The Asha Project Highlights from 2018-19 The Asha Project

The cultural, spiritual and social journey of the Asha Project team to bring the Gift of Hope for the People of Nepal!

Lumbini, Nepal

OUR MISSION: To help poor people in Nepal to rebuild their LIVES and renew their HOPE.

In 2019, we...

Redistributed $100,000 grant to implement our Legacy Hope Micro Credit project in Nepal.


ASHA was originally founded in 2015 in response to the Nepal earthquake which left thousands dead, but our mission extended much before that. Starting from a small $500 donation in 1992, we have provided thousands of dollars in scholarships and have helped build places of hope such as science labs, libraries and water projects. In addition to that, we have loaned more than $150,000 in micro credit loans in Nepal, along with countless donations.

Almost as important as HOPE, is the importance of education. It is every child’s right to receive an education, which in turn increases HOPE. ASHA project has distributed hundreds of pens and pencils to symbolize opportunity. The power of learning and information creates the leaders of tomorrow.


To this day, ASHA project has been persistent in spreading the message of hope to everyone. This is our biggest ambition, and we will work to break down the barriers and spread the idea of hopefulness and optimism to everyone across Nepal.


In February, we traveled again on our 2019 Humanitarian mission. We met with many Rotary club members from various clubs at their district conference.


We also created partnership with many new organizations and gave some HOPE and OPPORTUNITIES to young people to explore the world of possibilities. The Asha Project’s mission is to help Nepalese people to renew their HOPE AND build their FUTURE. With your continued support we hope to accomplish what we have planned out in the near future.

During this mission trip:

We signed 2 more sister club agreements and plan to implement 2 large projects in Nepal.

6 Rotaract students participated in our 3rd Annual Humanitarian Mission and Cultural Exchange Program in 2019 as well.

Nepal Humanitarian Mission

Our mission

Creating lasting changes for people of Nepal

50 Years ago, I was in the receiving end waiting for Nepali New Year to received a box of Pencil from American Red Cross. Now a day, when I visit Nepal, I reach into my backpack, and hand students with a pen, a pencil or a notebook, and see a wave of possibility washed over the student.

Seeing a smile and brightened wide open eye is my sense of happiness. I see the profound power and promise brought through something as small as giving a pencil, a pen or a notebook. That is our ASHA project- A Promise of Hope. ASHA means HOPE in Nepali language. It is amazing how a short, four letter word can represent so much. Asha means hope, and that is our purpose. To provide hope in all aspects of life by supporting initiatives that is run by the people of Nepal for the people of Nepal.

Guided by our core mission our special projects continue to focus on our three major areas.

Three pillars

2019 Humanitarian Mission

The highlight of the 2019 Humanitarian Mission to Nepal was meeting with many Rotary, Rotaract club members from Nepal. We had opportunity to visit many Rotary meeting and talk to many Rotary and Rotaract club members from various clubs in Nepal. We would like to thank Rotaract clubs of Parbat, New Road- Pokhara, Gorkha, Babarmahal-Rudramati, Lalitpur and Yala for their support and hospitality.

We also visited various schools and community organizations as well and distributed school supplies and stationary.


• Sponsor primary and secondary school students with scholarships.


We worked out a deal with two Micro credit organizations to distribute $100,000 worth of micro-credit loans to earthquake victim areas to help women to develop new business as part of our LEGACY OF HOPE program.

• Provide $100,000 micro credits loans to people who were affected by the earthquake.

• Offer vocational training to women and poor people.


The vision of the Rays of Hope educational foundation is to provide students with the opportunity to go to school without having a financial burden. It is when children have the opportunity to learn that they understand the importance of education. This understanding ultimately will be promulgated to the next generation.

Gained more recognition for our work

With the $100,000 micro credit grant fund , we will be initiating variety of programs.

Celebrated .. 28 Years of doing good in Nepal

Guided by our Three pillars, RAYS OF HOPE, LEGACY OF HOPE and HOMES OF HOPE,

We have been supporting projects that inspire a promise of hope for the people of Nepal.

Over the last 28 years, we have visited many village schools in Nepal, handing out thousands of pens and pencils across many districts in Nepal. These pencils, these small pieces of potential, led to powerful conversations with local parents and children across countless languages. From years of listening to their words, it became clear that there was a need for an international nonprofit that was led on-the-ground by a staff of locals from within the country, required village participation in each school, and deeply supported, trained and tracked each student to ensure their success. These are the guidelines on which ASHA Project was founded in April 2015 after the earthquake in Nepal.

In 1992, we started a scholarship program with $500 scholarship fund in collaboration with the Rotary club of Patan. This special endowment fund dedicated to “doing good in the world.” This program provides 700 scholarships a year in Nepal.

Our people of action

Our Rotaract students both in New Jersey and Nepal are busy implementing variety of programs.


Gift of Life: Goat Project

Rotaract exchange program open doors to new opportunities

International Youth Exchange – Building Peace and Understanding one youth at a time.

RVCC Rotaract club students had a great opportunity to discover new culture, and an opportunity to be a truly global citizen as part of the Youth Exchange program with the Rotaract club of New Road, Pokhara. These Rotaractors were sponsored by the Rotary club of Branchburg and the Asha Project, USA-Nepal.

Since last year we started our new progrm, 12 students have so far participated in this program where they have the opportunity to learn a new language, discover another culture, and become global citizens through Rotary Youth Exchange.

The Rotary Club of Branchburg , NJ in cooperation with the Asha project distributed $95,000 dollars in a micro credit grant to start a new business or use to purchase fertilizers to buy animals to start their own business

Creating opportunities to help individuals and communities thrive, financially and socially

A chance for change

In Nepal many impoverished women and their families have no access to financial services.

They lack basic math skills and live hand to mouth, unable to save for emergencies. Without financial loans, starting or expanding a business is difficult. So is escaping poverty.

Through the Micro credit project and a Rotary global grant, the Rotary Clubs of Mahabouddha and Branchburg Rotary, Branchburg, USA, helped establish a sustainable savings-and-loan program in the municipalities of Patan, Kathmandu and kavre.

More than 2000 Nepalese women have benefited from the program, not only increasing their incomes but also gaining the leadership experience and knowledge necessary to lift their families out of poverty.

Stewardship begins as funds are received and continues as funds are spent to provide life-changing and sustainable projects, and programs and services for poor people in Nepal

We supported various projects in 2018

$5000 for Scholarships

$6000 for school projects and school supplies and school bags.

$5000 in Goat Project and community support.

In retrospect, our Humanitarian mission was definitely a great learning experience for us. All the experiences made our life more open to the world, more colorful, and more hopeful and bright.

Our Partners

The Asha Project works with many local and international organizations and educational institutions to carry out our humanitarian programs. Learn more about our partners at theashaproject.org

American Nepal Friendship Society

Service partners: These organizations support club activities and offer opportunities for collaboration on local Rotary projects:

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“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” MAHATMA GANDHI

"Changing the world begins with the very personal process of changing yourself, the only place you can begin is where you are, and the only time you can begin is always now." ~ Gary Zukav ~

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