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.

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