First of all, I would like to convey my best wishes to everyone on the auspicious occasion of Vijaya Dashami 2016.
I am happy to lead Nepalese Association of Houston (NAH) for the second term (2016 – 2018) and I am proud of our member volunteers for their continued support and with ‘let’s do it’ attitude for numerous community activities. We organized various programs about every month to bring friends and friends of Nepal living in the greater Houston area together. NAH organized programs included soccer tournament with the participation by nine teams, two blood drives, a movie show, several talk programs, and cultural programs with ‘Suntali Dhurmus’ and Rajesh Hamal and team.
We spent the maximum time raising funds to help the victims of 2015 Earthquake in Nepal last year. We raised a record $181,000. I would especially like to thank US Congressman Al Green (Texas district #9) for helping us to raise this fund. The collected funds have been utilized to reconstruct six schools and a drinking water system in a school in Nepal. Three schools have already been constructed and handed over to the school management and other three schools are on a near completion stage.
In my first-term inaugural speech, in 2014, I had proposed of constructing our own community center. This proposal is closer to becoming a reality. We are in a process of acquiring a 5.25 acre of land near Katy, Texas. NAH will bring out a detailed plan on building the Pashupatinath temple and a community center very soon.
I would like to thank all the sponsors who have supported us financially. Thank you to all the NAH Executives and volunteers for their efforts and dedications towards NAH.
Jyoti K Ghimirey