You live in a beautiful country that offers not only peace and beauty but compassion, hospitality and love.

Rotaract Friendship Exchange

The Asha Project

My Youth Exchange Experience in Nepal

 Jenna Douglas

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In my time getting to learn more about the fantastic place I traveled to, someone referred to your country as a place of beauty and peace. It was a description that I quickly agreed with, yet after spending 11 days in Nepal I don’t believe even these words can do your country a justice. My life-changing visit to this place makes me feel that nothing can accurately describe how special this nation is.

Upon my first moments in Nepal we were encountered with love from the Rotaract crew from Kathmandu. They took all of our worries off of our shoulders with assisting us with luggage, food, water and a safe travel to Pokhara. Immediately I was shown some of the greatest hospitality in my life. Even with the enthusiasm the group shared whilesinging songs on the bus trip was enough to…

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The Asha Project’s Children Literacy Campaign in Nepal

asha1This is a campaign to promote the reading culture among children by providing books through an easily accessible library system in Schools in Nepal as well as provide books to students to read.  Every school going child will have easy access to read their favorite books- inspiring stories with beautiful illustrations and pictures. Everyone has a dream to read a favorite book in their childhood which helps them to recognize their own strength to do something in life.

9But in many parts of the developing countries books are not part of a child’s early experiences.  For parents who cannot read or struggle daily to care for their families, books are not a priority.  With this project we hope to bring story books and literature to children and to classrooms is something we Rotarians can to improve access to basic education and literacy.

If you like to support this project with a small donation, we will provide books for schools and students during our visit to Nepal in early February 2018.  LITERACY FOR NEPAL

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Father and Son Team up to make a difference. — The Asha Project

For Father and Son, Rotary is about much more than belonging to a humanitarian organization. It’s about making a difference in the world. “When you’re a part of Rotary, you’re really making a difference, both locally and internationally,” Dr. Maharjan said. “When you think about all the wonderful things Rotary has accomplished, who wouldn’t want […]

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Father and Son Team up to make a difference.

For Father and Son, Rotary is about much more than belonging to a humanitarian organization. It’s about making a difference in the world.

16683827_1133621256748972_2397031918646421442_n“When you’re a part of Rotary, you’re really making a difference, both locally and internationally,” Dr. Maharjan said. “When you think about all the wonderful things Rotary has accomplished, who wouldn’t want to be part of one of the most successful humanitarian organizations in history?”

Dr. Maharjan recently took the helm as president of the Branchburg Rotary for the 5th time. Dr. Maharjan is a charter member of the club, which started in 1988. It’s the first time a father and son have served as Rotary members in Somerset County, Dr. Maharjan said.

16864357_1133621136748984_393466964053984311_n“It was fun to be able to do those things together, and it’s nice now because we can bounce ideas off of one another,” Anil Maharjan said. They have already completed three humanitarian missions to Nepal. They are planning their 4th Humanitarian mission in early February 2018.

Anil Maharjan joined the E-club last year and this year he decided to join his father’s club. Anil is a CPA and graduate of the Babson College and works for the MarketSmith as a director of the Innovation. He believes in the Rotary’s service projects and all the impact they are making around the world with various Rotary Foundation’s matching grants.  Branchburg Rotary has just received $95,000 grant to implement a micro credit project in Nepal.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFather and Son team has been working on the Asha Project in Nepal to provide scholarships, micro credit and home building for the earthquake victims since the major earthquake in 2015.

Anil said Rotary sparked his interest after listening to his father always talking about various local and international projects his club has been involved for the past 29 years.

“We’re pretty good at raising money and giving money away to different organizations,” Anil said. “But I really like the hands-on service projects, where you can see you’re making a difference.”

“I would say one of the best things I ever did in my life was join the Rotary Club of Branchburg, because they’re just one of the most generous members I’ve ever known,” Dr. Maharjan said.

 

2017 Friendship Exchange Trip to Nepal

Seven Raritan Valley Community College students recently had a c

life-changing experience when they traveled to Nepal to distribute donated school supplies and engage in community projects.
The students, Amanda Greene (Lebanon), Daniel Hogan (Martinsville), Sebastian Gallic (Warren), Jenna Douglas (Bridgewater), Marcel Gorka (Lebanon), Ryan Galdamez (Bound Brook) and Manuel Ramirez (Bound Brook), are all members of the RVCC Rotaract Club. They traveled to the South Asian country January 4-17, 2017 carrying 250 pounds of school supplies, which they donated to four different schools in the region.
The supplies had been collected through fundraising efforts at the College in conjunction with the Hunterdon County YMCA aftercare program that’s located at the Whitehouse School.
While in Nepal, the students participated in Rotary community projects that included painting benches and walls. In conjunction with the ASHA (Nepali word for “Hope”) project, the students also helped rebuild homes for people who had lost their residences during the devastating 2015 earthquake.

 

 

 

As part of the trip, the students attended a Rotaract District Conference attended by 70 Rotaract groups from across Nepal. They also met with representatives of Rotary Nepal and other community groups; toured temples, caves and other areas; and hiked the region.
Club member Sebastian Gallic recalled an especially memorable experience meeting two young girls in an impoverished area of Nepal. The young girls, who did not speak much English, were filling approximately 20 bottles with fresh water from an outside tap. Watching their efforts, the RVCC students offered to help them with their task. Despite the language barriers, Gallic said assisting the girls was “one of the most impactful experiences, just being able to communicate human to human.”
RZ17PINAs members of the College’s Rotaract Club, students are given the opportunity to serve the community and learn about leadership, civic engagement and responsible citizenship. For additional information about Rotaract at RVCC, contact club advisor Nemanja (Nik) Nikitovic, Nemanja.Nikitovic@raritanval.edu.

If you are interested in traveling contact trm7510@gmail.com or visit http://www.theashaproject.com.