2020-21 IMPACT REPORT

OUR MISSION:
Our mission is to transform lives by promoting Health, Education and Women’s Empowerment. Our primary objective is to help people reach their highest potential.

Thank you so much for making our 2021 Year such an amazing success! It was heartwarming to have so much support.

In order to ensure that FONNJ’s Asha Project remains vibrant, strong and ready to offer more fabulous programs in the coming seasons, please consider making a gift today to the LEGACY CIRCLE at WWW.FONNJ.COM/DONATION.
Your generosity will be rewarded many times over as we work together, time after time, year after year to help people reach their highest potential.

A project of different scale.

Scheer Memorial Hospital is a 150-bed general community hospital at Banepa. While offering a variety of medical services, the hospital prioritizes treating women, children, and the needy.
Most of their equipment is outdated and with this $40,000 project we hope to;
1.Upgrade the emergency department and,
2.Train staff in using the new equipment.
Thanks to a Rotary grant our $3000 investment will receive a 15-fold benefit.

Computer Lab for Prisoners
In 2020, we set up two computer labs, costing $15,000, to train incarcerated people in IT. The computer project is in Dang. It is a collaboration with Dhulikhel Rotary Club.

Serving 30 years of Humanitarian Service in Nepal


The Goat Project 2020

With the Goat Project, we provide women with goats, along with plants for fodder, access to group savings & micro-credit, basic literacy, and gender equity training.
Goats are relatively inexpensive to raise. Before sale, they provide these women with milk for their children. As their herds increase, the women gift animals to others in need. Thus, they give forward their gifts from us.
We have raised $10,000 and received a grant of $43,000 from Rotary International Global which has enabled us to give 100 goats to 50 women across the district. We aim to reach 1,000 women in 10 districts by 2030.

By Numbers:
We have given micro-loans totaling $215,000 since 2002
Helped 10,000 women start businesses
Trained 1,250 in personal finance & animal husbandry
We run a Goat Farming Project in 10 districts


“Villagers will have a GIVING DAY CELEBRATION (to give forward their gift)”

Dr. Tulsi R. Maharjan

PAD PROJECTS

No matter how modern we become, the natural bleeding process (menstruation) in women is still considered taboo in Nepal; many students miss their school during this time. This taboo has resulted in students missing school, as well as women dying from exposure because they are forced to remain outdoors. This special project will take palces in different parts of the county.


The RotaAsha Library Project:
The RotaAsha Library Project at Dolkha Community School is a fine example of the projects we have take up. In it, we joined hands with the Rotaract Club of Sukedhara.
Dolkha is about 60 mi from Kathmandu. With our financial support, the Rotaract Clubs of Sukhedhara and Baneshore donated 1,176 books to the community school at the Hari Kirtan Basic School.

Pictures from the Library project

Indigenous Community


This year, we are helping the Dumsi Darai Village of Tanahun District with chicken farming, Covid-19 protection materials. The Darai are a marginalized ethnic group. They depend on agriculture and fishing; and suffer from low literacy and poverty.
In January 2021, we distributed 150 chicken to villagers. According to founder-chairman Dr. Maharjan, “Villagers will have a GIVING DAY CELEBRATION (to give forward their gift). This way the community will learn how caring and sharing are essential for development.”
As part of the Indigenous Community Economic Development project, we hope to distribute more chickens, develop a bee project in the village as well as promote their homestay (hospitality) business and school programs.

2020-2021 PROJECTS CONDUCTED IN NEPAL

  • “Economic Empowerment of Indigenous Women” Projects – $2,000.00
  • Food Distribution Projects – $1,000.00
  • Library Project – $1000
  • Goat Project in Dhulikhel – $2,000.00 (Rotary Grant for $40,000)
  • Computer Project in Dang at the Prison library- $2,000 (Rotary Grant for $15,000)
  • Banepa Hospital Project $3000 (Rotary matching grant for $40,000)
  • 3 Health Projects – Helping youth group with hygiene pads and educational programs- $2,000.00
  • 100 Scholarships for minority students – $2,000.00
  • 25 schools -Distribution of books, bags and copies – $3,000.00
  • Microloan redistribution (Rotary grant $95,000)

PLEASE KINDLY SEND YOUR CONTRIBUTION FOR THE 2022 THE LEGACY CIRCLE MEMBERSHIP.

We believe, all of us must embrace the innate source of compassion within us to make a difference in our community and in our homeland. The Asha Project’s mission is to “help the underprivileged people of Nepal to rebuild their lives and renew their hope.”

The Asha Project calls for action to bring more compassion to the forefront of our lives and provide hope and opportunities for poor in Nepal. Thanks to our LEGACY CIRCLE members for putting Altruism in Action by helping the people of Nepal.

In 2022, we are planning to conduct projects for more than $75,000 worth in Nepal to help people reach their highest potential.

You can mail your check, made payable to Friends of Nepal-NJ, to

FONNJ
P.O. Box 5015
Somerville, NJ 08876

Or you can pay it with the PayPal at this link
https://www.fonnj.com/donate/


Thank you for your continued support for our projects in Nepal.

My reflection on “World Peace Day – May Peace Prevail on Earth.”

By: Ritee Karmacharya

YOUTH COUNCIL MEMBERS WITH ASSEMBLYWOMEN

Our 15th Annual International Day of Peace Celebration will take place on September 24, 2022. Please join us. This is a collaborative project of the Somerset County Cultural Diversity Coalition and many community organizations. If you like to be a sponsor of this event, please let us know. http://www.sccdiversity.com

This is a prayer we each chanted into a microphone while waving all the flags of the world in the air at an annual International Peace Day event organized by the FONNJ (Friends of Nepal New Jersey), Rotary District 7475, Somerset County Cultural Diversity Coalition and the New Jersey Buddhist Vihara.

People said the prayer in any language they preferred. Whether someone said it in English, in Spanish, in French, in Chinese, in Hindi, in Nepali, or any other language, it ultimately means the same thing. “May peace prevail”. These three simple words that convey a powerful message for everyone who participated in this event. This prayer is a vision and a powerful tool for healing our people, our states, our countries, our planet, our universe, and most importantly, our minds.

PEACE DAY Celebration 2016


“The main reason a “World Peace Day” celebration is to bring people of all races together as one and share the unique attributes of each country. There were a variety of performances presented during the event; the singing of national anthems, reciting prayers of different religions, singing songs in different languages, and many other distinctive portrayals”.

Dr. Tulsi R. Maharjan

Participants also had an opportunity to taste food from around the world. A mixture of different foods, ranging from Italian dishes to Indian sweets. Everyone had a chance to light a candle to pray for the world. A peace walk was also arranged in the event. Dr. Maharjan struck a Tibetan Singing Bowl while everyone took a silent walk in the woods. The walk was a way to release all the tensions that you were holding, to let it all go and be in a peace of mind.


The Mayor of the Franklin Township, New Jersey also attended the event and presented proclamation to create the Franklin township “Peace Zone”. He declared the day to be World Peace Day annually in the city.


After the walk, each person attending the event was given a flag of a country and everyone walked three circles around the large statue of Lord Buddha. There was a flag for every country in the world. As everyone walked around, each person spoke a prayer for peace into a microphone. They were free to speak in any language of their preference. This celebration helped people relax and try to come at peace in their minds and with each other. This gave people time to think about their well-being and others around them.


I really enjoyed this event because it was free of stress or worry. It was a lot of fun seeing all the different performances by different cultures and trying diverse foods. I also had a chance to plant a tree in the Buddhist Vihara. With the help of my grandfather, we planted a tree in the beautiful garden. It was a very enjoyable experience for me, and I really loved this event. I would definitely recommend going to this event next year.


There should be more events like this more often around the world to spread peace and harmony to all.

YOUTH COUNCIL’S LATEST PROJECT IS OUR ‘PEACE GARDEN PROJECT – PICTURES FROM 2022 VOLUNTEER DAY


-Ritee Karmacharya is a youth editor of the Friends of Nepal-NJ. http://www.fonnj.com

The ASHA PROJECT-Nepal conducts Reusable Pad project in rural communities.

No matter how modern we become, the natural bleeding process (menstruation) in women is still considered taboo in Nepal; many students miss their school during this time. This taboo has resulted in, as well as women dying from exposure because they are forced to remain outdoors.

The Asha Project, in collaboration with the Rotaract Club of Damak, Sukhedhara and Rudramati-Babar Mahal, conducted training classes on menstruation hygiene and distributing reusable sanitary pads free of charge to the community people. Women groups were trained on how to make environmentally friendly sanitary pads. This project will allow the Nepali women to make their own pads. Many local students are not able to purchase sanitary pads and miss school during their period.


The major goal of these projects were to break the myth that women are untouchable during their period and provide knowledge about menstruation and make them mentally, physically and economically strong.

We have projects running in Illam, Jhapa, Nuwakot, Sindhupalchok.
We need your support to continue and expand these projects all over Nepal.

Thank you Sapana Kandangwa (Limboo), President of the Damak Rotaract Club, Rotary District 3292 -Nepal), Chandra Bhakta Adhikari, Sukhdhara Rotaract club, Kishore Tripathi, Rudramati Rotary club for coordinating these projects in various parts of rural Nepal.

Also, thanks to Rotaract club members for their dedication and service to the needy people of Nepal.

If you like to support these projects, you can send a donation payable to FONN and mail it to:

Friends of Nepal-NJ
P.O. Box 5015
Somerville, NJ 08876

In search of the Next Generation of Do-Gooders – Chandra Bhakta Adhikari


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.

Photo Essay – Special Projects of 2021

GIFT OF HOPE FOR NEPAL -Health Camps, School supplies, Sports items distribution and Micro credit Projects in celebration of the 30th Anniversary.

Sidhupalchok School by Rotaract club of Rudramati

Rotaract club of Damak – Health Camp

Riksha for unemployed day worker to support his family

Rotaract club of Sukhedhara – Dhading school Project

Shailesh Kumar Dahal Memorial Scholarship

Micro Credit Project and community assessment with Daria community.

Sports Equipment and School supplies distribution at the Bal Bikas school in Kani Bahal, Patan in partnership with the ALL4BALL -Sports for the youth

Bal Kumari School sports and Scholarship distribution.

Gorkha School

Support our projects visiting

https://www.fonnj.com/how-you-can-help/join-our-legacy-circle/

Thank you.

Gift of Hope for Nepal – Altruism in action

Altruism is the bedrock of a healthy society. The Asha Project in collaboration with Rotary, Rotaract and Friends of Nepal NJ completed more than 30 projects last year 2021, putting the Altruism in Action.

“Economic Empowerment of Indigenous Women” Projects – Total Budget $3,500.00

 Food Distribution Projects – Total $1,000.00

 Library Project – $1000.00

•Goat Project in Dhulikhel – $2,000.00 (Rotary Grant for $40,000)

•Computer Project in Tulsipur Dang at the Prison library- $2,000 (Rotary Grant for $15,000)

•Banepa Hospital Project $3000 (Rotary matching grant for $36,000)

3 Health Projects – Helping youth group with hygiene pads and educational programs- Total Budget $2,000.00 

•Scholarships for minority students – $2,000.00

•Distribution of books, bags and copies – $3,000.00

We believe, all of us must embrace the innate source of compassion within us to make a difference in our community and in our homeland. The Asha Project’s mission is to “help the underprivileged people of Nepal to rebuild their lives and renew their hope.”

To actualize compassion, we need to transform our pessimism into optimism; connect to the deeper purpose of our passion; expand our communities to create more belonging; and be intentionally present with ourselves and others.  With your small contribution, we have been able to do a lot with the help of many organizations, Rotary and Rotaract support.

Our Rotaract members who are all “ordinary people” doing an “extraordinary work” in Nepal—brave young people doing heroic acts of kindness and compassion, every day in the simplest of ways. We would like to thank them for their time, talent and dedication in helping with our projects in Nepal.

The Asha project calls for action to bring more compassion to the forefront of our life and provide hope and opportunities for poor people in Nepal. Thanks to our LEGACY CIRCLE members for putting Altruism in Action by helping poor people in Nepal.

One of our outreaches focuses on the empowerment of girls and women because they are often the most vulnerable in our country to becoming victims of discrimination and exploitation. To combat this, the Asha Project has several programs to empower girls and women through a combination of education, training, and care.

Our mission is to transform lives by promoting Health, Education and Women empowerment. Primary objective is to help people reach the highest potential.

So, what does Altruism mean to you? How is Altruism an alive presence in your life? Do you create more joy for others? In what ways are you a compassionate person?

Without our New Jersey Nepali diaspora with generous heart and compassion, our projects would not have been possible. Thanks to all our Legacy circle members for their financial help.

Let’s put our Altruism in Action and make a difference in the lives of those who are less fortunate than us and provide hope and opportunities for many years to come.

Anil Maharjan: A Young Professional Change Maker 2015

Anil Maharjan: A Young Professional Change Maker Year 2015

A typical busy professional, 23-years-old Anil Maharjan juggles his work with PwC being an Auditor and with various extracurricular activities, such as playing soccer with his office team, helping to set up a youth program and running cross-country. What sets Anil apart from other young professionals is his passion for helping others. From an early age Anil enrolled with the local boys scout and have worked with many community projects to do volunteer work. Now, he continues his volunteer work at full-blast.

When Anil learned about the plight of the Nepali people following the earthquake in April, he wanted to something. He began a digital fundraiser through FONNJ with the idea that any amount he could raise would help to build houses in Nepal. He worked with his friends to help to create the Homes of Hope- Nepal Project to build 1000 homes and provide $100,000 dollars worth of micro loan project as well as set up an open library system in Nepal where more than 100,000 students are displaced.

Anil is taking one month sabbatical from the PricewaterhouseCoppers to go to Nepal in March of 2016 to help build houses and set up other logistics to help Nepalese people. There are more than 500,000 houses being destroyed, 1 million children without school and 2.8 million people displaced in April earthquake. He plans to continue and expand his campaign for Nepal Relief, to provide aid to the Nepalese people as they rebuild their lives. Please visit http://www.theashapproejct.org to learn and support the project.

As of 2021, we have completed more than $500,000 worth of projects in Nepal in cooperation with various Rotary clubs and with the support from the Friends of Nepal-NJ.

My First Dashai Celebration in New Jersey.

By: Aaraju Adhikari

First Dashain away from Nepal, the best time to feel homesick. The only good I could think about this year’s Dashain was thankfully, it was on a Saturday. I opened my eyes the Dashain morning and as I got off my bed, I remembered the times when I used to wake up with the aroma of fresh fini and sel roti spreading through the house. I’d be so excited to show-off my newly bought clothes and receive my dakshina. I think it probably is every Nepali’s favorite time of the year. 

Dashain feels empty when you don’t get to put tika with the same people you used to, every year. When the entire family celebrates back in Nepal, sends you pictures and skypes with you, and you don’t really feel those festive vibes in this foreign land. I was so jealous of the people back in Nepal, who got their long Dashain vacation and got to travel to their hometowns and celebrated with their families and loved ones. Scrolling through Facebook and Instagram certainly did not help. 

Dashain is not just about “khasi ko masu” or “sel roti” or “loads of dakshina”. Most importantly, it is about being with your family and spending quality time together, exchanging stories and laughters. I missed my grandfather’s long ashirwad as he named all the Gods he could possibly remember. I missed my cousins with whom, at the end of the day, I’d count all the money we’d have gotten and see who received the most. I missed my aunt’s handmade “aloo ko achar”, which I could never get enough of. 

Early in the morning, I got nostalgic and wished I was back in Nepal having my morning tea with sel roti. I really didn’t have any expectations for this Dashain out in this faraway land. The plan for the day was to visit some Nepali families and celebrate with them, which to be honest, I wasn’t very excited about. But to my surprise, people despite their busy schedule, celebrated the festival so beautifully and with all the required rituals. I could see women dressed in their traditional attires, everyone’s forehead filled with akchheta and different food items filled the large table with the tastes that reminded me of home.

As I experienced my first Dashain in America, I came to know that the Nepalese living here know how important our culture and traditions are, and value it even more, as they are away from home. The Nepali communities had even hosted Dashain parties for all the Nepalese to join in and celebrate their grandest festival, together. And it made me feel so proud to see their Dashain spirit as they presented performances depicting our diverse culture. 

Maintaining your culture when moving to another country can be difficult, in particular, if you’ve been trying to immerse yourself into the new culture to adjust to your new community. But it’s important to know that just because you’re adapting to a new culture doesn’t mean you need to let go of your own. Balancing both worlds is important because your culture and traditions define who you are, and that is and always should be a part of you. Even though we’re miles and miles away from home, I hope that by teaching younger ones of Nepal’s traditions, we would be able to keep this spirit alive and it would carry on through the generations to come. 

Providing Hope and Opportunities – Shree Bal Kumari Secondary School Scholarship Success Stories.

Written by Medha Joshi and Krishna Prasad Sharma As part of our 30th Anniversary of the Nepal project we are highlighting some success stories.


Jyoti Maharjan and Niraj Maharjan are two of the four siblings who came from a modest family background. They share their experiences about how the Rotary – Friends of Nepal-NJ scholarship they received in school changed their life.

The eyes of Jyoti Maharjan shine when she says how happy she feels to teach dancing to students. She works at a finance company and runs a dance center and tuition center in her free time. But she hadn’t always been this way. She recalls her school days, “We felt uncomfortable when we couldn’t see our exam results after failing to clear our exam dues.” She further shares how her sister felt embarrassed when she couldn’t afford the school fees, “My sister went to the school to give exams but she was stopped at the gate as she hadn’t cleared her dues. She had to lose a year of school as a result. Being the eldest she was mature enough to understand and feel the humiliation of not being able to pay the school fees”. Jyoti recalls how hard it was before when she along with her four siblings were enrolled at the school and none of them got scholarships. She tells us how she used the money she got from the Rotary-Friends of Nepal-NJ to pay her own and her brother’s exam fees. She shares how she didn’t have to ask her parents for money to buy stationeries. She was supported from Class 6 to 10 and passed her SLC in 2064.


After teaching students for six years she started working at a finance company. The catastrophic earthquake of 2072 brought down her house. So the steady income she had before is now spent on paying the loan interest she took for rebuilding her house. She says, “Life isn’t easy even now. It’s hard to meet the financial obligations but the scholarship we received in school has helped us to face life’s challenges now.”

Her brother, Niraj Maharjan got the scholarship a year later and was supported from Class 5 to 10. He shares, “The scholarship helped me to study. With the money I got, I used to buy study materials, stationeries, pay exam fees, use as pocket money and make small savings. I used my savings for social work.” As of now he has taken training on electrification from CTEVT. He is happy to use his skills for arranging electrical wiring in his newly built home. He also shares his love for social work demonstrated by his involvement in social projects since his school days. Even now he works actively in the club that these siblings had cofounded. He shares, “The club has organized different programs and events involving adult literacy, skill building and competitions for children.”
When asked about the importance of scholarship support to school students he advocates, “Such scholarships should be continued to support people with less resources. Such scholarships will continue to play an instrumental role to provide support to children who’ve come to the valley from far off parts of the country in search of a better education, a better living.”
Both of the Maharjan siblings are very thankful to their scholarship sponsors. They have a Bachelors degree now. With their joint incomes these siblings pay the loan interests and send their sister to a boarding school. They share that they will also look for chances to go abroad to earn money to clear the home loan. They suggest that such scholarships should also be available at the college and university levels. Sharing their own experiences they say, “We wanted to become lawyer and engineer ourselves but we had to study business at the college level due to our limited financial resources. We want to suggest that these kinds of scholarships should also be available at the college level. So students will be able to study what they are truly passionate about.” An hour of conversation with these siblings was enough to figure how optimistic they were about life. They shared that they wouldn’t give up and continue to face life’s challenges as they come.

Since 1998 we have been supporting the Bal Kumari School with Building project, computer lab, science lab, sports camps and annual scholarships at the school.

PARTNERSHIP with PURPOSE: Ending Hunger in our community

It is true that Partnering with Purpose works because we have many projects which we are collaborating with other organizations rather than competing with each other. At the moment many communities are facing complex challenges and find convoluted, redundant systems of services and organizations to be discouraging. We, the Rotary club of Branchburg, with motto of “SERVICE ABOVE SELF” decided to utilize the kitchen at the Bound Brook Presbyterian church to cook our food and then we found out that the church was also giving out food for food insured individuals in the community so we decide to work with them to engage in a meaningful, coordinated partnership and the final result has been excellent.

THE HUNGER IS REAL and the need is great. Every small donation counts. We have been successful due to our connection and partnership with many local organizations.

COVID Hunger Project


The Rotary Club of Branchburg has been distributing fresh food as well as cooked meals at the Presbyterian church in Bound Brook for community people who lacks transportation to receive food from the Somerset Food Bank. Rotary Club of Branchburg has been working on Hunger project for more than 5 years. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic food insecurity has increased in our community. This is particularly true for households with young children. We realized that Bound Brook’s resident community was not able to receive food due to lack of transportation said club president Jody Dipine. In addition, many fellow Branchburg Rotarians are delivering weekly food donations to the Lamont School Bound Brook food kitchen, St. John’s church in Somerville and Senior center in Somerville as well.


Knowing that the community has many families that are struggling, due to conditions brought on by COVID-19, the Rotary Club wanted to do more for our community. The club has already donated more than $100,000 worth of food from various food drives and food collocation from local food stores.


With the support of our club’s members and award winning chef Jim McGrady has been cooking food ever since early February to feed more than 500 people each week. Our new fresh food distribution on Sundays feed more than 350 people each week.

According to Joe Horner, member of the Branchburg Rotary club, “We are happy to be able to distribute fresh food to our local needy people. The food distribution at the Bound Brook Presbyterian Church from 1 to 2 pm draws more than 100 families each week. We would like to continue this project, but your support is urgently needed to continue this humanitarian project in our own community. Please help to feed people who are affected by COVID-19 PANDEMIC. Your small donation of $5 will feed one person. If you like to help, please support clicking these links. https://gofund.me/724ddb94 or https://go.eventgroovefundraising.com/7862bf


Be a part of this great challenge and make a difference in our community. According to Bill Stabile, member of the Hunger Project “Now more than ever, we must come together as a community to help one another. Rotary has a long history of showing support in many ways to both local organizations and international service projects, and we are proud to carry on that strong tradition with our current members.”


The Rotary Club of Branchburg has been serving our community and communities around the world for the last 33 years and is always welcoming new members who are interested in giving back to their community. Check us out on Facebook to learn more about the great work the club is doing: http://www.facebook.com/Branchburgrotary/ or visit our website http://www.portal.clubrunner.ca/3078/ or you can donate here https://go.eventgroovefundraising.com/7862bf.

CONGRATULATIONS to our 2021 US Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient Mr. Ram Malakar

Ram Malakar came to the United States from Nepal in the early 1980s with his family and lived in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. During his early years, Mr. Malakar worked and traveled extensively overseas in India, Italy, and Malta for the U.S. Embassy and then worked as a food service director at St. Luke Institute in Washington, D.C. until his retirement.

Malakar was one of the early settlers from Nepal to Washington, DC. To meet and network with other Nepali and friends of Nepal, he got involved with the America Nepal Society and became the president of the organization. During his tenure, Mr. Malakar promoted and fostered Nepal’s literature, arts, culture, values, and social customs in the U.S.

To continue the preservation of Nepal and Newah culture, Mr. Malakar founded Nepa Pasa Pucha Amerikaye (NPPA) in November of 1991. NPPA was incorporated to conserve and preserve the cultural heritage, the traditions, and the customs of the Newah people and to participate and facilitate the growth and development of the Newah culture in arts, literature, language, science, commerce, music, dances, customs and rituals of the Newah people in the modern world.

Lastly, to support the aging Nepalese population in the U.S., Mr. Malakar founded Nepal American Senior Community in 2002.

Mr. Malakar embodies what it means to be a community connector and community builder. He exemplifies not only as a great community leader but also someone who gives back.

He currently lives in Rockville, Maryland, surrounded by his wife of 60 years, Bisnu Malakar, and his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

We would like to congratulate Mr. Ram Malakar for his passion and purpose filled work he has been doing in his community and wish him all the best for his future endeavor.

Compassion into Action


Today Branchburg Rotarians, Rotaractors and the monks from the temple put their compassion into action by helping to create a special Rotary Peace Garden at the NJ Buddhist Vihara and Meditation Center. The Rotary Club of Branchburg working together with various community groups as well as Rotaract and Interact members, put Rotary’s mission of “Service Above Self” in motion to engage members and volunteers, we are finding personal satisfaction and a sense accomplishment.