I am honored and humbled to serve as the President of Nepal Center of North Carolina (NCNC) for the 2022-2023 term. It is a great responsibility, and I vow to put forth all my effort towards the betterment and unification of our community. I want to thank the former Presidents, Board of Directors, Board of Trustees, and community members for their continuous contributions. I firmly believe that with my experience and the dedicated NCNC team, we will continue to play an active role in preserving our culture and heritage for future generations.
Since its inception in 1999, NCNC has focused on continuing cultural programs, festivals, and preserving our language. The celebration of Dashain, Tihar, Holi, Teej, etc., have been events that our community has enjoyed annually. Over the years, we have expanded our efforts to lead several communal programs such as Adopt-A-Highway, a program that helps reduce litter through volunteer engagement and support, and Blood Drives in collaboration with The Blood Connection (Your Community Blood Center). In addition, we would like to prioritize youth sports programs further.
NCNC has a significant history, and we believe our next endeavor is one that seems necessary now more than ever: the establishing of a community center. A space for meetings, gatherings, and the facilitation of Nepali school is essential, and we have been working towards making this a reality. However, this will be our biggest project and can only be possible if we all work together. Therefore, I humbly request all the senior community leaders to unite for a noble cause.
In recent years, the high influx of Nepali people to North Carolina calls for a network comprising several professionals to guide the newcomers and the younger generation. Stress management and reducing the generation gap between parents and their children pose another challenge. We expect our children to quickly adapt to a new environment and often fail to recognize the mental and emotional hurdles they must overcome to assimilate. To minimize the negative impact on their future, we plan to hold events geared towards mental health awareness and stress management.
While it has been a challenging two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have continuously supported all our members in their time of need. Likewise, we must put the utmost priority on the safety and well-being of ourselves and others. Therefore, we will adhere to all guidelines and mandates put forth by the CDC. Although the end of the pandemic is uncertain, our efforts will not come to a halt. Lastly, I would like to share that NCNC welcomes all our community members with open arms for all activities that create positivity to better our community.
Ram ‘RP’ Poudel