Greetings NACOC Families,
Welcome to miraculous May!
It’s the 5th month of the year and has 31 days.
The month is named after Maia, a Greek goddess of fertility; thus, it’s a month of new hopes, dreams, and transformation.
Token of gratitude to share:
With this positive note, we are remembering 3 important holidays specific to this month;
Mother’s day, national nursing week , and national bicycle month.
Let's welcome our special guest SRaj Shakya, whose story is connected to all 3 of these holidays. Mr. Shakya is the founder of Kamala Shakya Foundation, which was named after Kamala, a mother of two beautiful children, who was a nurse and still impacting lives years after she is gone.
SRaj Shakya, on behalf of Kamala Shakya Foundation initiated cycling for cause on April 25th, raised fund for cancer awareness, and contributed $3,000.00 fund to NACOC supporting COVID19 relief on present urgency of Nepal.
Let's have a teatime conversation with SRaj.
Tell us briefly about Kamala Shakya Foundation. When it was formed?
Kamala was sick. We were getting overwhelming support from everywhere. People wanted to start a go-fund but she didn’t like the idea. She was a born nurse after all. She rather wished to start something through which she could help many needy people. Knowing her wish I stood by her side. I motivated her. Her wish became my goal, and by the help of well-wishers, dinner was arranged collecting $32,000 that was used towards Kamala Foundation which was formed in May of 2018 as a result of collective effort of entire community of well wishers.
Your “Why”? a story behind your cause.
Kamala was a wonderful woman, a wife, a mother, but more importantly a dedicated nurse. She used to share how she couldn’t help thinking about Nepali women, the mothers and sisters who needed so much help. Making them aware of cervical cancer was a first step towards prevention, which paved a path to further the initiative.
My wish as an individual/ a community person/as a dad?
Peace is my ultimate wish for entire mankind. Mindful living is what I have been practicing and advocating in this life where everyone is in rush. We need to live in present, only then we will be able to live spiritually.
Thus, it’s time to pause and practice mindful living.
Message to those who lost their loved ones.
They may not exist physically but spiritually they are with us. You can find that connection. When I lost her, she actually taught me to find her through spirituality and through art of mindful living. We all are rushing in life, but life is all about living in a present moment and appreciating what we have than lamenting over what we lost.
What keeps you moving? or gives joy?
Meditation. Meditation. Meditation.
I like cycling, walking, or simply living in present. Be happy at what we have right NOW is the secret of my happiness. Also, minimizing desires and ambition help you find answer to many questions if you start to think.
Fun thing about me?
Using camera :) Taking photography makes me forget everything… I also like reading books. I used to read books for her even in hospital bed, but it’s she who always insisted me to take my camera and capture the world.
She used to say, “You simply lit when you hold camera, please keep capturing life through your lenses. She knew what lights me.
Any message to community?
‘Please meditate,’ this is all I want to say. Meditation gives you a key to find all your answers. Also, learn to give. Giving makes you lighter, happier.
I have been helping people to practice meditation. I feel happy sharing what I know and teach others. I do initial orientation, and then go from there. I am glad that people are providing positive feedback how they have been helped to get better sleep, relational issues etc. though meditation. Understanding your breathing can do miracle. I can help or connect to those who can help people in need. I am happy to live simple, meaningful life and find joy in helping others to simplify theirs too.
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.”
― Steve Jobs
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It was established in 2014 to advance and promote the economic environment for business, and to advocate responsive government and quality education, while preserving unique characteristics of Nepalese-American communities.