Fun and Learning at the Himalayan Fair

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A group of Ama Foundation Board Members from the Bay Area enjoyed some serious fun this weekend (May 17-18) at the Himalayan Fair – hopefully we saw some of you there! Our Founder, Shrawan Nepali, served free Nepali chai to all comers, we gave bubble blowers to our youthful guests, and everyone enjoyed eating momos and watching Nepali dancing and …

Join Us for the Himalayan Film Festival!

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Ama Foundation is co-sponsoring the Himalayan Film Festival, along with our many friends at Curry Without Worry, Nepal Youth Foundation, Third Eye Travel and Sahayeta.org, among others. An amazing number of beautiful films are being shown, both on the Opening Night in San Francisco (Friday, May 16) and in Berkeley, in conjunction with the Himalayan Fair, on Saturday, May 17. …

Ama Ghar’s 12th Anniversary Celebration

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Our Founder, Shrawan Nepali, organized a 12th Anniversary celebration during his stay at Ama Ghar in December. We invited our Nepali Board of Directors, who do so much good work for the children, our friends, supporters and neighbors. The children danced and sang, everyone waved Nepali flags, and a wonderful time was had. In his speech, Shrawan Uncle reminded us …

Dashain Tika Day

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On the fourth day of the Dashain holiday, the younger members of a Nepali family are blessed by their elders, who give them “tika” – the combination of red powder and rice that’s applied to their foreheads as a blessing. At Ama Ghar it’s especially important, as the aunties and uncles on the staff carry out this traditional this family …

Gai Jathra Celebration!

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Last week was the week of Gai Jathra, a very special celebration in Nepal. The festival of “Gai Jatra”, the procession of cows, is generally celebrated in the Nepalese month of Bhadra (August-September). The festival of cows is one of the most popular festivals of Nepal. According to tradition, every family who has lost one relative during the past year …

Congratulations SLC Graduates 2013

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As many of you in the Ama Ghar family know, passing the SLC (School Leaving Certificate) Exam is one of the biggest moments in the life of a Nepali child. It’s not possible to proceed to higher education without passing this important milestone. This year we had a smaller group take and complete the School Leaving Certificate exam – our …

The Festival of Colors – Holi!

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Holi is a favorite holiday at Ama Ghar – and in fact, all over Nepal! The celebration, which will start March 27,  lasts for a week, in which the entire country gets covered with colored water… all over Nepal, people are throwing colors and water balloons, locally called “lolas”, on each other. Legend has it that Krishna loved to pull practical …