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Last Updated: Mon, 10.12.12 19:46

'Walk for Nepal' organised in New York

Nepal ko Yuwa (NKY), a global Nepali youth movement, in collaboration with Grassroot Movement in Nepal (GMIN), organised a walkathon called 'Walk for Nepal' (WfN) on December 8 in New York, USA, with the aim to mobilise Nepali diaspora to raise awareness about issues concerning Nepal, and channel meaningful contributions to Nepali charities.

Participants of ‘Walk for Nepal 2012’ organised by 'Nepal Ko Yuwa', an organisation of US-based Nepali youth, in collaboration with 'Grassroot Movement in Nepal' in New York to raise awareness on issues related to Nepal and channel charities, on Dec 8, 2012. Nepalnews.com (Photo: Anil Jung Shah)
Participants of ‘Walk for Nepal 2012’ organised by 'Nepal Ko Yuwa', an organisation of...

Despite the chilly weather, over 150 people marched with Nepali flags at the Flushing Meadow, Corona Park. Nepalis and friends of Nepal from all ages and walks of life embraced the movement whole-heartedly singing and dancing to the songs that evoked memories and love for their homeland, the organisers said.

Seven Nepali charities participated in the walk, raising more than $10,000 for different causes. Ama Foundation, Community Members Interested (COMMITED), Empower Dalit Women of Nepal (EDWON), Empower 1, Grassroot Movement in Nepal (GMIN), Help Nepal Network (HeNN), and Nepalese Children Education Fund (NCEF) raised funds for their social causes. Twenty percent of the funds raised by the partner charities will be allocated to WfN Youth Innovation Fund to award competitive grants to Nepal-based social projects.

NKY had organised a similar event in Boston and Dallas earlier this year and after NYC, has raised a total of about $35,000 from three cities. NKY and Association of Youth Organizations Nepal (AYON) are currently screening projects for the WfN Youth Innovation Fund from 30 applications received. The top ten finalists will be listed for global online voting and evaluated by a jury. The WfN Youth Innovation Fund will be distributed among three winners. nepalnews.com