About The Convention
Association of Nepalis in the Americas (ANA), Association of Nepalese in Midwest America (ANMA), Baltimore Association of Nepalese in America (BANA) and International Nepali Literary Society (INLS) are pleased to inform that we have decided to come together, and hold the 2nd National convention on the 2019 Independence Day weekend in Baltimore, MD. We believe that working together we can serve our community more effectively and efficiently. Our combined effort in identifying the contemporary issues faced by community members and our joint effort in addressing these is the need of our time. Increasing the participation of new generation, providing them with a national platform for discussing the opportunities and issues that they encounter in their everyday life are of paramount importance to us. We need a new vision, a new mission and new programs to cater to the needs of growing communities.
We should focus on helping our community member to succeed professionally, academically and financially. We can be more effective if we forge a working alliance among us. This gives us more bargaining power and strategic strength.
We would like to invite all community members and Nepali social organizations in North America to join hands in a united platform to more effectively serve our community
- Medini Adhikari, President, Association of Nepalis in the Americas(ANA)
- Balram Panthi, President, Association of Nepalese in Midwest America(ANMA)
- Radheshyam Lekali, President, International Nepali Literary Society (INLS)
- Subodha Bilas Panta, President Baltimore Association of Nepalese in America (BANA)
Message from the Prime Minister of Nepal, KP Sharma Oli
The Prime Minister
It is my pleasure to learn that all major organizations of the Nepali diaspora in the Americas are coming together to organize their National Convention for the second consecutive year. I would like to extend my congratulations and best wishes to the organizers, the Association of Nepalis in Americas, for continuing their noble initiative to organize such a huge convention. I appreciate the Baltimore Nepali Association for coming forward to host the gathering from 5 to 7 July 2019 in Baltimore, USA and would like to thank the hosts for that. Over the years Nepalis in Americas have been maintaining their links with their ancestral place of origin. Even in a land far from Nepal and culturally different from that of the Nepalis, the people of Nepali origin are keeping Nepal in their hearts and minds and are in touch with their relatives and friends. In normal times, they have undertaken activities to support the Nepali people. In difficult times, such as during the natural disasters, they have come all the way fro’m their home to stand with us and take care of those in need.
I recall my presence at the convention of the Association of Nepalis in Americas in 2002 in Washington DC. I am delighted that the unity and common effort of different organizations of Nepali diaspora have remained intact. I feel proud you are willing to be connected with the motherland or your ancestral root, which has a pride of place as a peaceful land where the Buddha was born. Let me assure you that in the near future Nepal will have lifted its status from being a least development country. As we head towards achieving the national desire of Prosperous Nepal, Happy Nepali, our socio-economic status is improving, raising new hopes and aspirations for a new Nepal.
I wish the National Convention a grand success.
KP Sharma Oli
8 June, 2019
Message from Delegate Harry Bhandari
It is my pleasure to welcome you to the Nepali National Convention 2019 in Baltimore. As the first Nepalese American to hold any state-level elected office in the country, I am extremely proud to represent our community, which encompasses thousands of hardworking people, all trying their luck in the land of opportunity.
I would like to thank the organizations responsible for this function: Association of Nepalis in the Americas (ANA), Association of Nepalese in Midwest America (ANMA), International Nepali Literary Society (INLS), and Baltimore Association of Nepalese in America (BANA). Without their efforts and cooperation, this event would not be possible.
Representation is a critical issue for any community to succeed. I look forward to supporting the process of integration of immigrants into mainstream America.
While you are here, I also encourage all of you to enjoy this beautiful state, in which I am proud to reside. Maryland is home to such remarkable sites as historic Ellicott City, the Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, the Visionary Arts Museum, and the Baltimore Zoo. In my own home of Baltimore County, there are also the Ladew Gardens and Oregon Ridge which I highly recommend visiting. Please also remember to enjoy some crabs, as well as a Smith Island Cake before you depart our great state.
Have a very productive convention!
Delegate Harry Bhandari Legislative District 8
Message from the Nepalese Ambassador to the US
On behalf of the Embassy of Nepal in Washington, D.C., I would like to extend my warmest greetings to the Association of Nepalese in the Americas (ANA), Association of Nepalese in Mid-West America (ANMA), International Nepalese Literary Society (INLS) and Baltimore Association of Nepalese in America (BANA) for organizing the Nepali National Convention 2019 in the beautiful city of Baltimore on Independence Day weekend (July 5 -7, 2019).
ANA, ANMA, INLS and BANA are pioneer organizations involved in promoting Nepali culture, tradition, and identity. Ever since their establishment, these organizations have been actively engaged in cultivating a closer relationship with different organizations for the greater good of Nepal and Nepali people. This convention is one such example. I am happy to learn that hundreds of key members of the Nepali Diaspora are participating in this convention themed “Unity for Community Development”. I am sure that this convention will help you develop new skills, enhance your experience, and allow you to share ideas with fellow Nepalis. I take this opportunity to commend your role in organizing this convention and promoting the welfare of Nepali community.
Your efforts to bring together Nepalis and promoting Nepal has been overwhelming and gracious. Thank you for these gestures as well as your love for Nepal and your Nepali brethren. I believe that your respective organizations will continue to play an active and meaningful role in advancing the interest of Nepal and Nepali communities in the United States of America in the days ahead.
Once again, I wish you all a great success for the convention.
Dr. Arjun Kumar Karki
24 June, 2019