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Sunday, January 12th, 2014
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Winners of the third USA-Nepal Humanitarian Awards were felicitated in Lalitpur on Friday. Rotary District 7510 USA, Nepal District 3292 and the Friends of Nepal-New Jersey recognised the contributions of  Dhurba Bahadur Raut, Daya Ram Maharjan, Hari Man Shrestha, Uttam Sanjel, the Rotaract Club of Dharan Ghopa and Chuhunumunu Communication for their dedicated service across cross cutting issues of health, education and youth leadership.

Tulsi Maharjan, District Governor of Rotary International District 7510 in the US, said that this year’s winners’ achievements echo with the Rotary Club’s motto of turning passion into action. “We wanted to recognise these ordinary people who do extraordinary things. They’ve spent their own time and money to better humanity,” he said.

US Ambassador to Nepal Peter W Bodde presents USA-Nepal Humanitarian Award to Daya Ram Maharjan.

US Ambassador to Nepal Peter W Bodde presents USA-Nepal Humanitarian Award to Daya Ram Maharjan. (PIC: Hariz Baharudin)

The governor highlighted the efforts of  Dhurba Bahadur Rahut, who spent 26 years volunteering to help cancer patients, and Daya Ram Maharjan, who sheltered blind children at his institute out of his own expense He also mentioned Mr Uttam Sanjel, who started a public tertiary institute with Rs 100 tuition fees.

Established in 2008, the USA-Nepal Humanitarian Awards highlights individuals or organisations that have made significant contributions of leadership or service to improve or enrich the lives of people in Nepal. The awards this year are held in conjuction with the 23rd anniversary of the humanitarian collaboration between the Rotary Districts and the Friends of Nepal-New Jersey.

Award winners:

Uttam Sanjel – Education
Rotaract Club of Dharan Ghorpa – Youth Leadership
Mr Hari Man Shrestha – Cultural Heritage
Mr Dayaram Maharjan – Community Service
Mr Dhurba Bahadur Raut – Health Service Cancer Relief
Chhunumunu Publication – Communication and Children Welfare

Toh Ee Ming and Hariz Baharudin

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