The Friends of Nepal-NJ and the Asha Project has been working in Nepal with Rotaract students since 2010. We have supported many Rotaract leadership programs in Nepal.
We are encouraged to see that many Rotaract students have become the next generation of do-gooders and have continued to make a difference in their communities. Our investment is paying off. Now, we have many volunteers in Nepal who are willing to help with our projects.
I would like to introduce our newest Goodwill Ambassador, Mr. Chandra Bhakta Adhikari, who was born and raised in a small village in Nangin, a remote place in Pachanthar, eastern district in Nepal. He excelled in his studies at his local school, however he had to walk to school for an hour from his home every day.
He was determined to obtain his high school degree. With the assistance and encouragement of his village and family, he went to Shree Adarsh High School in Ilam to study for his higher education. While living in Ilam for 3 years, he learned about Rotary and Rotaract clubs’ humanitarian service projects and got interested in joining such a club.
Chandra came to Kathmandu to complete his higher education and make new friends. While attending college in Kathmandu he met with Resh Raj Pokhrel, who was preparing to start the Rotaract Club of Sukedhara and Chandra decided to join the club. That was the beginning of his journey towards Rotary’s motto “Service Above Self”. As Rotary President in 1992 – 1993, Clifford L. Dochterman reminded us, “Real Happiness Is Helping Others,”
While he was working as a member of the Sukedhara Rotact club, I had the opportunity to work with Chandra on several projects and even visited his hometown and schools. While driving from Biratnagar airport to Pachanthar, we stopped in many places and get to meet with his friends and Rotaract colleagues.
He is very conscientious and always friendly. I have found him to be a person of impeccable integrity, who is always looking for ways in which to help others. He is very personable and dedicated to his work.
Last year he completed more than 5 community projects and collaborated with many Rotaract clubs to make them successful. Volunteering his free time in various projects conducted by the Asha Project has given Chandra many opportunities to grow as an individual at the same time helping the community at large.
I am confident that he will flourish in all his endeavors. I am very happy to appoint Chandra as a Goodwill Ambassador of the Asha Project for the years 2022-24. All the best wishes Chandra.