Hope for the Environment (Update)

Copresented by the Living Earth Institute (LEI), NYU South Asian Law Students Association (SALSA), Rotary Club of Plainsboro, NJ, Ridgewood Nepalese Society (RNS), and ANFS, the Batabaranko Asha (Hope for the Environment) program is an initiative started by Rajeev Goyal, a returned Peace Corps volunteer who served in Nepal.

November 17, 9am11:30pm, 2007 Batabaranko Asha (Hope for the Environment)NYU School of Law, Vanderbilt Hall, 40 Washington Square South, New York, NY

Helping villagers in Nepal protect endangered natural resources by raising funds to support environmental education, sustainable agriculture, biodiversity promotion, river protection, environmental scholarship, and ecotourism initiatives for three villages in Janakpur, Nuwakot, and Dhankuta districts in Nepal.

Ticket price is $20 ($15 for students) and includes a full Nepali dinner catered by the famous Himalayan Yak restaurant in Jackson Heights. Additionally there will be drinks, slide presentations, short videos, dance performances, raffles, and special guests. Picture ID is required for admission.

Last year’s Shikshyako Asha (Hope for Education) helped build three two-story primary schools in Nepal.

Please RSVP to Rajeev Goyal by email, rg745@nyu.edu, or by phone, +1 516-984-7138. Checks should be made out to The Living Earth Institute and mailed to

Rajeev Goyal
51 Larch Drive
Manhasset Hills, NY 11040

Letters for tax purposes will be provided by LEI.

Dashain program in Woodside

Don’t miss this beautiful cultural event that will be featuring many popular Nepali artists. Come out to Woodside in Queens, New York, on October 13, 2007, for this festive event. The program begins at 7:00 pm at the Dhaka Club.

Please see the program flyer for full details.

ANFS Kala Manch, Dashain 2007

Hope for the Environment

The Hope for Environment, Batabaranko Asha in Nepali, is an opportunity to do good for those in need in Nepal. Please come and show your support.

Saturday, November 17, 2007
7:00–11:30 pm
NYU School of Law
Vanderbilt Hall (Tischman Auditorium)
40 Washington Square South

Please share this information with your family and friends. Full program details are available in the attached PDF.

Batabaranko Asha (Hope for the Environment)

Call for Support for Flood Victims

ANFS is undertaking a campaign to collect donations to support relief and rehabilitation work. We are now calling for support for the recent flood victims in Nepal.

Our contributions will make a difference in the lives of those who have been left with nothing. All contributions are tax-deductible. Humanity has no boundaries—let us join together to help out the victims of this terrible disaster. Please be generous when you make a contribution!

Call for Support for Flood Victims

Program at the New School: Nepal Today

Nepal is at a crossroads. There have been unprecedented changes during the last one year or so; much remains to be done. The path ahead is not always clear. The “Nepal Today: Challenges of Inclusive Democracy” is a timely event hosted by the New School on Saturday, May 19, 2007, at 8:30 AM, and the America-Nepal friendship Society is extending its support.

You don’t want to miss it. Please Mark your calendar and make your best efforts to participate in it. Please spread the word around as well.

May 19th 8:30am, 5:30pm 2007 Nepal Today: Challenges of Inclusive Democracy— at 66 West 12th Street, New York, NY

Nepal is at a historic and crucial turning point. The people-led revolutions of 1990 and spring 2006 have shown the unprecedented courage of Nepali people in fighting for democratic rights. The recent uprisings, general strikes (bandhs), and continued demonstrations by large numbers of marginalized groups like Dalits, Janajatis, Madhesis, and women highlight the importance of establishing inclusive democracy.

Nepal Today: Challenges of an Inclusive Democracy

Nepal: The Road to Peace

Nepal: The Road to Peace will be a discussion with the key political party representatives from Nepal on April 25, 2007. Please download the PDF for more information on this upcoming program.

April 25thNepal: The Road to Peace at 725 Park Avenue New York, NY 10021

With the Communist Party of Nepal-Maoists formally joining the government, Nepal’s peace process is now entering its second phase. While the key actors have managed to reach significant milestones, including the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Accord, the adoption of an Interim Constitution, and the establishment of the inclusive Interim Parliament, the road ahead is still fraught with numerous challenges. Nepal’s political actors and stakeholders must now engage in the more arduous task of overseeing the Constituent Assembly election later this year, establishing major commissions (Truth and Reconciliation Commission and State Reform Commissions), and integrating the Maoist Army into Nepal’s military structure, among other equally pertinent issues, the country will continue to undergo transitional turmoil in the foreseeable future.

Nepal: The Road to Peace

Family program at the RMA

The America-Nepal Friendship Society and the Rubin Museum of Arts will be hosting a learn-and-play session of the popular Nepali game bag chaal (sometimes also bhag chall). There will be a life-sized bag chaal board and all adults and children are welcome.

Bag’chal Family Workshop
December 2nd, 2006 at 12:00–5:00 p.m.
Rubin Museum of Art (map)
Theater Gallery
150 West 17th St
New York, NY 10011

Learn how to play the game of goats and tigers (Bag’chal) on a life-size board. Make your own goat or tiger mask. Bag’chal, an ancient game from Nepal, will be played with children and adults in RMA’s Theater Gallery. Presented with the America-Nepal Friendship Society.

Bag’chal program at RMA

The ANFS is asking for support in this outreach program. We would like to have both young and old attend this event, but especially important for kids to come and participate. It will be a fun afternoon and everyone is encouraged to create their own tiger and/or goat mask.

ANFS is also seeking volunteers to help out with this event — just simple, fun work. Be there and help children and adults during the event. If you’re an expert in bag chaal, that’s great. If not, it’s a simple game anyone can learn within a few minutes.

If you’d like to learn more about bag chaal, read about bag chaal on Wikipedia. You can even play a free version of the game, Bagh Chal by Jesse Chilcott.

Nepali New Year 2063

Come celebrate the Nepali New Year 2063 with ANFS Saturday, April 8, 2006, at 7 p.m. at the Dhaka Club & Restaurant:

Dhaka Club & Restaurant (Map

There is a US$35 admission fee. Children 5 years and younger get in free.

Please contact Ryan Moser or Tara Niraula to RSVP or for additional information.