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.
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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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.
Community Services Committee of NASeA
Lila B. Karki, Ph.D., Chair (AL),
Ghan Shyam Bhatt, Ph.D. Co-chair (TN),
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.
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 email@example.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)
Dear NASeA Community,
It has been 12 months since I and my fellow executive officers took office and vowed to serve you and our great organization NASeA. I wanted to list out some of our key accomplishment during the past 12 months below which I will also be presenting to the NASeA General Assembly on Sunday, Sep 02 in Indianapolis at the ANMA NASeA Convention.
NASeA Guides on five differents topics:
NASeA has published four different guides on different social, community and cultural topics to assists individuals and organization plan and execute different activities. These guides include ‘How to organize blood drive’, ‘How to organize Walk and Run Event, Measures to take for the Safety and Security for Nepali employee working for Convenience Store/ Gas Station and ‘How to Organize Dheusi Bhailo in your City and State.
These guides are available at http://naseaonline.info/?page_id=1597 . Also published is the “proceedings of the 2011 NASeA ANMA Convention held in Atlanta http://naseaonline.info/?page_id=1597
Several other guides are being prepared and be shortly released including ‘How to Establish and Maintain Nepali Language School in the US’.
Community Services: Blood Drive: Over 400 units of blood collected through the 7 blood drives that Dr. Lila Bdr. Karki coordinated through the Community Services Committee of NASeA collected have saved 1200 lives. Emergency funds: The committee also raised funds over $7000 emergency funds over the past year to help the needy both in the US and in Nepal. Tax information that NASeA tax professional Kumar Bhandari provided benefitted many http://naseaonline.info/?page_id=1249 Emerging and Outstanding Leadership Award will be presented by the NASeA Community Services Committee at the Indinapolis convention to the emerging and established social leaders who have been consistently providing services to Nepali community.
The twelve different Monthly Talk Sessions that Ram Baral organized as the chair of Public Relations Committee brought 12 great personalities in 12 monthly talk session in the past year from around the world who have kept the name of Nepal and Nepali high and who have inspired thousands others. Children Webinars that Sangita Dongol and Sushma Bajracharya organized every month via Children and Youth Committee encouraged children in different parts of the United States to share not only their interest and hobbies but highlight Nepali heritage and culture. Monthly Satsang through Cultural Committee and its chair Janak Baral invited different spiritual and religious people through NASeA TV. Some recorded activities have been
archived for your viewing http://www.ustream.tv/channel/nasea-tv Yoga on the Web that we had planned to broadcast every month will be resumed shortly.
NASeA has a total balance of $45,445.83 in bank according to NASeA treasurer Gobinda Shrestha. This is an increase of about $14,000 from the last convention in Altanta from which time me and my fellow executive members took office. Recently we have established the bylaws mandated Finance Committee whose members include former president Tek Thapa, former treasurer and vice president Ram Dongol, NCNC board of Director Madhav Bhattarai, NASeA treasurer and NASeA President. This committee provide guidance and supervision on financial activities.
Advocacy of Human Rights and provision of Immigration Information:
NASeA through Immigration and Human Rights Committee raised strong voice against the violations of human rights of Nepali migrant in Lebanon and middle east http://naseaonline.info/?p=1405 and http://www.janapukar.com/archives/104212/
The chair of the committee Narayan Khadka brought 6 different attorneys in conference calls to answer questions and concern of Nepali immigrants.
Technical assitance to partner organization:
Through External Relations Committee, NASeA provided technical assistance to many nepali organization is cities, states and universities of United States including in Arkansas, Orlando. North Carolina, Nepalese Student Association in Auburn University, Georgia State University. The chair of the Committee Bimal Nepal coordinated nine different monthly networking sessions with these organizations in the past year.
National Conventions of Nepali:
The four NASeA co-chairpersons Ram Dongol, Dr. Ram Baral, Dhana Timilsina and Dr. Dibya Pradhan as well as Gobinda Shrestha, Raja Ghale and Mohan Bista have made outstanding contribution in promoting and stregthening the ANMA NASeA National Convention that being held in Indianapolis beginning Friday, Aug 31 www.jointconvention.org
Over 20 new life members joined NASeA over the past year and many are in line of joining life members of NASeA. Vice Presidents duo Ram Dongol and Dhana Timilsina lead multiple projects and represented me in several occasions.
NASeA and Nepali culture was highly visible in over half dozen international festivals that NASeA tool part in where Nepal booth and Nepali dances were performed by children going to Nepali School. Dipendra Thapa, former president Raja Ghale Sushma Bajracharya, Krishna Shrestha and Sangita Dongol, Sailedra Devkota, Arun Dhital are all to be thanked for their unique role in making these events successful. NASeA was represented widely in the Dasain and New Year festivals organized by Nepali organizations in different cities and states.
Seven different projects in Nepal and the US were supported through funds, promotion and technical assistances. NASeA supported project are listed in our weblink below and they include Ganga Ghar, Himalayan Children Charities, Nepal Wireless Project, Ama Nepal, Maiti Nepal, Abi Kattel Foundation www.naseaonline.org
Online, print and radio media has captured various good work NASeA has been doing via their portal. Further NASeA in facebook, Twitter and Wikipedia have enhanced NASeA’s visibility.
I am proud to work together with professors, engineers, enterpreneurs, people with PhD and masters that comprise my executive team, advisors and former presidents.
Mohan Bista, Kumar KC, Priti Khatri, Madhav Mainali, Hari Bhandari, Madav Dhakal, Choodamani Khanal and Dr. Tilak Shrestha contributed in strengthening the regional structure and adding to the quality service of organization. Dr. Bishwa Acharya, Saubhagya Shrestha, Bob Gerzoff, Dr. Prakash Malla, Dr. Prahlad Pant, Bala Pant, Tek Thapa, Bhaskar Dawadi, Shakti Aryal, Raja Ghale, Tara Pun, Khusi Ram Tiwari, Dr. Nayaran Rajbhandari, Suman Silwal, Shailendra Bajracharya, Saunak Ranjitkar, Srijana Sharma, Gobhardan Shrestha and Lekh Sharma have provided critical support in different times that has supported NASeA to a great extent. Vice president duo Mr. Timilsina and Mr. Dongol led several events that brought good name to NASeA. As the longest running officer, Ram Dongol’s experience continue to provide key support in many activities NASeA fulfills.
Nepalese Cultural Centers:
Orlando and Atlanta and the Nepali organizations in each of these cities have done a great deal of groundwork towards the establishment of Nepalese Cultural Center. NASeA is continually supporting the efforts lead by Dr. Prahlad Pant in Atlanta and Krishna Pokhrel in Orlando in helping materialize the dream of their team for a physical structure that Nepali community could call a home. The first walk and run event http://naseaonline.info/?p=1332 that Dipedra Thapa coordinated in March and that he would coordinating in November will promote and raise funds for the cultural center.
For all of the above activities to happen a strong governance was needed. That was provided by 14 different executive meetings over the past 12 months in different cities of Tampa, Alpharetta, Clarkston, Louiville, Columbia and Lawrenceville. Besides, NASeA general Secretary Sagun Shrestha have been providing providing strong administrating and IT support who updates NASeA website almost daily and who upload all minutes for your viewing at http://naseaonline.info/?p=1405
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
Following are the winners of the NASeA ANMA Writing Competition in three different categories. Congratulate to all the winner children and their parents. We would like to thank the Essay committee headed by Dr. Sushama Pradhan and the judges in the three categories whose names are given at the end of this message.
A. Winners of High School writing contest
1. Anima Shrestha – First place winner (Georgia)
2. Simran Khadka – Second place winner (North Carolina)
3. Bhabika Joshi – Third place winner (Texas)
B. Middle School writing contest
1. Sukrity Dhungel – First place winner (North Carolina)
2. Sushil Sharma – Second place winner (North Carolina)
3. Rojal Adhikari – Third place winner – NA
C. Elementary School ‘Show and Tell Contest’
1. Summit Pradhan – First place winner (North Carolina)
2. Christine Poudel – Second place winner (Toronto, Canada)
3. Rujula Shrestha – Third place winner, (Georgia)
Nepalese Association in Southeast America (NASeA) and the Association of Nepalese in Midwest America (ANMA) are announcing their annual student writing contests open to all high school, middle school and elementary school students of North America in their respective categories.
No matter who we are, no matter where we live and no matter what life we choose to lead, we are all Nepali in one way or another. In addition, whether we are aware of it or not, we are all shaped and influenced by our Nepali culture and traditions. Our roots lead us deeper to Nepal and nurtures us directly or indirectly through nutrients of Nepali cultures and traditions that has evolved over thousands years of Nepali civilization.
The goal of this essay contest is to increase awareness about Nepal and its culture so that we can know and preserve our culture and ultimately gain a better understanding of ourselves.
Following are the brief details about the individual contest for high school, middle school and elementary school. For detail information regarding guideline, eligibility, submission date, judging committee and judging criteria read the corresponding attachment.
High School Contest (Grade 9-12)
Title – Preserving Nepalese Identity and Building its Future in the USA
This year’s theme for the ANMA/NASeA joint convention is “Preserving Nepalese Identity and Building its Future in the USA”. Write an essay that centers on the joint convention theme.
Some questions to answer are: What are your cherished Nepali values passed to you by your parents? What are the Nepali traditions, festival and customs you will like to observe, follow and pass to future generation and why do you like those? What are the things you will do to preserve and maintain those tradition, festival and values?
(Guideline: The essay should incorporate how you are going to maintain Nepali identity by following Nepali traditions, rituals and customs in your life in North America. Nepali values, rituals and traditions that you cherish most and would like to hand down to future generation. How do you think we can preserve our Nepali identity and build its future in North America?)
Awards & Recognitions:
High school essay contest is sponsored by NASeA and ANMA. The first-place winner will be awarded a prize of US $300 along with an award certificate. The second and the third place winners will receive $100 and $50 respectively, along with their award certificate. The top three essays will also be published in NASeA’s upcoming Yeti View Point magazine. The winners will be honored during NASeA/ANMA joint convention in Labor Day Weekend, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
The award for the high school writing contest is sponsored by Dr. Devi Gurung States and Himalayan Health Care Project from Saint Louis, Missouri.
Middle School Contest (Grade 6-8)
Title – Me and My Nepal
Memoir writing should cover what are the North American cultures, things, or events in your life in North America that that keeps bonding between you and Nepal alive or bring you back memories of your days in Nepal.
(Guideline: We are looking for North American cultures, things or events that trigger your bonding with Nepal or remind you of Nepal. Thus, do not include Nepali traditions that you and your family follow in North America and Nepali festivals and celebrations that you observe in North America as trigger points of your memory. Tell us your memory about how these things have been helping you to be bonded with Nepal).
Middle school narrative writing contest first, second and third place winner will be awarded a prize of US $100, $75 and $50 respectively, along with their award certificate. The top three narrative writings will also be published in NASeA’s upcoming Yeti View Point magazine. The winners will be honored during ANMA/NASeA joint convention in Labor Day Weekend, 2012 in Indianapolis, IN, USA. We would like to invite all interested students to participate and play vital role in making our effort successful.
The award for the middle school writing contest is sponsored by Dr. Sanjeeb Sapkota of Atlanta, Georgia.
Elementary School Contest (grade 1-5)
Title – Show and Tell: “Nepal – the Country of Mt. Everest and Buddha”
Assume that you have to do a “show-and-tell”, but this time instead of telling, you will be writing. The topic for this year’s show and tell is “Nepal – the Country of Mt. Everest and Buddha”. You can do “Show and Tell”: on anything related to Nepal, for example – Nepali food you like to eat, Nepali festivals you liked the most, Nepali Flag, Temple, Mountain, City, etc. Ask your parents to provide a picture of the object you are doing “show and tell” and write about it. Please do not forget to send us the picture along with your writing.
Awards & Recognitions:
Elementary School “Show and Tell Nepal” contests’ first, second and third place winner will be awarded a prize of US $40, $35 and $25 respectively, along with their award certificate. The top three writings will also be published in NASeA’s upcoming Yeti View Point magazine. The winners will be honored during ANMA/NASeA joint convention in Labor Day Weekend, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.
The award for the elementary school essay competition is sponsored by Nita Khatiwada from Lexington, Kentucky.
We would like to invite all interested students to participate and play vital role in making our effort successful.
1.The content is open to all North American Region school students enrolled in 2012-2013 and to all home-school students in grade equivalent to regular school grades.
2.All essays must reflect the contestant’s own research and originality in writing.
3.Limit one submission per student.
4.Essay must be submitted online via email before deadline to all Judging Committee members (email of judging committee for each category is given below).
1.Written in English language.
2.Student’s name, email address and day-time phone number must appear at the top of the essay.
3.Word limits: 800-1000 words for high school; 600-700 words for middle school; 400-500 words for grade 4th and 5th and 300 -400 words for 1st to 3rd grader. All words, except title and bibliography will be counted towards the word limits.
4.Type using MS-Word, Double-spaced and page numbered.
5.Submit in MS-Word format to Judging Committee Chair and carbon copy to all committee members.
1.Essay submission deadline – July 23, 2012.
2.Winners will be notified by – Aug 13, 2012.
3.Recognition of Winners – September 1, 2012 (during cultural program of NASeA/ANMA annual joint convention).
1.Scope of research (20%)
2.Organization of content (15%)
3.Originality (20) %
4.Logic development (10 %)
5.Spelling and grammar (10%)
6.Clarity and sincerity of thoughts (10%)
The judging committee – High school
•Dr. Sushama Pradhan, NC, USA – Chairperson: firstname.lastname@example.org
•Mr. Sushil Shrma, KY, USA – Co-Chair: email@example.com
•Dr. Batu Sharma, NC, USA – Member: firstname.lastname@example.org
•Dr. Dhruba Tripathi, AB, Canada – Member: email@example.com
The judging committee -Middle school
•Dr. Sushama Pradhan, NC, USA – Chairperson: firstname.lastname@example.org
•Mr. Gopndra Bhattarai, IN, USA – Co-Chair:email@example.com com
•Dr. Archana Kattel, FL, USA – Member: firstname.lastname@example.org
•Ms. Srijana Khatiwada Sharma , GA, USA – Member: email@example.com
•Mr. Jyoti Vaidya, London, ON, Canada – Member: firstname.lastname@example.org
The judging committee -Elementary school
•Dr. Sushama Pradhan, NC, USA – Chairperson: email@example.com
•Ms. Sreejana Uprety, MO, USA – Co-Chair: firstname.lastname@example.org
•Mr. Basanta Khadka, NC, USA –Member: email@example.com
•Mr. Jhalendra Shrestha, AB, Canada- Member:firstname.lastname@example.org