Friends of Nepal - New Jersey
Friends of Nepal - New Jersey


2017 Humanitarian Project visit personal Stories from the group. 



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Marcel Gorka, RVCC Rotaract club member who is participating in the Nepal Humanitarian Trip.

From a young age Marcel felt the need to help others. In the seventh grade he would volunteer at his church, becoming a tradition of service that continued through high school and into college. Now a student of social science at Raritan Valley Community College, he also works with children at the local YMCA. His studies and work augment the love of helping others.

After a chance encounter with Dr. Tulsi, Marcel learned of a greater opportunity to impact the lives of others. Till now Marcel’s giving focused on his local community. Through the Friends of Nepal - NJ Marcel is embarking on a journey to help those in need across the globe. Joining the Asha Project he will help bring hope back to Nepal. Asha, which means hope in Nepali, provides relief to people in Nepal by not only providing micro credit loans to hard working people throughout Nepal, but by organizing volunteers, like Marcel, to help rebuild homes destroyed in the massive 2015 earthquake. Most of the nation was affected and many people still need homes, and children desperately need schools. Marcel and the Asha Project will bring them much needed supplies for schools and homes.

Marcel will soon go to Nepal and make connections that will last a lifetime. As Marcel said, “I am very excited to go to Nepal and experience their rich culture, to see Mount Everest from a distance, and meet new and exciting people.”

Friends of Nepal - NJ is grateful to Marcel and our other volunteers for their commitment to improving the lives of people in Nepal. If you would like to contribute, like Marcel, please reach out to the Asha Project at to find out more about how you can make a difference.

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For a Stronger Family


For a Bright Future


 For a Prosperous Future

Educating our Future Generation

We believe every child should have access to quality education. We provide scholarships, teacher trainings and provide school resources. 100% of online donations go to FONNJ programs.


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FONNJ provides education, health and micro-Credit and Women Empowerment projects to poor communities in Nepal who have little or no other access to these vital services. Our programs also include social services and cultural preservation.

FONNJ's projects are developed in direct response to the needs and aspirations of the local communities we serve. The projects range from a large micro-Credit project in Nepal to small dispensaries, from scholarships to 150 children to scholarships for higher education for young women, from helping village grandmothers become self supporting to helping for the abandoned elderly.

Our beneficiaries range in age from young children to the elderly. We give special attention to the education, cultural preservation and empower women.

Over 50 projects have been accomplished since 1990, and more than 70,000 beneficiaries are served annually.

Please learn more about our projects through this website. More details on individual programs can be found under Projects.


Under the joint sponsorship of Business Professional Women of Patan, Friends of Nepal-New Jersey (FONNJ) and Rotary  District 7510, started distributing goats in Patan area. 30 goats were distributed to families living in villages outside of Kathmandu. It brings me great pleasure to report on the success of the Micro-credit Goat Distribution and to know that the reciprocal nature of this program will continue to grow with each generation of newborn goats.  
As of 2016 we have distributed more than 100 goats in Nepal and many baby goats have been given to second waiting gamilies.



Goat Distribution 2011-14  $8200
Scholarship funds provided to Rotary club of Patan to start memorial scholarships for Laxmi Maya and Savitri Pradhan  2011-14 $14000 
Micro-Credit Project in Collaboration with Rotary club of Mahabouddha  2010 $15,000
Yang Memorial Scholarships with Rotary Club of Himalaya Patan  2010-13  $8000
 Mustange Library Project - Library Construction  2010  $2000
 Digital Divide Computer Labs - Rotary Club of Patan ( Rotary Grant)  2007-10  $32,000
Library Project in collaboration with Himalaya Patan Rotary   2011  $18,000
 Water Fileter Project in collaboration with Rotary Club of Yala  2011  $18,200
 Bal Kumari School Scholarship for 85 students   2011-15  $20,000
Cerebal Palsey school project in collaboration with Rotary club of Himalya Patan an Branchburg  2011  $20,000
Scholarship funds for Palpa School    2012-14  $4,000
Rotaract Youth Support  2012-16  $1250
 Ambulance House Project in Janakpur  2012  $4,000
 Solar Project (Rotary Matching grant)   2012 $24,000
Water filter grant for Gorkha in cooperation with the Gorkha Foundation  2014  $18,000
Women Health Project 2015 96,000
Special need children Vocational Project 2015 32,000


2016-17 Projects
Micro credit Project 100,000
Health Project in Makwanpur 95,000
Khkana Micro Project  45,000


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