STORY BY ADYA JHA
Hope has the power to move people. Hope has changed the course of history, and millions of lives. The magic of hope is what we are looking to spread here with the ASHA PROJECT in cooperation with the Rotary International District 7475 and the Friends of Nepal-NJ. Using our three pillars, HOMES OF HOPE, RAYS OF HOPE, and LEGACY OF HOPE, we are determined to spread the idea of a brighter, more prosperous, and stronger future.
ASHA PROJECT was originally founded in 2015 in response to the Nepal earthquake which left thousands dead, but our mission extended much before that. Starting from a small $500 donation in 1992, we have provided thousands of dollars in scholarships and have helped build places of hope such as science labs, libraries and water projects. In addition to that, we have loaned more than $150,000 in micro credit loans in Nepal, along with countless donations.
“Seeing a smile and brightened wide open eye is my sense of happiness. I see the profound power and promise brought through something as small as giving a pencil, a pen or a notebook”.Dr. Tulsi R. Maharjan, Founding President of the Asha Project
Almost as important as hope, is the importance of education. It is every child’s right to receive an education, which in turn increases hope. ASHA PROJECT has distributed hundreds of thousands of pens and pencils to symbolize opportunity. The power of learning and information creates the leaders of tomorrow.
To this day, ASHA PROJECT has been persistent in spreading the message of hope to everyone. This is our biggest ambition, and we will work to break down the barriers and spread the idea of hopefulness and optimism to everyone across Nepal.
“It is amazing how a short, four letter words can represent so much. ASHA means HOPE in Nepali, and that is our purpose. I would like to personally thank you for being a part of team. Your support for the ASHA PROJECT has transformed the lives of not just individuals, but entire communities, empowering them with the tools to break the cycle of poverty”.Dr. Maharjan
“What will really stick with me for the rest of my life are the youth leaders. They are such an inspiration to me and I can only imagine the great things they will accomplish in their lives. When you think about the ripple effect that will have, you really start to feel a sense of the scale of what is being accomplished by our ASHA PROJECT.”
Dr. Tulsi R. Maharjan, Founder, the Asha Project