|in some creative and fun activities. “We would like them to prepare a NAFA logo which we can use for all functions,” he said excitedly,
describing the logo size as about 20 ft. by 10 ft. “They are going to paint their ideas about Nepal, and express that in the logo. The tentative date
is September 5th. “
NAFA’s fund-raising events will also be continued and added to some more, if possible. “In the past, we participate in BratFest and gift-
wrapping; we’ll continue to do that and this year, on Aug. 22, we’ll have a fund-raising dinner, and it’s going to be at Wilmar Community Center
on Jenifer St. It’s going to cost $3 each at the door. It’s going to be good food, served buffet style. We might incorporate some cultural
activities, songs and dance. We’ll have volunteers, too. So that’s to give you some idea on what we’re trying to do.” (This event was another
Most recently, NAFA also organized a deusi and bhailo program, whereby a group of singers/dancers visited Nepali American homes
during Tihar, a big festival following Dashain, to offer prosperity during this occasion. As a Nepali custom, the visitors were offered money and
food. Proceeds raised from this event went to NAFA coffers for its educational and cultural programs.
Ranabhat is definitely meeting his challenges as new NAFA president with an extraordinary commitment. Asian Wisconzine salutes Ranabhat
for his efforts to strengthen the only Nepali American association in Dane County and make its programs focus on its members’ cultural, social,
and spiritual well being.
Shreedhar Ranabhat immigrated to the U.S. in 1985 after completing high school in Nepal. He first joined the family of his brother-in-law,
Krishna Sijapati, who was then taking his Ph.D. Focused on getting an education, he worked during the day and went to night school at
Lakeland College. He completed his masters in urban planning in 1995, and worked in the area of land use and housing. In the last five years,
Ranabhat has been working for the Wisconsin Housing and Development Authority (WHEDA).