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