Mr. Ram Makalar, Founding President of the NPPA to be honored with the U.S. President’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Friends of Nepal- NJ and the Rotary club of Branchburg are proud to announce that 2021 The U.S. President’s Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Mr. Ram Malakar on November 20, 2021 during the 20th Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Dinner and Diversity Awards ceremony at the RVCC College in Branchburg, NJ.

The President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) is a civil award bestowed by the president of the United States. Established by executive order of President George W. Bush, the award honors volunteers that give hundreds of hours per year helping people in need.

“The purpose for the President’s Volunteer Service Award is to honor those who have volunteered thousands, if not tens of thousands of hours over their lifetime,” said Past Rotary District Governor Dr. Tulsi R. Maharjan of the Branchburg Rotary and President of the FONNJ. “Volunteers are the engine of every organization, community, state, and country. They truly help make a difference”.

According to Dr. Maharjan, “Mr. Malakar has found his passion, purpose and mission in his life. For the past 41 years, he has been organizing various nonprofit organizations to promote and preserve Nepali and Newari cultures as well as organizing various Nepali festivals and feeding hundreds of people each year”.

Dr. Maharjan said “41 years of incredible service to Washington DC metro area Nepalese community deserves an award. The Rotary Club of Branchburg and Friends of Nepal-NJ (FONNJ) will be presenting the US President’s Lifetime Achievement award of exemplary service to the community. Mr. Malakar has given over 41 years of his life serving and helping communities in Washington metropolitan area”. Please congratulate him if you see him and please share this post to celebrate his lifetime service to our community. Mr. Malakar was one of the founding fathers of the NPPA (Nepa Pasha Pucha Amerikaye) ( and past Presidents of the America Nepal Society and Nepalese Senior Group as well.

According to the NPPA past president Saroj Malakar “We are very happy to learn that my Dad is receiving this prestigious award and recognition from the United States President for his lifetime dedication to our community”.

Mr. Malakar was born in Thamel, Kathmandu and worked as a chef for many American Diplomats in Nepal and came to the United States in 1980 with American Diplomat as a personal chef. Since he arrived in Maryland, he has been welcoming and helping newly arrived Nepalese people in the area. Cooking is his passion and he has been inviting Nepalese community to his house for an authentic Nepali food to celebrate many Nepalese festivals. I also had a chance to learn few special Newari cooking lessons from him as well. He continues to share his knowledge and wisdom with many young people to promote and preserve Nepalese heritage in America. If your organization would like to hear his “Coming to America” story and his life’s opportunities and challenges, please contact FONNJ at If you like to attend the Dinner and Awards celebration, you can register here.

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