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NAF hosts Basic Life Support Program


Learn BLS Save Life

This Program is FREE, please RSVP

When: July 13, 2019, 10:00am-12:00pm

Where: 10478 NW 31st Terrace, Miami, FL 33172

RSVP link http://evite.me/ufkCxf7Rd8

The abrupt loss of heart function is called Cardiac Arrest which may happen in a person with or without heart disease. It may happen suddenly or may come with symptoms. It is often fatal if immediate and appropriate steps are not taken immediately. Most of the time it happens outside the health facilities. So, it is very important for the non-medical providers to know the skills and the basics of CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) and AED (Automated External Defibrillator) use in the community.

Basic Life Support (BLS) is the primary medical aid provided to a person in an emergency medical situation. It is important to understand that the objective of BLS is not to 'treat' the person but to buy some valuable time until the emergency medical aid arrives.

AED stands for Automated External Defibrillator. It is a safe and easy to use device that delivers a therapeutic electric shock to the heart as treatment for a victim in Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA).


  • To help understand the basics of CPR .
  • To be able to use the AED.
  • To employ community Basic Life Support (drowning and choking)


Lecture on BLS guidelines

Hands on demonstration with certified instructor using manikin and AED

Venue, Date and Time

10478 NW 31st Terrace, Miami, FL 33172 

July 13, 2019

10:00 am - 12:00 am

This is a FREE event

Donation to cover lunch is appreciated

Happy New year 2076 Bikram Samvat


 Respected Nepalese Community in Florida and beyond, 


On behalf of Nepalese Association of Florida (NAF), I wish a Happy Nepali New Year 2076 and I salute people of Nepalese origin here in Florida and beyond for the ongoing support and guidance which has always energized our beloved organization for unity and strength.

This year’s Nepali New Year in Tampa was yet another grand success. Thanks to Tampa team, Ramailo Tampa, Nepalese Student Association at USF and youth whose dedication and support toward the community is praiseworthy. Thanks to INLS Florida Chapter for hosting poem competition. 

A very special thanks to Ms. Sabita Khanal and Family for the continuation the Nimish Nath Khanal Memorial Cup. The NNK memorial cup, Florida State wide soccer tournament runs during the Nepali New Year Program every year. 

As a leading Nepalese organization of Florida along with other contemporary organizations INLS, Florida Chapter, NCCO, NOA, Florida Chapter, Nepalese Student Association at various universities here in Florida, NAF, together we will give consistency on our proud past of FNA, FANS and United FNA-FANS, their founders and leaders and strive towards best serving our community representing Nepalese in Florida and bring more Nepalese community oriented innovative programs and services.

This year NAF takes pride on co-hosting the Nepali National Convention 2019 in Baltimore during July 4th weekend. As a president of NAF, I will be leading the team of Florida in the convention and encourage all to join the team. I would like to recall that as a president, NAF proudly represented Nepali National Convention 2018 in Chicago, Illinois last year. NAF gives her services not only at home state but also around the globe. 

NAF pays tribute to the victims of massive storm that hit several places in the southern district of Bara and Parsa, Nepal on March 31st, 2019. Thanks to NAF executive member Dr. Nagendra Dhakal who initiated a fund raise to support the victims, and thanks to all donors for the support. Giving back to Nepal by various means during natural calamities and helping the needy are some of our philanthropies.

Whether it is playground equipment for butterfly house kids Kathmandu, or blood drives at home, adopt-a-highway programs or preserving cultures, celebrating festivals or charity for victims, NAF always supports and add to the success stories of Nepalese Association of Florida. 

We want to hear from you. If you have any ideas and praiseworthy programs in your mind, please feel free to share with us. We are here for you and will try to conduct the program as per the community need. Please stay tuned.

Finally, I would like to thank every individual who bought Nepalese community this far. Please stay tuned for the upcoming programs!

Thank you!

Long Live NAF!

Always for the Community

With best regards,

Choodamani Khanal, Ph.D.


Nepalese Association of Florida


New Year 2076 program update


NNK Memorial Soccer

Nimish Nath Khanal Memorial Soccer will be played on the New Year's day (Baisakh 1, 2076 BS, April 14, 2019) starting at 7:30 am at USF Soccer Field.


USF Soccer Field

11600 USF Sycamore Drive

Tampa, FL 33617.

The earlier schedule of Saturday has been changed to Sunday morning upon players request.

Please contact soccer coordinator Mr. Deepak Neupane or Dr. Netra Khanal for details

New Year Picnic


New year Celebration, award ceremony and other fun filled activities starts at 11:30 AM on the New Year's day (Sunday, April 14).


Lettuce Lake Park 

Shelter # 9 and 10

6920 E Fletcher Ave 

Tampa, FL 33617 

Registration fees:
$20 per person (non-member)
$15 per person (NAF member)
$15 per person (Students and Registered Soccer Players)
USF Students- please contact co-host NSA@USF for registration fees
Kids- Free

Parking Fee: $2 per vehicle (upto 8 passengers)

For your convenience, you may pay in advance using this link.

Please make sure to write your name and number of attendees in NOTES. Thank you!


The total head count helps us to organize better so please use the following link for RSVP.



Thank you!

Nepali New Year Celebration

Nepali New Year with NNK Memorial Soccer


Nepali New Year 2076 B.S. is going to be held in Tampa on April 13 and April 14. 

This year NAF is hosting soccer program in memory of Nimish Nath Khanal. The soccer program will be on Saturday April 13 followed by New Year celebration picnic and award ceremony on April 14 (Baisakh 1, 2076). 

Please register your soccer team by March 31, 2019.

For more information on soccer, please contact Deepak Neupane or Dr. Netra Khanal or send and email to NAF.


New Year Picnic Venue: 

 Lettuce Lake Park
6920 E Fletcher Ave
Tampa, FL 33617 

 Soccer Team Registration: $120 per team (or for your convenience, you
may pay individually $12 per player)
Link for Payment both for soccer and Picnic:

Dashain 2018


NAF Annual General Meeting and Dashain Celebration 2018

Let's go Miami- First time in the history of Nepalese Community of the State of Florida has organized a state wide Dashain Celebration in Miami on the following date/time/venue.

The attraction of cultural event is our legendary singer Ram Krishna Dhakal, along with other local talents including Miss Nepal USA 2018 Dilasha Neupane, Pradip K Ghimire, Bhuwan Khanal, Bishal Bharati, Ashok Shrestha, Nabin R Timilsina and many more hidden talents with surprises. Please mark your calendar!

Date: October 27, 2018

Time: 6:00pm-11:00pm


Miami Police Benevolent Association

2300 NW 14th St

Miami, FL 33125

Please click HERE for RSVP

Sports: If you are interested to play Soccer, Tennis or Volleyball, please contact us with your team by Sunday October 7th. 

Explore Nepal 2018

Nepalese association of Florida (NAF) organized the third Explore Nepal on the Memorial Day weekend Sunday, May 27, 2018. The Program was held at the Pegasus Grand Ball room inside the University of Central Florida premise in coordination with the Nepalese Student at the University of Central Florida and Nepalese community in Orlando – Florida.

Explore Nepal- 2018 is the third Edition of such initiative organized by the Nepalese Association of Florida to celebrate the Cultural Diversity, Preserve Nepalese Heritage, and Promote Natural Beauty and Tourism of Nepal among Nepalese and Non- Nepalese living in Florida and beyond.

Around 200 people – Nepalese and Non-Nepalese from all over the Florida participated in the event. It was invigorating to see people from all walks of life dressed in their traditional attire representing Nepalese Culture and Diversity, on a single platform. Whole Program, in fact, represented a mini- Nepal.

Soccer Tournament was the new addition to this year’s Explore Nepal. Three Teams – two from Tampa and one from Orlando Participated in the Tournament. In the closely held final, Tampa- NEPTE won the tournament. Children’s Art Competition saw an overwhelming response from children across Florida. Final selected drawings were displayed throughout the Program and at the end, winners were given prizes. Exhibition of traditional Nepali items was another attraction of the Program. Over 100 typical Nepali items were displayed throughout the Program. The awards and certificates will be distributed during the annual general meeting and Dashain program in Miami on October 27, 2018.

Due to prior commitments, the excellency ambassador of Nepal to the United States Dr. Arjun Karki was not able to attend the program but send us a massage for the success of the event. Likewise the acting President of Non-Resuident Nepali Association National Coordination Council, USA, Mr. Suneel Sah also send us the best wishes. Just a reminder that first and second Explore Nepal program was attended by the then Ambassador and NRN president along with the other distinguished personalities.

The Program hosted by Deep Karki and Pragati Ghimire, started at 3:30 with lighting Diya and National Anthem of Nepal and USA sang by kids of Orlando Pathsala. Dr. Chooda Khanal, President of NAF welcomed all and Mr. Joshua Hanna, Chief Guest of the Program delivered a key-note speech. Short documentary representing Nepal, its natural beauty and cultural heritage was presented along with typical Nepali “LAAKHE Dance” by Saugat Shrestha.

Program also featured unique “singing bowl meditation technique” where audiences experienced a spiritual connection between their mind and body. Talented kids from Orlando Pathsala and “Ramailo” Tampa presented various dance and song shows. Participants played various typical Nepali Instruments. Soothing Flute sound played by Mr. Dev Rai made audience nostalgic. Ladies Team- Tampa presented their wonderful Dance performance in old Nepali song and participants sang various folk and old Nepali songs.

Towards the end of the Program, “LOK DOHARI” song was presented by the teams. People voluntarily came to the stage and danced in the typical Nepali Lok song. Program ended with Dinner and Vote of Thanks by Mr. Bimal Nepal. 


Nepali New Year BS 2075

The Nepalese Association of Florida (NAF) has organized the Nepali New Year 2075 at Lakes Regional Park, Fort Myers Florida on May 14, 20718. The event was attended by more than 200 Nepalese from all over the Florida. The event was with full of activities to protect and promote our unique socio-cultural values especially for those kids born and raised here in USA from Nepalese parent. NAF has been promoting our unique cultures through various social activities like, Sports, Music, Art and other social events.

The New Year celebration stared with Nepali National Anthem by children from Fort Myers, FL. Activities were designed to make all attendees with diverse interest group to get actively involved throughout the day. There was a literature program (poem competition) for those who love literature. Kids participated in various competitive game activities. There was a friendly volleyball competition amongst the group representing different part of Florida such as Miami, West Palm Beach, Fort Myers, Tampa etc. for those who love sport. Friendly cricket match was also played despite the sun. In both the games, Miami team came victorious. Sarita Timsina Khanal and team kept the kids engaged with various kids’ games. The event was energized through live music from different participants now and then throughout the day.

The picnic for the New Year celebration was sponsored by local Fort Myers Nepali Community. Various Nepali cuisines were served throughout the day. Dr. Ghana Shyam Pokharel, Dr. Basu Pudasaini, Dr. Cheban Acharya, Dr. Bishal Rawal and Dr. Yadav Paudel sponsored the picnic. Dr. Chooda Mani Khanal group from Miami Florida brought special Nepali rice Donuts (Sel Roti) and local corns to make the event authentic. 


NAF in Tallahassee


Nepalese Association of Florida (NAF) organized a sports event in Tallahassee FL on Saturday, March 10, 2018. The event was the first of its kind in the history of State organization level of Nepalese community in Florida. A friendly sand volleyball game was played at Tom Brown Park volleyball courts between south Florida and north Florida teams. The competitive game was won by the north team 3-2 in the fifth set. Nepalese community around Tallahassee came to cheer up the teams and greet the visiting players. Mr. Rudra Pokhrel drove all the way from Miami to join the South Florida volleyball team.


An interactive dinner program was organized in the evening at a local restaurant. NAF president Dr. Choodamani Khanal, vice president Dr. Hari Adhikari, Nepal Study Forum and Cultural committee coordinator Dr. Netra Khanal, NAF member at large Dr. Beni Dangi, introduced themselves and spoke about the mission and vision of NAF. A discussion and interaction among NAF officials and local community was the highlight of the evening. The gathering also decided to form a local chapter of NAF in Tallahassee to facilitate future events. Dr. Mitra Khadka has been assigned as a lead coordinator to form the local chapter. The event was closed by a note of thanks from Dr. Dangi to the visitors and local participants. 

NAF Children Art Competition


Nepalese Association of Florida (NAF) is conducting it’s second Children’s Art Competition for kids of Nepali origin living in Florida, USA. This competition is being organized with the aim of using the power of painting to foster the dreams and creativity of today’s young children who will go on to become leaders of tomorrow.

The entrees received for the competition will be exhibited during “Explore Nepal 2018” event scheduled for May 27 in Orlando, Florida. 

The deadline for submitting the entries for the Children’s Art Competition to April 27, 2018.


Any student in Kindergarten through Twelfth grades may participate.

Age Categories

Finalists will be chosen from three levels.

Elementary, Middle, High School

Judging and Winners

A panel of Judges will review entries by three different level.

All finalists’ artwork will be featured in “the Explorer Nepal 2018 “art gallery. There is prize and certificate for First, second and third in each category (Elementary, Middle and High School). All other participants will receive a certificate of participation.


1. Theme:

1. For Elementary level: Any type of flowers. (Artwork can be realistic or abstract.)

2. For Middle level: landmark of Nepal. (Artwork can be realistic or abstract. You may include people and animals in your artwork.)

3. For High level: Anything related to Nepal and Nepalese culture and tradition. (Artwork can be realistic or abstract.)

2. Media and Technique Requirements

Any of the following media or techniques may be used:

Paint (Watercolor, tempera, crayon, pastels, Charcoal, acrylic, oil, etc.)

Oil and acrylics work should be painted on 8x10 canvas.

3.Size: 8inch x10 inch canvas or canvas paper.

4.Entries: One entry per person for all levels.

5.Other: Please do not frame the work.

All entries should be handed to your local NAF representative.

Please contact Children Art Competition Coordinator or Nepal Study Forum Coordinatior Dr. Netra Khanal for more information. 

Any artwork that depicts copyrighted images will be rejected. All artworks must be original ideas and created entirely by the student.

We hope you will encourage your kids to participate in the program and provide them an opportunity to express their creativity.


Anjana Thapa Paudel.

Program Coordinator

NAF Children Art Competition 2018


Nepal’s Earthquake and Flood Victims’ Relief Fund Management

Task Completion of Fund Disbursement and Project Monitoring (FDPM) Committee

The Fund Disbursement and Project Monitoring (FDPM) Committee’s tasks of disbursing the disaster relief fund and monitoring all funded 

projects during the time of Nepal’s massive earthquake during 2015 (and flood during 2017) have been completed recently. The FDPM

Committee was formed by then United FNA-FANS Central Executive Committee during the time of 2015 massive earthquake in Nepal with a 

mission to provide the relief for the victims of earthquake that killed and injured thousands of people leaving a big population as homeless.

The FDPM Committee, in my coordination, distributed the total fund of $41,000 for earthquake victims and $600 (in bullet number 8 below) for flood victims to the following eight organizations in order to help the real victims. 

1. Providing Temporary Shelters in Different Districts; Down Syndrome Society, Nepal, Kathmandu ($8,000)

2. Empowering Community through Miteri Community Learning Center (MCLC) in Kavre; Action Works Nepal, Lalitpur ($5,000)

3. Providing Roofs for Earthquake Victims of Kathmandu; Chhatrapati Free Clinic, Kathmandu ($6,000)

4. Providing Clothes and Logistics to Musahars in Mahottari District (through Dhurmus-Suntali Foundation); Nepalese Community Center Orlando, Orlando, Florida ($8,000)

5. Reconstructing Mahendra Leela Higher Secondary School by New Roofs; Mahendra Leela Higher Seconday School, Gorkha ($5,000)

6. Reconstruction of Classrooms in Shree Kalinag Higher Secondary School; Kalinag Higher Secondary School, Dolakha ($4,000)

7. Construction of Two-Room Block in Bagh Bhairab Lower Secondary School, Dhading; Kadam Nepal, Dhading ($5,000)

8. Madi Municipality, Madi, Chitwan ($600)

The relief funds were awarded based on the proposal evaluation scores provided by FDPM Committee members (except for project number 7 above) where the projects were monitored until their completion. The grantees were required to submit satisfactory mid-term report in order to receive the second installment of the fund. The final report was also required to submit to the FDPM Committee that included the following members: Dr. Bidya Raj Subedi (coordinator), Dr. Sharada Ram Bhandary, Dr. Archana Kattel, Mr. Dharma Khanal, Mr. Krishna Shrestha, Dr. Choodamani Khanal, and Mr. Ram Rai. 

In addition to earthquake relief funds, a fund of Rs. 61,800 (awarded to the project #8 in the list above) was disbursed to the representative(s) of the flood victims of Madi Municipality, Chitwan, Nepal. A brief program was held to handover the fund to Mrs. Ganga Belbase, a resident of Madi Municipality (photo provided below). 

Finally, I would like to thank all the individual donors, FDPM Committee members, NAF and then United FNA-FANS presidents as well as those who provided direct and indirect assistance to complete the disaster relief projects. I would also like thank the grantee organizations for their persistence and sincerity in completing the funded projects timely. Happy New Year 2018!

Dr. Bidya Raj Subedi (coordinator)

West Palm Beach, Florida



Message from the President



Respected Nepalese in Florida and Beyond,

Namaste and Happy New Year 2018!

On behalf of Nepalese Association of Florida (NAF), I salute people of Nepalese origin here in Florida and beyond for the ongoing support and guidance which has always energized our beloved organization for unity and strength. We thank you for your trust on our leadership and giving us an opportunity to serve the Nepalese community here in Florida and beyond.

NAF is a leading Nepalese organization of Florida and together we will give consistency on our proud past of FNA, FANS and United FNA-FANS, their founders and leaders and strive towards best serving our community representing Nepalese in Florida. As a true crusader of NAF, we are committed not only on giving continuity to the past but also bringing more Nepalese community oriented innovative programs and services.


Not only in Florida, we believe on giving back to Nepal as well during natural calamities and catastrophes. Be it the bitter Earthquake of 2015 or the recent flood of Eastern Terai, NAF came forward to help support the people affected. Thanks to the donors who came forward to help those victims. Yes, we believe in action and all our program reflects our dedication towards the great service always placing the Nepalese community first. Service to the community, no matter where, is our motto, and will remain as our guiding principle.

We have diverse group of people in the executive board with expertise in social service. We are proud to have advisers like Dr. Shailendra Shukla, Mr. Pramod Sharma, Dr. Hem Chataut, Dr. Jay P. Sah and our immediate past president Mr. Ram Sharan Thapa.

At this moment please join me in saluting all our former presidents Tirtha Mali, Rajeeb Lamsal, Dr. Dharma Acharya, Ajaya Satyal, Dr. Bijaya Kattel, Dr. Khushiram Tiwari, Sundar Joshi, Sanjaya Bajrachraya, Dr. Archana Kattel, Bimal Nepal, Bikash Devkota and Ram Sharan Thapa and their respective officers for serving our beloved organization during their tenure with dignity and pride to bring us all to this current height. 

This year’s major events are, Nepali New Year Celebration in Lakes Regional Park, Fort Myers on April 14; Third Explore Nepal at Pegasus Ballroom, UCF Orlando on May 27; and the Dashain Celebration in Miami on October 27. Please mark your calendar.

Like the last several years, we keep on balancing our organization with programs in preserving and promoting Nepali language, literature, culture, religion, festivals and community-oriented. The new generation will surely notice our local Community services, giving back to Nepal, Dashain/ Tihar, Nepali New year, Blood Drives, Adopt-A-Highway programs, Explore Nepal (promoting Nepal targeting non-Nepalese audiences) and much more. They are sure to learn the value of friendship and ancestries something they are always proud of.

We want to hear from you. If you have any ideas and praiseworthy programs in your mind, please feel free to share with us. We are here for you and will try to conduct the program as per the community need. Please stay tuned.

Finally, I would like to thank each and every individual who bought Nepalese community this far. 

Long Live NAF

Always for the Community

Dr. Choodamani Khanal


Nepalese Association of Florida

Current Executive Board (2017-2019)

Dr. Chooda Mani Khanal (President)

Dr. Hari Adhikari (Vice President)

Dr. Pragati Ghimire Aryal (General Secretary)

Ms. Manju Malla (Treasurer)

Mr. Nabin R Timilsina (Information Secretary)

Member at Large

Dr. Beni Dangi (Tallahassee)

Mr. Sagun Joshi (Tampa)

Dr. Nagendra Dhakal (Orlando)

Ms. Sharmila Pant (Port Saint Lucie)

Dr. Ghana Shyam Pokharel (Fort Myres)

Dr. Rajendra Paudel (Miami)

Nepal Study Forum and Community Forum Coordinator

Dr. Netra Khanal

Advisory Committee

Dr. Shailendra Shukla 

Mr. Pramod Sharma 

Dr. Hem Chataut 

Dr. jay P. Sah 

Mr. Ram Sharan Thapa 

Event Updates


NAF annual meeting and Dashain -Tihar 2074 Celebration


NAF annual meeting and Dashain -Tihar 2074 Celebration

Press Release

We are happy to share this good news that NAF has successfully celebrated her 25th anniversary during the Dashain and Tihar Program on October 7, 2017 at West Palm Beach Florida. About 240 Nepalese from different cities of Florida attended the program. The program was held at American Polish Club in the city of Greenacres. The annual meeting was followed by Nepali Cultural Program and then live performance of 4M musical band from Atlanta. All the past presidents were invited to celebrate the Silver Jubilee of the Association. Keeping our tradition the most popular sports in Nepalese community, soccer and tennis tournaments were also included to the program. The printed version of NAF newsletter "INDRENI" was also published on this occasion.

The program started 4:00 pm with the onsite registration. Mrs. Anila Neupane hosted the business session of the program.Chief guest Mr. Promod Sharma inaugurated the program by lighting the Deep in Diyo. Past Presidents Mr. Tirtha Mali, Mr. Rajeev Lamsal, Dr. Dharma Acharya, Dr. Bijaya Kattel, Dr. Khusi Ram Tiwari, Mr. Sanjay Bajracharay, Dr. Archan Kattel, Mr. Bimal Nepal and Mr. Bikash Devekota were also present in the program. The West Palm Beach Bhajan group led by Mrs. Sunita Shrestha and Mrs. Mithu Joshi performed Durga Puja and Arati. After the puja West Palm Beach Pathsala kids sang Nepali and US national anthem. The sitting President Mr. Ram Sharan Thapa welcomed and presented the Dashain-Tihar greeting to all the guests on behalf of NAF.
First President of Florida Nepalese Association (FNA) Mr. Tirtha Mali talked about the establishment of organization in 1992 and highlighted its achievements. Founding President of Florida Association of Nepalese Society (FANS) Mr. Bimal Nepal and the Past President Mr. Bikash Devekota (United FNA-FANS) also shared few sentences about the activities of the association in the past.

The other important part of the program was to recognize the members of Earthquake Relief Fund Collection and Disburse Committee of 2015 formed by United FNA-FANS (now NAF). The committee collected $180,000 and sent to Earthquake victims of Nepal through different volunteering organizations. Mr. Krishna Shrestha, Dr. Bidya Subedi, Mr. Ram Sharan Thapa, Mr. Bikash Devekota, Mr. Binod Basnet, Mr. Jhanak Thapalia, Dr. Sharada Bhandari, Mr. Rajeev Lamsal and Dr. Chooda Khanal were in the committee.

Information Secretary Dr. Amar Karki introduced all the Past Presidents and their teams and also presented their major achievements. General Secretary of Nepalese Association of South East America (NASEA), Mr. Krishna Shrestha introduced NASEA and explained its relationship to NAF. Mr. Krishna Shrestha also talked about the Adopt-A-Highway program in which NAF recently signed a contract with the Department of Transportation of Florida to remove the litter four times a year on the side of the segment of 1.5 Miles of Forest Hill Blvd.
The oath ceremony for the new Executive Committee members was conducted by ANEC Chair Mr. Rajeev Lamsal in the presence of other ANEC members Dr. Bidya Subedi and Mr. Rajendra Shrestha. New President Dr. Chooda Khanal delivered his acceptance speech and introduced his Executive Members Dr. Hari Adhikari (Vice President), Dr. Pragati Ghimire Aryal (General Secretary), Ms. Manju Malla (treasure) and Mr. Nabin Timilsina (Information Secretary). The business hours ended with the vote of thanks by event coordinator Dr. Amar Karki.
The medals and trophies were distributed to the Tennis tournament winners (Mr. Chandan Shrestha and Dr. Adarsh Shrestha) and the runner up (Mr. Deepak Adhikari and Mr. Ashok Shrestha) and junior tennis tournament participants, Sarah Thapa,Shreya Joshi, Saugat Shrestha, Deep Adhikari, Ashish Amatya, Presha Shah and Etasha Shah by Dr. Sharda Bhandari and to the Soccer tournament winners (Tampa Nepalese Team, Captain Suraj Poudel) and runner up (Orlando Nepalese Team, Captain: Sanam Rai) by Dr. Bijaya Kattel. Mr. Parbat Joshi and Mr. Binod Basnet coordinated the Tennis and Soccer tournament.
A special issue of NAF newsletter “INDRENI” has been published on the occasion of Silver Jubilee of Nepalese Association Florida (NAF). The newsletter contains NAF history with the information about its establishment as Florida Nepalese Association (FNA) in 1992 and its journey through the unification of FNA and FANS (United FNA-FANS) to all the way to getting its present name Nepalese Association of Florida (NAF) in 2015. It also contains interesting news, greetings, arts and literatures. Some of the articles are very interesting and useful to our kids. Dr. Archana Kattel led the publication team. The copies of printed version were distributed during the program. If you do not have your copy please contact Mr. Ram Thapa.
The cultural program coordinated and hosted by Mr. Krishna Shrestha and Dr. Niraj Shrestha started at sharp 8 pm. There were performances by the local talents of different age groups. There were jaw dropping dance performances on Fantastic Wonderful by Aaron, Jasmin and Pranav, on Kalo topi by Miami Pathsal kids and on Mix Melody by WPB Pathsala kids. Yuvan Bhandari sang the song Jaha chhan Buddha ka aankha while Carolyn Shah presented two beautiful songs Lappan Chhapan and Thamel Bazar. Aiden Shrestha, Trisha Chapagain, Hrit Khanal, Hirman Khanal and Ryan Chakra Chailagain also presented their creation. After the performance by our local talents the 4M band took over the stage and rocked everybody. People fully enjoyed the live performance by the band until 11 pm.
The food was served by Namste Grill, a restaurant run by a Nepali team at Stuart, Florida. Typical Nepali foods were there in the menu. The fund for the food, hall, band and sound system were collected from the event fees and donation from our community members. A lot of community members, past presidents, local businesses and the organizing team donated money to support the expenses. NEPA Wholesale cosponsored the event with $700. Organizing team is very grateful to all the donors, volunteers, performers, players and guests without whom the event wouldn’t be successful.
Thank you.
Amar Karki
Event Coordinator
NAF Silver Jubilee and Dashain iTihar Celebration

"Thank you, all!" Immediate past president Mr. Thapa


Respected Community Members,

On behalf of Nepalese Association of Florida, NAF, I would like to take this opportunity once again to wish you a Happy Deepawali 2074! Hope, you have this holiday season filled with peace, prosperity and happiness.

Nepalese Association of Florida (NAF) celebrated her 25th Anniversary and Dashain-Tihar 2074 on October 7, 2017 with more than 250 members of the Nepalese community from different cities of Florida. The event was organized with the help of the Executive Committee Members, the Silver Jubilee committee members, and the volunteers. You all deserve the praise for making this event a successful one. Thank you all.
I would like to extend special thanks to the chief guest Mr. Pramod Sharma, the Founding President of FNA Mr. Tirtha Mali and the past Presidents Mr. Rajeeb Lamsal, Dr. Dharma Acharya, Dr. Bijaya Kattel, Dr. Khusi Ram Tiwari, Mr. Sanjay Bajrachrya, Dr. Archana Kattel, Mr. Bimal Nepal and Mr. Bikash Devkota for their participation in this event.
My appreciation goes to West Palm Beach Pathsala students for singing the Nepali and American National Anthems. Equally, I am thankful to the cultural program performers. Also, I would like to thank tennis and soccer teams for your participation. My special thanks are due to Mrs. Anila Neupane for MC and Dr. Amar Karki for AGM coordinator, and Mr. Krishna Shrestha and Dr. Niraj Shrestha for coordinating the cultural program.
My appreciation goes to the sponsors of the program without whose support it would not have been possible. The main sponsors were: Bijay Shrestha (Nepa Wholesale), Dr. Birendra Bhattarai, Vic Patel (united Wholesale Orlando), Mr. Dharma Khanal, Hitesh Matalia (10th avenue Discount Liquor), Dr. Chakra Chaulagain and many other individual contributors. These sponsorships supported a major part of the 4M Band artists’ expenses. Also, I would like to express my sincere thanks to the Abi Kattel Memorial Foundation for sponsoring the soccer tournament with running trophy, trophies, and medals with other help.
All this grand success would not have been possible without the hard work of the executive committee members, advisors, and many volunteers. All volunteers put up their time and energy to make it happen. Special thanks are due to Dr. Archana Kattel and the team for 25th Anniversary Edition of Indreni; Parbat Jee, Jhanak Thapaliya, Kiran Pandey and Rishi Gautam for Hall decoration; Dr. Amar Karki and Krishna Shrestha for fund raising; Binod Basnet and Parbat Joshi for sport coordination (tennis and soccer); Sunita Shrestha; Mithu Joshi, Susila Karki and Sharmila Thapa for Puja and Arati arrangement. Thank you, Gopesh Maskey for shopping help.
Volunteers Dr. Hari Adhikari, Dr. Pragati Ghimere, Manju Malla, Anil Malla, Junior Malla, Laba Neupane, Dinesh Khatiwada and Sabin Shrestha for registration, and many more volunteers for various different tasks were praiseworthy. Many of you took the lead role in coordinating various topics such as sports, cultural program, registration, food, and more that I appreciate.
My term as a president of the NAF (2015-2017) officially completed on October, 7, 2017. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve as the president, with my team, of this great organization. My tenure would not have been successful without the constant support and encouragement from my executive board members, advisors, ANCE team and the entire Nepalese Community here in Florida. During my tenure, we entered into ‘Adopt-a-Highway’ program with Florida Department of Transportation for maintaining of 1.5 miles of roadsides by cleaning the trash. I would like to thank you all for your support and participation. My entire executive committee members have devoted their valuable time to serve the community through this association.

I would like to thank Election Commission Members, Mr. Rajeeb Lamsal (chair), Dr. Bidhya Subedi, and Mr. Rajendra Shrestha for taking care of the election and welcoming new committee. I would like to extend my congratulations and best wishes to the new executive committee of NAF.

Once again, I would like to express my sincere thanks to you all volunteers for your hard work in putting together this 25th Anniversary and Dashain celebration of NAF, with live 4M Band, and made it a grand success.
I would not have been able to perform without strong support of my wife Sharmila and daughter Sarah. I thank them with love from bottom of my heart.
Thank you all for your participation and support. I wish nothing but the best for NAF.
Ram Sharan Thapa
Nepalese Association of Florida (NAF)
Immediate past president

Material Request for Indreni

Dear Nepalese Community in Florida and beyond,

Namaskar and Happy holidays!

Once again, I would like to thank all Nepalese community in Florida for giving us an opportunity to serve in the executive board of this prestigious organization NAF. Our president is still in process of completing the advisory board of NAF and on behalf of president and our entire team, we assure you to give full plan of action in our upcoming newsletter Indreni.

We would also like to share you that the executive board meeting held last week has nominated five distinguished personalities as advisers of NAF. Thanks to Dr. Shailendra Shukla, Mr. Pramod Sharma, Dr. Jay P. Sah, Dr. Hem Chataut, and Mr. Ram Sharan Thapa for your support as an adviser to strengthen the Nepalese community in Florida. We will soon release the annual program calendar of NAF.
At this point, I would like to request respected Buba Ama, Daju Bhai, Didi baihini, friends, entrepreneurs and all to send your material to publish in the next issue of our quarterly Newsletter "INDRENI". Indreni is scheduled to be published on December 31st, 2017, and would like to request for material no later than December 25. We apologize for the short notice. As you know this newsletter is serving as a medium of sharing your ideas, news, creations, success stories, experiences etc with Nepalese in Florida any beyond. Sometimes we have something which we never feel of importance to share with our community but that could turn out very helpful to them. Many of you have been contributing to this project in various ways in the past. We need more. So please send us any kind of materials you have that could be about yourself, family or society. Nothing is unimportant. Please encourage your kids to send us their creation. You send pictures, writing or videos of events and arts. I would appreciate if you send these materials by December 25 by replying this email or to nabintimilsina@hotmail.com. The publisher reserves the right to edit or not to publish your material as is.

Thank you very much in Advance. Looking forward to getting something from you soon.

Nabin Timilsina
Information Secretary
On behalf of Executive Committee, NAF

Executive Board of NAF 2017-2019
Dr. Chooda Mani Khanal (President)
Dr. Hari Adhikari (Vice President)
Dr. Pragati Ghimire Aryal (General Secretary)
Ms. Manju Malla (Treasurer)
Mr. Nabin Timilsina (Information Secretary)

Member at Large
Dr. Beni Dangi (Tallahassee)
Mr. Sagun Joshi (Tampa)
Dr. Nagendra Dhakal (Orlando)
Ms. Sharmila Pant (Port Saint Lucie)
Dr. Ghana Shyam Pokharel (Fort Myres)
Dr. Rajendra Paudel (Miami)

Adopt-A-Highway Clean-Up

This appreciation was long overdue.  Let’s give a big shout out to the following respected community leaders who joined hands for the 3rd round of cleaning the highway of Forest Hill Boulevard on April 29, 2018.

1. Ram Thapa

2. Sunita Shrestha

3. Bidya Subedi

4. Amar Karki

5. Manoj Joshi

6. Prakash Shah

7. Prisha Shah

8. Itasha Shah

As per the contract with the Adopt-A-Highway program of Department of Transportation in Palm Beach County, we are mandated to routinely clean this segment of highway. Our next round of clean-up will be on last Sunday of July 2018. Please let us know if you will be able to join us.

Again, thank you for your continued support!

Warm Regards,

Nabin R Timilsina
Information Secretary – Florida Nepalese Association (NAF)

NAF Videos

2017-2019 Executive Board Oath Ceremony

NAF Documents

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Meeting Minutes- Oct 15 2017 (docx)


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