to afford adequate education and education supplies for children in Nepal.

School supplies distribution in Pokhara

In Nepal, there are people struggling to obtain the basic necessities such as school supplies, uniforms, and quality education. For the ones that are fortunate enough to get private schooling, the school supplies they need are not affordable and beyond reach. With all of this in mind, we created a Project to bring hope where there is none.


In 2015, after the Nepal Earthquake the “Gift of Hope Project for Nepal” was introduced to many of our friends and colleagues. Our mission and desire is to provide education and educational supplies for the poor and neglected.

The Asha Project’s first project, building a school in the vicinity of greater Kathmandu, is currently underway. We have supported many women in Nepal with $100,000 micro credit, more than $200,000 worth of Vocational training and $100,000 health program in cooperation with many Rotary clubs in Nepal.

We ask that you join us on our journey and offer a helping hand to achieve the goal by carrying school supplies to Nepal, if you have any space in your travel to Nepal.

The Gift of Hope project can provide school supplies to many needy children in Nepal.
We thank you in advance for whatever support you can offer.

Marcus Karna being recognized for his help in carrying “Gift of Hope” supplies to Nepal

GIFT OF HOPE from the Somerville High School Interact Club.

BRANCHBURG — Times have not changed in Nepal, poor children in Nepal are still looking for any school supplies for their school day.
To assist poor families in Nepal the Asha Project, a Rotary and Community partnered program is working with local Schools and community groups to collect school supplies for the Asha Project’s 2018 Humanitarian Mission to Nepal.


Recently, the Somerville High School Interact club members collected school supplies and wrote Massages of HOPE for the school children in Nepal. They pulled together donations from their class and every member of the Interact club members wrote a message in Nepali word called “ASHA”. The Asha is the Nepali work for Hope. The Rotary Club of Branchburg has been helping in Nepal for the past 26 years. The Somerville High School Interact club members put together several boxes of school supplies decorated with the ASHA word. These school supplies will be distributed to poor school children in Nepal during the Asha Project’s 2019 Humanitarian mission to Nepal from February 15-March 1, 2019.

Interact students from the Somerville High School.

In addition to the school supplies like notebooks, boxes of crayons, pencils, erasers, folders and other supplies, the Branchburg Rotary donated $2000 toward the purchase of a new school bags.


“Individuals from all Rotary members also donated a variety of school supplies that the students or the school could not afford,” Maharjan said. “These supplies will help to make a better learning environment for students in Nepal.”


According to Interact Club Adviser Ms. Kelly “The Interact Club piloted this collection, but I am sure next year we can do it on an even larger scale! Although the box may not be big, it is filled with lots of love and friendship”.


Dr. Tulsi Maharjan, Past President of the Branchburg Rotary and a team leader for the 2019 Humanitarian trip, said students in Nepal is looking forward to this special gift and students are “lucky” to receive special gifts from America. We hope to have students from Nepal SKYPE with the students and have cultural exchange as well. We hope to continue this project.

END HUNGER 3.6 – WINTER FOOD PACKING EVENT ON MARCH 30, 2019

Rotary’s vision statement, “Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.”

Come join us at CENTRAL NEW JERSEY’S largest ROTARY+ROTARACT+INTERACT+COMMUNITY WINTER FOOD PACKING EVENT on March 30, 2019 at the Raritan Valley College, cafeteria in Branchburg.

The Central New Jersey Rotary Families in collaboration with our local organizations plans to prepare 150,000 meals for needy people in the Central New Jersey area and donate to the local Food Banks.

Branchburg Rotary club has announced that March is the End Hunger month for Rotary. As part of this campaign Central New Jersey Rotary, Rotaract, Interact Clubs and community organizations are planning to join together to prepare 150,000 food packages for malnourished children in our community and donate to our local food bank on March 30, Saturday from 12 to 6 pm  at the Raritan Valley Community College Cafeteria.

This special service project is a part of Central NJ Rotary Club’s effort to curve hunger in the Central New Jersey area. This project is more than just bringing a smile to the recipients; it is also an opportunity for each club’s members to gather with their spouses and/or children to enjoy night of fellowship and the joy of giving back. “The members of the Rotary Club value the relationship we have developed with the Central New Jersey communities and Rotary clubs, and look forward to working on service projects in the future,” said Rotary Past District Governor Dr. Tulsi R. Maharjan.

Come join us at our 5th Annual Winter Meal packing event. Our goal, with your help, is to raise $45,000 to fund over 150,000 meals to feed 900,000 children who are suffering from hunger.

Volunteers of all ages are Welcome!

Suggested donation of $25 per person and Or $40 per family and $150 per community organizations.

 Contact us at RotaryDistrict7475@gmail.com or 908-369-4318.

Volunteer registration: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090448aea92da3fd0-endhunger