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.

 

Building Friendship and Fellowship in Nepal

 

Winding along the bumpy and dusty roads from Kusma to Durlum court in Parabat, Nepal with our ASHA PROJECT volunteers and supporters from the Rotaract and Rotary Club of Parbat and Youth group, we learned lot about our friends in Nepal.  But as we walked to the top of the Durlum court, we got a first glimpse of the village’s welcoming committee, from old ladies to young school children were lined up with their national flower to welcome us.

 

It was a very impressive entourage for the village to welcome us to the Durlum court. As the bus load of volunteers and The ASHA team reached to the top all the villagers were waiting for our arrival for a whole hour.  By the time we reached the entrance of the Durlum Court, the entire villagers had assembled to welcome us.

For the last two years we have distributed goats to poor families so that they have some income for their holiday spending and have some milk for the kids.  This goat project is sponsored by the Rotary club of Hamilton in District 7510. It has been a wonderful and fulfilling experience for our team members.

 

It has been our privilege and honor to be part of this great charity event. I would like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to Durlung Court Management Committee, Rotary and Rotaract Clubs of Parbat and Soch Samuha Parbat for arranging the program, In particular, I would like to thank the youth coordinator of the Soch Samuha Nepal and Rotaract memember Mr. Antim Gurung and Members of Rotary Club of Parbat and Rotaract club of Parbat for their great friendship and fellowship.

 

 

 

WHAT IS ON YOUR BUCKET LIST?

As part of the 2018-19 District International Humanitarian project, we are planning to build two schools for the earthquake victims in Nepal. All your contributions will be matched 3.5x’s by Rotary International and receive Paul Harris credit.
Opportunities are available to go to Nepal to help rebuild homes and schools in mid February 2019. Please let us know, if you are interested. This will be your opportunity to fulfill your BUCKET LIST.

THE ASHA PROJECT TEAM.

2018-19 International Humanitarian Project to build two Schools for the Earthquake Victims and visit Nepal in Mid February 2019.

http://www.theashaproject.org

Legacy of Hope: OUR MICRO CREDIT PROJECT

 

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.

During our recent Humanitarian mission we allocated $100,000 funds to various  NGO’s to distribute to earthquake effected areas.  With this program we hope to provide loans to more than 300 people a year.

If you like to learn more about our project in Nepal visit http://www.theashaproject.org

NAMASTE.