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Mission Statement

To promote Nepalese culture and values.
To advocate for human rights, freedom and peace.
To serve fellow human beings.

Medical Mission Trip to Nepal

Alok Shrestha, an enthusiastic young medical student at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Suwanee, GA is raising funds to run and organize a small clinic in Nepal this summer. He is taking lead on this project as a part of an International Medicine Club at his school, which plans on sending a group of medical students to Nepal for two weeks to volunteer and promote public health in a rural community. Despite being raised in Georgia, Alok still has strong ties to Nepal and Nepalese culture. Alok had the opportunity to spend time with his family in Nepal last summer and learn more about his heritage and connect with his roots.

Although a beautiful country rich in culture and tradition, he also discovered and experienced the problems of the developing health care system of Nepal. While there have been considerable progress in the health field in the past 20 years, he noticed that health and health-care facilities were generally poor and lacks availability to adequately meet the growing needs of the population. The truth is majority of people of Nepal live in mass poverty and deprivation, with problems of poor nutrition and sanitation, insufficient housing and the general absence of modern medical care and other social services, especially in rural areas. So please join us in supporting Mr. Alok Shrestha and helping him meet his goal to do this mission to Nepal by donating as much as you can at the website below.

Medical Mission Trip to Nepal

Guinness Record Aspiration of Rabi Lamicchane


Please Help Guinness Record Aspiration of Rabi Lamicchane to promote Nepal and Her Pride. NASeA is raising funds for the Guinness World Record Aspirant Rabi Lamiccane who is committed to raise awareness about Nepal, her pride and her people through a non-stop TV show for over 60 hours.Please donate to help Mr. Lamichane promote

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Return of Peace Corps to Nepal

Click here to see the article about the return of Peace Corps to Nepal.

NASeA Outstanding Social Leaders of 2012

Amid a ceremony at the ANMA-NASeA Convention, the Community Services Committee of NASeA recognized the following eight individuals as Emerging Social Leaders and one Outstanding Social Leader of 2012 for their outstanding contributions to the Nepali Communities/Diaspora in the USA and back home in Nepal.

Dr. Lila Bahadur Karki, the Chairperson of the Community Services Committee and the Executive Member of NASeA, briefly highlighted their commendable accomplishments and Sanjeeb Sapkota, President of NASeA, handed out plaques to the recognized social leaders. On behalf of NASeA, we congratulate our outstanding social leaders and expect even more services to the community in the following years as well.

NASeA Emerging Social Leaders of 2012:
1. Shailendra Devkota, President, NCNC

In a short involvement with NCNC, he has demonstrated his dynamic leadership to heighten Nepali identity in the NASeA region and beyond. He has provided Nepali communities, specifically NCNC members, with a feeling of being at home in Nepal by implementing so many wonderful activities:NCNC Members’ Contact Office, Nepali School, Radio Mirmire, Sangalo Newsletter, Monthly Movie Show, Blood Donation Drive (the highest number of donors in NASeA region so far), Satsang, and many other commendable activities that have truly adhered the majority of the Nepali under the single umbrella of NCNC.

2. Sangita Dongol, Chair, Children and Youth Committee/Coordinator, Atlanta Nepali School, Georgia

She is a champion blood donor and a regular volunteer and has been working hard to promote and teach Nepali language, culture, and moral education through the Atlanta Nepali School, leading NASeA’s very first children and youth committee to reach out to so many young talents to prosper through children to children webinars, and is also a Satsang organizer who focuses on women’s groups, and also a proven fund raising activist for NASeA.

3. Choonamani Khanal, General Secretary, FANS, INLS, Editor in chief of Voice and Sagar Newsletters, Former Information Secretary of FNA, Chairperson, NASeA Publication Committee, Founding Coordinator of Miami Pathsala, Florida

First of all, we wish him a quick and healthy recovery. He is a person with multiple talents, a true social HERO, and a highly dedicated individual who extends generous hands, and a big heart and mind to the needy people in the Nepali community and beyond. He always regards social service a top priority despite his serious health issue of having to carry a big cylinder of oxygen 24/7. No matter which Nepali organization (FANS, INLS, NASeA, FNA, …), his presence is always there. He is also the founder of Kritagya Trust that serves and empowers rural communities in Nepal.

4. Dr. Divya Pradhan, President of NANA, Alabama

She has shown exemplary leadership as the President of the North Alabama Nepali Association (NANA) for the past several years. She has been actively involved in organizing activities of Nepali origin, maintaining a true cohesiveness amongst Nepali people, preserving and promoting Nepali culture and values and passing them to the children and the community, representing Nepal in the local community and international institutions and also organizing social programs like blood donation drives.

5. Krishna Shrestha, President of INLS Florida Chapter

As the President of the International Nepali Literary Society (INLS), Florida Chapter, he had provided the targeted group with remarkable contributions and a patriotic dedication by promoting Nepali culture, literature, and language in Florida and beyond. INLS has established five Nepali Schools (Pathsala) respectively in West Palm Beach, Miami, Orlando, Tampa, and Jackson until today. They have been role models in heightening the Nepali identity through Pathsala, not only in the NASeA region but also in the USA.

6. Dr. Hem Raj Joshi, Ohio

His constant support and commitment to empower especially rural girls of Far West Nepal through education has highly been commended in the Nepali Diaspora. He has been providing many scholarships focused on minorities and underprivileged girls and monetary support to establish and promote schools facilities (text books, furniture, and libraries). Simultaneously, he has been leading annual fund raising campaigns to provide patients in need of cataract surgery and free eye camp services in the Far West; these are truly commendable accomplishments.

7. Dr. Binay Shah, Washington

Since an early age, he has been providing many young Nepali medical doctors and students with training opportunities through telemedicine, and has also been providing grants to conduct research on emerging issues in the health sector, has collaborated with B. P. Koirala Memorial Hospital to establish the first bone marrow transplant center in Bharatpur, has invited Nepali health professionals to the USA for training, and has organized conferences to update knowledge and skills of the young doctors regarding cancer treatments.

8. Ramakant Kharel, Illinois

He is a social HERO who follows simple living and high thinking thoughts. He is a man with a gigantic heart, truly generous hands, and mind to serve the Nepal community regardless of where, what, or when. His readiness to support the Nepali community with his optimum capacity is praiseworthy. He has always been there to extend generous hands to promote social services and physical, moral, and financial support. His contributions to Nepal Wireless Project, Empower Nepal Foundation, victimized individuals, people in need, and many other organizations has encouraged others to participate in such noble causes.

NASeA Outstanding Social Leader of 2012

9. Dr. Prahlad D. Pant, President of Prahlad & Bindu Pant Orphans Foundation

He is one of the few Nepali people in the USA who barley needs an introduction; the first Nepali to receive Ph.D. in engineering, a past president of ANMA, Lead Founder of the Nepalese American Council (NAC), Founder and CEO of Prahlad & Bindu Pant Orphans Foundation, Chairperson of Nepali Community Center in Atlanta (working committee), and advisor of NASeA. His years of experience, service, and dedication to the Nepali community through multiple projects are highly appreciated in Nepali Diaspora.

10. Bruce Keenan and Susan Keenan, Founder and CEO of Himalayan Children’s Charities, Georgia

They established Himalayan Children’s Charities in 2000 to extend their charitable minds, hearts, and services. They have been fully supporting 51 children in Kathmandu and 20 children in rural areas by providing food, housing, education, health care, and all other needs. They are shaping the future of 71 poorest of the poor orphaned and abandoned little Nepali brothers and sisters and are working relentlessly to serve more children.

Finally, we would like to thank the following generous sponsors of the 2012 NASeA Outstanding Social Leaders Recognition Program:
1.Madhav Dhakal, Highpoint, NC
2.Blood Donors of America
3.Radha and Krishna (Radha-Krishna) Poulel, Indianpolis
4.PadmaDal Memorial Foundation

Thank you, our community service committee members and contact personnel for your wonderful cooperation and hard work throughout the entire year.

Respectfully,
Community Services Committee of NASeA
Lila B. Karki, Ph.D., Chair (AL),
Ghan Shyam Bhatt, Ph.D. Co-chair (TN),

Members:
Khusi Ram Tiwari, Ph.D. (MS), Madav Dhakal, (NC), Ajaya Satyal, (FL), Dipak Regmi, (GA),
Ramesh Chandra Khanal, Ph.D. (AR), Satish Chandra Gupta, (SC), Sakina Shrestha, (GA),
Bijaya Kattel, Ph.D., (FL), Tilak B Shrestha, Ph.D., (AL), Hari Sharan Karki, (LA), Bishal Gurung, (GA),
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NASeA, the Critical Stakeholder of the Successful Convention?

Dear All,

NASeA and its partner ANMA recently concluded another landmark convention of the people of Nepali origin in Indianapolis last weekend (Aug 31-Sep 02) with several sessions, programs, events and accomplishments and vowed to work together for the better for Nepali Community moving ahead www.jointconvention.org. NASeA certainly was a big and critical stakeholder of the 8th ANMA NASeA convention.

I am proud to list contributions that NASeA executives, advisors, former presidents and general members made at the convention that added significantly to complete the circle of success of the convention:
•Over 100 people drove or flew from the Southeast region to the convention, registered and participated in several sessions, sports, activities and interactions to make one of the most successful gathering of people of Nepali origin in the United States.
•Executive member Mohan Bista coordinated the walk and run in the morning for both the days of Saturday Sep 01 and Sunday Sep 02 that many people participated. He and Dr. Lila Bdr Karki arranged the water given out to the participants of the event.
•Vice President Dhana Timilsina was one of the key persons who made ’100+ participants from the southeast region at the convention’ happen (the other person is Dr. Baral mentioned below). Mr. Timilsina also represetend NASeA at several NRN related activities; he was recognized with NRN partner-certificate and was asked to chair the NRN committee to raise funds that would support Nepali during her or his urgency/emergency. He coordinated the decorative backdrops for the cultural program and its shipment from Nepal.
•NASeA Chair of Community Services Committee Dr. Lila Bdr. Karki was busy, as always, with multiple activities. He coordinated, for the first time in the history of convention, a successful blood drive where many people donated. He organized one of the most successful session ‘Giving Back to Motherland’ where eight different projects gave updates on their endevour to empower people in Nepal including children and women. His committee recognized 10 different emerging social leaders and outstanding community leader who have made significant contributions in their fullest capacity. He will shortly send out the list of those who have received the award.
•Dr. Ram Baral successfully convinced participants from several southeastern states includng South Carolina and North Carolina to participate at the convention. He made substansitve inputs in the general assembly and other sessions in the interest of NASeA.
•NASeA executive Dr. Tilak Shrestha ran the important session on ‘Spirituality’ that were attended by many.
•Executve Member Madhav Mainali donated blood at the convention and provided critical comments and inputs at many sessions, general assembly for NASeA interest.
•Executive member Priti Khatri provided critical support and consultations to the program committee that facilitated the transportation and accomodation of high profile guest.
•NASeA Advisor Dr. Prahlad Pant chaired the General Assebmly, moderated the session of the Nepali Engineers, presented the updates on Prahlad and Bindu Pant Foundation during the session on ‘Giving Back to Motherland’ and provided me with crucial consultations at the convention.
•Other southeasterns who spoke at the ‘Giving Back to Motherland’ session were Bijay Kattel on Abi Kattel Foundation, Binod Parajuli on Ganga Ghar, Bruce and Susan Kennan on Himalayan Children Charities.
•Former president and Advisor Raja Ghale was the key for the success of the concert where he provided not only critical consulations on the artists but also facilitated in their travel and accomodation. Mr. Ghale moderated the session on ‘Nepal Wireless Project’ during which esteemed social worker Mahabir Pun spoke live from Nepal. He also provided valuable inputs at several sessions.
•NASeA advisor Dr. Sushama Pradhan moderated the award ceremony for the winner of the essay competition; NASeA Advisor Dr. Shiva Gautam made remarkable presentation that everyone appreciated; NASeA advisor Gobinda Giri Prerana moderated session on the exploration of federalism of Nepali organizations.
•NASeA treasurer Gobinda Shrestha and executive Vice President Ram Dongol made significant effort in raising funds at the convention for NASeA by going to each individuals and making the case why NASeA needs their generous support. Gobinda Shrestha also made outstanding presentation at the General Assembly on the balance sheet of NASeA of last year.
•The executives and advisors came in the front at the opening ceremony facing the audiences when I invited them during my address to the convention. This allowed everyone to see and know who the ‘working bees’ of NASeA are and what they have contributed in the past year. I also recognized the executives when I spoke at the Women forum and NRN forum.
•Presidents’ presentations: Presidents or representatives of Nepali Organizations in the states, cities or universities of Southeast America made presentation of the activities of their organization during NASeA general assembly and they include Manoj Pradhan representing Nepal Center of North Carolina (NCNC), Krishna Shrestha representing Florida Chapter of International Nepali Literary Society (INLS), Krishna Pokhrel from Nepalese Community Center of Orlando (NCCO), Madhav Mainali from Nepali Association of North Alabama (NANA).
•Nepali Center in North Carolina’s volleyball team stood second, but considering the distance they travel to take part in the game, they won many other things than the trophy itself.
2013 Convenion and SCAN: Representative from South Carolina Association of Nepalese (SCAN), who was selected by NASeA executive committee last month to be the host of 2013 NASeA ANMA Convention made a powerful presentation at the cultural program promoting Greenville, South Carolina where the convention will be held and inviting everyone next year.
NASeA Booth: NaSeA booth proudly displayed different publications, products and projects related to NASeA. On the wall and at booth table there was the banner of NASeA Five different publications were displayed namely ‘How to organize 5K/2K Walk and Run’, ‘How to Organize Blood Drive’, ‘Guide to Organizing Dheusi/ Bhailo’and Guideline for the safety and security of nepali Employees working at Convenience Store/ Gas Station’. Brochure on Nepal wireless project was displayed as well and some fund raising activities did take place. Adjacent to NASeA booth was the booth by Nepalese Cultural Center of Orlando (NCCO) where NCCO president Krishna Pokhrel, Bikash Devkota and Sri Om raised funds for the Cultural Center in Orlando by selling raffle, the first prize of which is Toyota car.
•Former president Dr. Prakash Malla and Tek Thapa though had to cancel their travel at the last minute due to unavoidable reasons helped in preparing the sessions that they were supposed the moderated and assigned their alternatives. Likewise joint secretary Bimal Nepal, Advisor Tara Pun and General Secretary Sagun who could not attend helped plan their part.
•Chairperson, ANMA President, NAI, and Co-chair of the Convention: The Chairperson of the convention Gopendra Bhattrai, the outgoing ANMA President Rajendra Khatiwada, hundreds of members of Nepalese Association of Indiana (NAI), the host organization of this convention, the co-chairpersons Dr. Ram Baral, Ram Dongol, Dhana Timilsina, Rajiv Shrestha, Sharala Pandey and Ganesh Pokhrel deserve special thanks for their time, efforts and contributions for the success of the convention.

Please see the pictures of the convention posted at NASA facebook
http://www.facebook.com/nasea.america?ref=tn_tnmn#!/photo.php?fbid=10151039715401625&set=a.10151039715201625.425366.715531624&type=1&theater

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http://www.facebook.com/nasea.america?ref=tn_tnmn#!/photo.php?fbid=441871885854073&set=a.441871875854074.96781.241052892602641&type=1&theater

Thank you again to all those who contributed their time, effort and dedication to complete this grand gathering successfully thus making a worthy impact on Nepali community in the United States.

Sincerely,
Sanjeeb Sapkota
President
Nepalese Association in Southeast America
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Are you eligible for EB1 Green Card??

Committee on Legal,Immigration, and Conflict Resolution of Nepalese Association in Southeast America (NASeA) invites you to join an Immigration Conference Call with the topic EB1 (Alien with Extraordinary Ability)—Who qualifies? And Immigration Protection for the victims of violence (VAWA and Uvisa) with Bandita Sharma-Dahal, Esq.[ LLM]

Attorney at Law
Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association

CHHETRY & ASSOCIATES, P.C. Philadelphia Branch
Fort Washington, PA

Date:Thursday September 6, 2012
Time: 8.00 -9.00 PM. Eastern Time
Venue: Conference Call
Phone: 218-339-2409 Pass Code: 2744441

Do you have questions on immigration that you would like the Attorney Bandita Sharma-Dahal address during the conference call? Please e-mail those to NASeA Legal, Immigration and Conflict Resolution Committee at khadkanb@hotmail.com Or call the Committee Chair Narayan Khadka at 336-707-0592

Facilitator: Narayan Khadka, Chair
Committee on Legal, Immigration and Conflict Resolution
Nepalese Association in Southeast America (NASeA)

Committee Members
Dhana Timilsina
Janak Baral
Mohan Bista
Madhav Mainali
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July Children-to-Children Webinar

Hello Nepali Community,

The NASeA Children and Youth Committee presents July Children-to-Children Webinar on Friday, Aug 31, 2012. The topic of the presentation and the presenter is:
Significance of Janai Purnima by Kusum Aryal, 9 Year, Miami, Florida (Miami Pathshala)

Festival of Snakes ‘Nag Panchami’ and its Significance to Children’ by Sujata Chettri, 8th Grade, South West Middle school, High Point, North Carolina

Date: Friday, Aug 31, 2012
Time: 08.00 PM Eastern Time


Click this link on above date/time to join the webinar:
Click here to join the webinar

To listen to the webinar: Call*: (309) 944-9515
Attendee Access Code: 854 3521

Webinar is moderated by Sushma Bajracharya

Note: If anyone is interested in doing the August webinar next month, please contact:

- Sangita Dongol (Chair) sangitadongol@gmail.com
- Sushma Bajracharya (Co-chair) esushma.shrestha@hotmail.com

Thank you,
Sangita Dongol and Sushma Bajracharya
Children and Youth Committee

Nepalese Association in Southeast America (NASeA)

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