Bringing a Promise of HOPE for Shree Bhimshen Adarsa Madhamic School students in Barumchuli

It began 50 years ago, waiting for that day, when the Nepal Junior Red Cross gives out a “Small box of gift” from the USA. Every year in April, I used to wait for that day, to receive a small box of gift containing two pencils, erasers and few candies. That was, what I most wanted in the world.
“A Special Gift Box from America”


Now a day, when I visit Nepal, I reach into my backpack, and hand students with a pen, a pencil or a notebook, and see a wave of possibility washed over the student.

Dr. Tulsi R. Maharjan, Founding chair


Seeing a smile and brightened wide open eye is my sense of happiness. We see the profound power and promise brought through something as small as giving a pencil, a pen or a notebook. That is our ASHA project- A Promise of Hope and providing opportunities for less fortunate people.

ASHA means HOPE in Nepali language. It is amazing how a short, four letter word can represent so much. Asha means hope, and that is our purpose. To provide hope in all aspects of life by supporting initiatives that is run by the people of Nepal for the people of Nepal.

Guided by our Three pillars,

RAYS OF HOPE, LEGACY OF HOPE and HOMES OF HOPE,

We have been supporting projects that inspire a promise of hope for the people of Nepal.

During our recent visit to the श्री भिमशेन आदर्श माध्यामिक  Shree Bhimshen Adarsa Madhamic School in Barumchuli: We met many smart, focused, and friendly students. Being poor in Nepal, their families are not not able to provide them with many luxuries, they are determined to get better education and become someone. With support from the ASHA PROJECT and partnership between the #ROTARY Foundation and ONE STEP FOR CHANGE,

THEIR next goal is simple: become the greatest teacher, social workers,police etc in Nepal.

Rotaract students from RAC Manohara, Babarmahal and Rudramati visited the school and conducted essay contest ” WHAT I WANT TO BE WHEN I GROW UP”.


Over the last 28 years, we have visited many village schools in Nepal, handing out thousands of pens and pencils across many districts in Nepal. These pencils, these small pieces of potential, led to powerful conversations with local parents and children across countless languages. These are the guidelines on which ASHA Project was founded in April 2015 after the earthquake in Nepal.


In the process, we have learned a lot. We’ve learned that education is a living, breathing entity that with the right nurturing evolves into something spectacular. We’ve learned that every piece of its growth is a challenge and that each pencil, each dollar, each supporter is essential. The ASHA Project is now a national movement of passionate individuals, many of which are the most dynamic and impactful leaders we have ever seen. They are committed to supporting a world with greater educational opportunity for all. Thousands have joined us, making contributions through acts both large and small.


We fundamentally believe that a day will come in our lifetimes when every single child will have access to a quality education, meaningful employment through micro credit loans and a well managed community. We will continue to work tirelessly in breaking down the restraints of today to enable the possibilities of tomorrow for the children and families in Nepal.

MAKING A DIFFERENCE AWARD

The “Making A Difference Community Service Award” was presented to the ASHA PROJECT to honor the organization for making a significant contributions to the people of Nepal through their time, actions, talents and dedication

The ASHA PROJECT was selected for being a role model for compassion, and service and be striving to make the world a better place. The Asha Project has been mobilizing passionate young volunteers from various Rotaract clubs in Nepal to help their own communities with funding, advice and partnership with others organizations.

 According to the Immediate Past President of the RC Rudramati  Jyoti Poudel “ The Asha Project was selected for this award for consistently demonstrating qualities of compassion, and service to our local communities mobilizing variety of volunteer activities since the earthquake in Nepal”.

The Asha Project has invested more than $150,000 in the micro credit project, $50,000 in educational scholarships and school supplies distribution and $50,000 in community development project so far since the earthquake.  According to the Asha Project coordinator Mr. Kishore Tripathi and Executive Director of the ONE STEP FOR CHAGE, “The first Educational scholarship was established in 1992 in collaboration with the Rotary club of Patan, which provides more than 300 scholarships each year. The most recent educational scholarship agreement was signed with the Rotary Club of Patan West to establish $100,000 scholarships to provide educational opportunities for remote village students.  The Asha Project also helped to set up a science lab at the Bal Kumari school in Sunakothi with the help of the Rotary club of Branchburg and the America Nepal Friendship Society of New York.  

को हुन् उषा महर्जन ?

साउन १५ ,काठमाडौँ। ८८  वर्ष अगाडि नेपालमा जन्मेकी उषा महर्जन पुल्चोककै सबैभन्दा प्रिय र सम्मानित व्यक्ति बन्नेछिन सायदै कसैले सोचेको थियो होला। यति मात्र भन्दा तपाई को मनमा प्रश्न आउन  सक्छ , को हुन् उषा महर्जन? ?कसरी  लोकप्रिय र सम्मानित बनिन ?

आज हामी यिनै प्रश्न को उत्तर र उषा महर्जन को जीवनी लाइ समेट्न गइ रहेका छौं। बुबा लोक बिक्रम शाह र आमा रति देबी महर्जनको कोख बाट  १९९० असार मा जन्मिएकी उषा महर्जन एक खुला हृदय कि महिला थिइन्।  आफु मात्र गरूँ , आफु मात्र खाउँ  र आफु मात्रै लाउँ  भन्ने आजको यो स्वार्थी संसार मा म मात्र होइन मसंगै मैले धेरै लाई  अघि बढ्न सहयोग र साथ् दिनुपर्छ भन्ने सोचाई  राख्ने महिला थिइन उनि !

उनि पुलचोकको अनौपचारिक मेयर थिइन भन्दा फरक नपर्ला । उनी समुदाय र परिवारको आधारस्तम्भ थिइन। उनी शिक्षित थिइनन , तर अरुलाई शिक्षित बनाउन आफु बाट  हुनसक्ने सक्दो सहयोग गर्थिन । उनि महान थिइन , गरिब , दुखि ,मेहेनती सबैको मर्म लाई  आफ्नो मर्म बनाएर संधै नै लोक को सेवा मा , समाज  सेवा मा तत्पर उषा आज हामि बीच छैनन् , उषा को आशा को दियो अब रहेन , आज धेरै मानिसहरु अभिभावक बिहिन महशुस गरिरहेका छन्। तर उषा ले जजसको जीवन मा दियो बालेर गएकी छिन त्यो दियो कहिले निभ्ने छैन , यो त सम्झना को दियो हो ,निराशापछि को  आशा को दियो हो , कसैले पनि उनलाई चाहेर पनि आफ्नो मन र मस्तिस्क बाट  निभाउन सक्दैन ! उनि ति  सबै मनमा जीवित छिन , जसलाई सहयोग गरेर उनले  नयाँ  जीवन जिउन सिकाइन , जसको जीवन कोपिला बाट  फुल बन्न सक्यो , असक्षम  बाट  सक्षम बन्न सक्यो , उदास बाट  उत्साही बन्न सक्यो। 

कुल नारायण महर्जन संग बिवाह गरेकी उषाका  दुई छोराहरु रहेका छन् ,शालिकराम  महर्जन र तुलसी राम महर्जन !कान्छा छोरा  तुलसी राम लाई  अध्ययन का लागि अमेरिका पठाएर , जेठो छोरो  शालिक राम का साथ त्यो समय मा चाइना छिरेकी थिइन् उनि !

 उनि आफु शिक्षा बाट  टाढा रहे पनि आफ्ना सन्तान को शिक्षा मा कहिले बाधा व्यवधान आउन  दिईनन ।निडर थिइन्  उनि , हिम्मतिली थिइन्  र अरुलाई हिम्मत दिन सिपालु थिइन्। 

उनको प्रशंसक  असंख्य छन् , समुदाय मा धेरै को लागी उनी एक सल्लाहकार थिइन ।  उनले धेरै शिक्षा बाट वञ्चित बच्चाहरूलाई सेन्ट जेभियर स्कूलमा पढ्न मद्दत गरिन ।

रोटरी मा पनि प्रख्यात थिइ न उषा ! यद्यपि उनी एक रोटेरियन थिइनन् ।रोटरी मा पनि उनका निर्णय सम्मान का साथ सुनिन्थ्ये ! बच्चा , बृद्ध , युवा  सबै मा छाप  छाड्न सफल उषाले हामि सबै लाइ छाडेर गइ सकेकी छन् तर हाम्रो मन बाट आफ्नो याद , माया , सम्मान लाई  हामिबाट  लिएर जान सकिनन्। 

उनको अनुपस्थिति ले दुख त दिएको छ उनको परिवार लाई  तर आज उनको परिवार उनको  जीवन र विरासतलाइ  मनाइ रहेको छ। उनको परिवार ले उनकै मन पर्ने बिद्यालय  सेन्ट जेभियर स्कूलमा छात्रवृत्ति सिर्जना गरेर उनको जीवन र विरासत मनाउने निर्णय गरेको हो  ।जीवन मरण त संसार को एक नियम हो , तर धेरै कम को मृत्यु खास बन्छ , उत्सब मनाउन  योग्य बन्छ , आशु संगै आफ्ना प्रति गर्व महशुस गर्न लायक बनाउँछ  र जुनी जुनी सम्म अमर रहन्छ !