Please welcome and congratulate Shanti Poudyal, Muna Adhikari, Vaskar Timsina, Nabaraj Kadel, and Sheila Kadel on becoming New Lifetime Members of NAFCA as of December 2008. NAFCA has grown: there are now two Patrons Members and fifteen Life Members.
NAFCA Election/Nomination Updates: There are four positions open for NAFCA's Executive Committee for the year 2009. If you are interested in being a NAFCA Executive Committee Member, you must announce your interest and candidacy by either sending a signed letter or email to NAFCA President Uddhav Giri stating your interest in the position. Verbal statements of interest will not be considered valid. If there are more than four candidates, then, there will be a vote by the members of NAFCA during the Dashain Celebration, otherwise, the current Executive Members will nominate the four positions with the simple majority approval of the Board of Directors. Application deadline is Oct. 5th for the NAFCA Executive Committee member position.
NAFCA Fund Drive for the Flood Victim: Immediate emergency assistance is on the way for approximately 170,000 people in western Nepal who have been displaced by the severe flooding that claimed more than 30 lives earlier this month. Flash floods have affected over 24,000 families in the worst hit districts of Kanchanpur and Kailali.
The United Nation and its humanitarian partners have launched a $15.5 million appeal to help 70,000 people in eastern Nepal who have been displaced after heavy monsoon rains caused a dam to break, breaching the eastern embankment of the Kosi River- one of the largest river basins in Asia. The force of the water led to the river changing course, and the resulting flooding has impacted an already vulnerable population. The appeal launched is supplementing a $102 million Transition Appeal for Nepal for 2008, which received less than half of the support needed.
Every dollar you donate will help towards the victims of flood and your donation is tax deductible as NAFCA is a 501c established non-profit organization.
The Executive Committee of NAFCA wants to extend their Thank You to all those people who gave their support and donated money for the flood victims of Nepal. With your help NAFCA has raised $627 so far to assist the flood victims. Those of you who haven't yet contributed to the Nepal Flood Victim Fund, please do your best to expedite your donation as the people could use your help. The last day to donate is during the Dashain 2008 Celebration.
If you would like to donate to support for the Flood Victims of Nepal, please have a check made out to NAFCA. You can drop it at the Registration Desk during the Dashian Celebration or send a check to NAFCA P. O. Box # 878, Davis, CA 95617 no later than October 8, 2008.
November 8, 2008: There will be a Free Immigration Workshop on Saturday, November 8th at Davis Public Library located at 315 E. 14th Street in Davis, CA. If you have any issues, questions or problems on immigration law you would like to discuss - come and participate in a workshop by immigration attorneys. For workshop information, please contact Rudra Sharma, Uddhav Giri, or Basudev Dhakal.
August 2-3, 2008:The First Annual NAFCA Camping and Picnic Program organized by NAFCA on Saturday August 2 and 3 was a great success. There were about sixty participants in the evening and camping out under the stars at beautiful Folsom Lake, CA. Outdoor barbecue, beer, dance and jokes made the evening full of fun. Some of us were up until 2 am sitting by the fire telling jokes and roasting chicken. The NAFCA family sends a very special thanks to the camping and picnic organzers Gajendra Adhikari and Uddhav Giri for making the event exciting and fun.
January 26, 2008: Concert for Cyclone Victims of Bangladesh: Bangladesh's coastal area was devastated by a Category 4 cyclone in November, 2007 that struck with winds of 150mph and left more than 3,000 dead, 900 missing, and 40,000 injured. Crops were damaged on more than 2 million acres of land, more than 1.25 million livestock were killed. A human tragedy is unfolding in one of the poorest nation of the world as more than 8 million people were affected by this devastating cyclone. A charity multi-national concert organized by the Bangladeshis living in Sacramento and Agami, A US non profit 501 (c(3)) corporation will be held on January 26, 2008.
January 15, 2008: Kids Poetry Competition - On the occasion of 1st Anniversary Vishwaparikrama fortnightly Nepali newspaper published from Washington DC announces the kids poetry competition. Poetry written by Nepali kids who are 15 and under years old living in USA and Canada are eligible to participate. The deadline is January 15, 2008. We realize this is a very late notice but this news came to our attention just one day ago.
NAFCA New Executive Members, Board of Directors, and newly enacted Bylaws: Please welcome NAFCA's new Executive Committee Members: President - Mr. Uddhav Giri; Secretary - Mr. Vaskar Timsina; Treasurer - Mrs. Shanti Tamang; Mr. Basu Dhakal and Mr. Tanka Bhattarai; Special Advisor - Mr. Gajendra Adhikari. To read the message from NAFCA's President click here. With the beginning of the new year, NAFCA has now enacted Bylaws 12 and 13. Please also welcome NAFCA's Board of Directors (BOD), the first BOD consists of 9 members.