Talk and Q and A about Rainaskot
ANMA/NaSEa Joint Convention
Saturday 2:30 PM
St. Louis Union Station Hotel
1820 Market St.
Every Labor Day weekend, two organizations, the Association of Nepalese in Midwest America (ANMA) and Nepalese Association in Southeast America hold a convention to bring together the Nepalese community in the United States.
Last year, co-founder Natasha Wozniak introduced the rebuilding project in Rainaskot at the joint conference. Both organizations later decided to donate the proceeds from the 2015 conference plus the balance of needed funds to the construction of the community building in Rainaskot. Natasha will present and answer questions about the rebuilding effort one year on at this year's conference along with senior advisor Sharda Thapa.
We will also have a table in the lobby of the conference hotel all weekend with information and materials about the work in Rainaskot.
Last year, in co-founder Natasha Wozniak's hometown of Racine, WI, the community came together, had a fantastic night out, and funded one of our first houses in Rainaskot.
Join us again this year as we celebrate the progress and get closer to the finish line of rebuilding a community.
We have limited capacity so we recommend buying your tickets in advance.
Your $50 ticket price is tax-deductible through our 501c3 sponsor and it will buy us 312 bricks for Rainaskot.
Gaithersburg, MD USA
Fundraiser for Fund for Lamjung
At the home of Monica Herald
Monica, one of the earliest supporters of Fund for Lamjung visited Nepal in August for the first time. She will share her experiences at her home along with co-founder Natasha Wozniak on September 24th, as she describes what she witnessed in Rainaskot.
Here is a bit about her experience:
“Didi is, after all, a word full of love”
Didi, in Nepali, means “older sister.” Since last June, I’ve been called Didi by someone I’d never met in person until July 29th just a few weeks ago. A person who reminded me that Didi is a word full of love.
For years, terms of endearment have been a thing for me: a hangup, an awkward conversation, a silent relationship killer. You get the picture.
And here, I found myself encountering, engaging, diving into, a language, a people, a culture, where they are common. A place where they are a sign of respect and (potentially) full of love. Read more here
We ask you to make a reservation so that we may plan the Nepali food and drink. You can make a tax-deductible donation at the door with cash, check or credit card in any amount.
Monica also brought back a selection of gifts from Nepal that will be available for purchase with funds going towards the project and sustaining our staff on the ground.
Public Talk at the Park Slope Food Coop
782 Union Street
Co-Founder Natasha Wozniak will talk about the approach and lessons from a year of rebuilding in Rainaskot.
Community Rebuilding through Deep Listening
Can a handful of people scattered across the globe really go against the odds and rebuild a community? In the village of Rainaskot, an earthquake-damaged village on top of a mountain in Nepal, our approach of deep listening and the collaboration with the villagers has allowed our village-wide rebuilding project to move ahead where others have stalled. Through this case study, learn about how our practice of open dialogue and flexibility has sustained the energy and momentum to keep our project moving forward, while bringing to light unexpected challenges and opportunities.
Annual Fulbright Conference
Location and time TBA
Co-founder Natasha Wozniak, an alumna of the Fulbright program in Nepal, will present about the work in Nepal and our approach.
Effective Development through Cultural Understanding
In the earthquake damaged village of Rainaskot, Nepal, a small group of diverse people have been the first to rebuild permanent homes. Through a deep understanding of culture and language abilities, trust and communication are established between the team from the US, Nepal and the villagers. This cultural literacy and deep listening allow a small effort to succeed where the resources of the large INGOs have not. The villagers are empowered as collaborators through the time invested in the listening process, and the communication of their needs to the US donors. Meanwhile, the stories and impetus of the donors is made clear to the villagers and this mutual knowledge increases trust, motivation, and creative solutions on both sides of the equation.
December 31st-January 1st
Gurung Losar Celebration and Opening of Rainaskot
The holiday of Losar marks the new year in Gurung culture. Pending the successful funding of Rainaskot and no further construction delays, we plan to celebrate the completion of rebuilding on this festive and auspicious day in the Gurung calendar.