Marcel Gorka’s story.

15800641_1868817960020191_717243961947118815_oFrom a young age Marcel felt the need to help others. In the seventh grade he would volunteer at his church, becoming a tradition of service that continued through high school and into college. Now a graduate of the Raritan Valley Community College, who worked with children at the local YMCA. His studies and work augment the love of helping others.

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After a chance encounter with Dr. Tulsi, Marcel learned of a greater opportunity to impact the lives of others. Till now Marcel’s giving focused on his local community. Through the Friends of Nepal – NJ’s ASHA PROJECT, Marcel embarked on a journey to help those in need across the globe. Joining the Asha Project, he will help bring hope back to Nepal. ASHA , which means hope in Nepali, provides relief to people in Nepal by not only providing micro credit loans to hard working people throughout Nepal, but by organizing volunteers, like Marcel, to help rebuild homes destroyed in the massive 2015 earthquake. Most of the nation was affected and many people still need homes, and children desperately need schools. Marcel and the Asha Project will bring them much needed supplies for schools and homes.

Marcel took part in 2017 Humanitarian Mission to Nepal and made connections that will last a lifetime. As Marcel said, “I am very excited to go to Nepal and experience their rich culture, to see Mount Everest from a distance, and meet new and exciting people.”

The Asha Project is grateful to Marcel and our other volunteers for their commitment to improving the lives of people in Nepal. If you would like to contribute, like Marcel, please reach out to the Asha Project at http://www.theashaproject.org/contact.html to find out more about how you can make a difference.

Ryan Galdamez’s Story

First of all I want to say Thank you to everyone who hosted us. You guys did an amazing job of making us feel at home. I truly enjoyed my time in Nepal and I will absolutely take my family there one day.

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The Rotaract Club of New Road Pokhara members were awesome they did a great job of showing us the beautiful city of Pokhara. I was able to get very close to them because they were so loving and caring. One thing I learned from them was that they are very welling to help no matter in what way. For example they all were very aware of us and took care of us in whichever way they could. In Pokhara we did a lot; for example, the first two days we went to the 9th Rotaract Conference which was full of very talented young adults who are very willing to help the community. The next few days we went sightseeing, painting and delivered school supplies to a few schools. I remember giving the students the school supplies and the smile that came to their face really made me happy in the inside. I remember a quote I heard in Parbat by Antim Gurung and it stated, “You could go to a movie and have 3 hours of joy, but helping others is a happiness that will last a lifetime” and I truly believed those words. I also remember Hiking to the top of hill and seeing a big Buddha statue and then going up the stairs and seeing the whole city of Pokhara and my breath being taken away by the beauty of what I was seeing. Pokhara had so much to offer from a Five Star hotel to camping. The people that hosted us really did a great job of showing us what the city Pokhara really has to offer.

The last two days we stayed In Kathmandu with the Rotaract club of Rudramati. They also hosted us very good. I remember when we got there they took us to eat at a place where they order MoMo’s for us and they tasted very good and also sausage which was very good as well. They also took us to the Asha Project of the constructions of apartments and the painting of a park where many people go to hangout and have fun. I also remember eating where the construction site was and just seeing all the people there helping and doing a small part to help a city devastated by an earthquake two years ago. I also remember going to two schools and giving them schools supplies and they both received them with open arms. Kathmandu really showed me how close people get when there is devastation and no matter how bad the situation is life still goes on.

I learned a lot about myself in this trip because I was able to step out of my comfort zone and really engage with people I have never met before. But this trip really helped me come out of my shell and now I feel like I can take on any task put in front of me. Our friends from Kathmandu and Pokhara did such a great job of showing us Nepal that I feel like if I would have gone a lone and had done everything by myself I would have not experienced Nepal as I did with everyone that hosted us. This trip really made me appreciate what I have in my Country and because of this trip I was able to open my eyes to see what is really happening around the world. Now I have more motivation to help out our community and communities around the world because I know there is a lot of work to be done in order to get this world into shape.

The Asha project’s goal is to  help today’s youth to become a Global Citizen.
We have been supporting many schools in Nepal with scholarships, school building, books and supplies for underprivileged students in remote villages of Nepal. Students are getting opportunities to meet with students directly.  



In this project we are trying to provide opportunities to:
Broaden international understanding
Explore NEW CULTURE
Build enduring friendships
Establish a foundation for peace and greater understanding
Gain opportunities for active project involvement and support
Learn about a region’s people, food, languages, customs, and history
Finding partnership for new projects.

The Asha project’s goal is to  help today’s youth to become a Global Citizen.

Changing Lives one at a time

The Asha Project changes lives. Helping to rebuild homes and delivering school supplies impacts the people of Nepal immediately for the better. The Nepal Earthquake that struck Nepal in May, 2015 killed over nine thousand people, injured more than twenty-two thousand, and left hundreds of thousands of people homeless. Whole villages were leveled. The Asha Project works to help these people still struggling to rebuild.

More than reconstructing buildings, the project enriches lives by making connections between volunteers and those helped. The Friends of Nepal -Nj’s ASHA PROJECT organizes trips for people to participate in the GAP PROGRAM. While it sounds like a major endeavor, Americans traveling half-way around the globe to help people they never met, it is also something elegantly simple, one person easing the suffering of another.

Sebastian is one such person. He traveled to Nepal in 2017 to serve. While there Sebastian helped deliver school supplies. Many children now have a better chance of getting the quality education needed for them to succeed in life. Sebastian sowed the seeds for the future of Nepal. One of the highlights of his trip took place about an hour outside of Pokhara. The children waited hours in the hot sun waiting for over forty bags of school supplies. After waiting for hours the children looked weary. It was almost a test of endurance for them to sit there. 

Then the time came. A ceremony surrounded the gifting of each package to the children. As the ceremony started the fatigue dropped away and both children and parents perked up with renewed energy. The happiness and gratitude beamed from their faces. The ceremony varied from school to school but each reflected the joy and humble thanks for the aid. These moments resonated within Sebastian, enriching his life.

The connections made between Sebastian and the people he helped, in many ways, are more important than the supplies given out or the construction. The overwhelming kindness shown by people like Sujan Regmi, who helped organize the trip in Nepal, made the trip possible. Sujan performed every act with joy, from orchestrating where volunteers would eat to making sure they could attend church services. The warm welcomes made the service no work at all, but acts of love. 

As Sebastian put it,“We sat down and began waiting for the bus and occasionally snapped some pictures of the people around us. Two young girls began to fill around 20 empty liters full of water. After a few moments I joined in and began helping them. The one aspect of this act of kindness was that there was no formal thank you’s, no picture taking, no formal ceremony ( which were all good and healthy); just a human helping another human. This moment was why I went on the trip; I have found that on this trip the informal acts of kindness not recognized by all seemed to be the most impactful moments in my own life.”

The Asha Project brings people together to change lives. The help that volunteers give 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.

Goodwill Ambassadors of the Asha Project to visit Nepal

The Friends of the Asha Project team joined forces to take a “Global Action”, in January of 2016. Through the help of the Rotary Club of Branchburg and the Friends of Nepal-NJ, The Asha Project was able to raise funds to help many schools in Nepal to restore their buildings, purchase supplies, make technology upgrades, and provide a water supply.

Since 2015, after the major earthquake, we have planned four Humanitarian missions to Nepal and send two groups of Rotaract students to help the earthquake victims.

2018 Team members

Now, we are working with local schools to raise funds to build a school in Nepal and give opportunities for our students to learn about 21st-century life and career skills as well as to engage as active citizens in a dynamic global society and to successfully meet the challenges and opportunities of the 21st-century global village.

A tour to Nepal is always exciting, as you can have so many things to explore in this tiny country. You can immerse in the century-old temples in the medieval city squares of Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur; experience the breathtaking views of the Himalayas in a trekking tour to Annapurna  or other spectacular mountains in the Himalaya region. For wildlife and environmental lovers, exciting jungle safari at Chitwan National Park and their eco system is perfectly cut out, while a tour to Buddha’s birth place, Lumbini to learn about Buddha’s life and the development of Buddhism is an exciting venture.

Our 2019 Humanitarian Mission team of 6 will visit Kathmandu, Patan, Pokhara, Gorkha and Lumgung.  They will work in collaboration with Rotary District 3292’s Rotaract team and with their SAP projects.

If you like to support this 2019 Humanitarian Mission team members with school supplies, blanket distribution and others,  You can make a donation to our GOFundMe page.  or you can donate with the Asha Project.

With your SUPPORT, we can make lives better in our community and around the world. Please give the GIFT of HOPE today and together we can keep Doing Good in the World.