CFFN Members Bring Aid, Raise Funds in Wake of Earthquake

CFFN is pleased to announce that the organization raised a sum of $2220 to help with Nepal Earthquake relief efforts. This amount will contribute through the Canadian Red Cross Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund. With the Canadian Government matching all donations, we were able to make $4440 worth of impact in Nepal! We would like to make special mention of Jason Dai and Amanpreet Minhas for their generousity.

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MOU with IUCN

A Memorandum of understanding has been signed between Canada Foundation for Nepal (CFFN) Canada and International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) Nepal office to pursue collaborative research in the areas of mutual interest such as sustainable development of Nepal, equitable management and use of natural resources, rural and urban planning, and development and dissemination of knowledge and information. Currently, both parties are working for the publication of a book titled, “Sustainable Rural Livelihood Systems in Nepal”.

CFFN 2012 Annual General Meeting – Report

Canada Foundation for Nepal (CFFN) held its seventh Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Saturday, June 9, 2012 at the Ottawa Citizen Hall Conference Centre. The main aim of the meeting was to review CFFN’s past activities and discuss ideas of how to move forward our agenda for the education and well being of Nepal and Nepalese. Members, their families, guests and those who have an interest in CFFN activities have attended the meeting. Those who could not be in attendance have participated in the meeting through Skype conference call. The event was emceed by, CFFN Executive Secretary Dr. Bishwa Regmi. He also highlighted the AGM program outline.

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CFFN Volunteer of the Year Announcement – 2012 Annual General Meeting

At Canada Foundation for Nepal’s seventh Annual General Meeting, Dr. Govinda Dahal announced that the recipient of CFFN’s 2012 Volunteer for the Year Award is Benjamin Wood. This is an award given to an individual showcasing excellence in helping CFFN spread the light of knowledge.

Ben Wood at the OUN Office

Benjamin Wood at the Open University of Nepal office in Kathmandu, Nepal

Benjamin Wood was chosen for this award for his continued role in shaping the organization, his initiative in overhauling and updating the CFFN website, his contributions to the Open University of Nepal Initiative while in Kathmandu last fall, and fundraising efforts in the form of a Nepal photography book.

He is the first to receive this award twice since the award’s inception four years ago. Past recipients include:

  • 2011: Manju Adhikari
  • 2010: Geeta Thapa
  • 2009: Benjamin Wood

Fraud Warning

It has come to the attention of Canada Foundation for Nepal that there is an individual or individuals using CFFN’s logo, mission statements, writings and general spirit of goodwill to deceive and defraud people of money. Currently, there is a scheme asking Kenyans to apply for a position at Canada Forum for Nairobi by filling out a form and including a registration fee.

Please note this is not official whatsoever and we at CFFN advise anyone offered this opportunity to contact local authorities immediately.

Canada Foundation for Nepal is 100% volunteer-based and do not hire employees. We do not solicit funds in this manner. We currently only have an office in Ottawa, Canada, and only operate out of that office and with select individuals in Nepal.

If anyone comes across more schemes like this one, we would highly appreciate being made aware of it so that we can take appropriate actions.

Thank you,
Canada Foundation for Nepal

Press Release: CFFN Hosts Successful Fundraiser for Early Childhood Education Initiative

Laughing for Mina FundraiserMay 3, 2012 – Ottawa, Canada: Canada Foundation for Nepal, a non-profit organisation working to bring the light of knowledge to the margins of Nepal society, hosted its first fundraiser on Friday, April 27, 2012 at the Rinag Banquet Hall in Ottawa (SEE: Event details).

Over 110 friends of the organisation came out for the Laughing for Mina event, enjoying an evening of comedy featuring an Indian/Nepali dinner. With tickets, drinks, raffle tickets and donations, the event raised funds, all of which will be used to hire and train teachers for two Community Child Care Centres (4C) in rural Nepal villages.

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Press Release: Open University of Nepal (OUN) Planning Workshop

A day-long Planning Workshop for the Open University of Nepal (OUN) Initiative was organized in Ottawa Citizen Hall in Ottawa on 1st August, 2011 as a part of the fourth national conference of Canadian Nepali Diaspora Organization NRN-Canada (See: Photos). CFFN, a partner organization of the initiative, was the main organiser of the workshop. Participants were representing various OUN committees, incoming and outgoing officers of NRN Canada, Canada Foundation for Nepal (CFFN), academic institutions, researchers and community leaders from Ottawa and other parts of Canada.

The meeting focused on consolidation of the progress made to date and planning for pilot academic programs for a possible launch in 2012.  The workshop was organized jointly by NRN Canada and various committees of the OUN Initiative. Dr. Drona Rasali moderated the entire workshop. At the meeting, Dr. Bhojraj Ghimire, Honourable Ambassador of Nepal to Canada emphasized the need to promote the OUN among all stakeholders as the initiative of Nepali Diaspora, which is now supported by the Government of Nepal.

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Press Release: CFFN 2011 AGM Report

Canada Foundation for Nepal held its sixth Annual General Meeting on Friday, July 29, 2011 at the Ottawa Citizen Conference Centre. Members came out to get an update on the organization’s progress over the past year, discuss upcoming projects, and elect a new board. The event was emceed by Executive Member Geeta Thapa.

The annual report was delivered by Executive Director Dr. Pramod Dhakal, who flew back to Ottawa after moving his work on the Open University of Nepal (OUN) Initiative to Kathmandu last January. He spoke of the importance of the role that CFFN continues to play in developing the Open University with the Government of Nepal, the Non-Resident Nepali Association, and Athabasca University. Just before returning to Canada for a three-week stay, it was announced that the OUN Initiative would receive funding as part of the national budget, though the amount was not yet known.

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Press Release: Open University of Nepal-NRN Resolutions

Released by NRN Task Force on Skills, Knowledge and Innovation

Source: NRN SKI

In 5 separate sessions of the SKI workshop, several papers were presented in key plenary and invited sessions by distinguished speakers in key topics. The discussion was held following the comments from the discussants and following resolutions were approved by NRN ICC. NRN SKI task force will take the resolution on board in charting a concrete course of action.

  1. Open University of Nepal
    1. The Open University of Nepal (OUN) is recognised as the Flagship project of NRN.
    2. NRNA acknowledge the long work done by Canada Foundation for Nepal and for bringing the proposal of Open University of Nepal to the NRNA through NRN SKI task force. The hard work and dedication of CFFN contributors is duly acknowledged and we hope for greater collaboration between NRNA and CFFN in advancing the OUN initiative.

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Press Release from Open University of Nepal Workshop held at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada

August 13, 2010, Ottawa, Canada: A workshop on Open University of Nepal (OUN) initiative was organized by Non-Resident Nepali Association (NRNA) and Canada Foundation for Nepal (CFFN, as a follow up to the first workshop held in Houston in May 2010.  Nepal’s Ambassador to Canada, Dr. Bhojraj Ghimire was the Keynote Speaker. Canada’s Athabasca University (AU), a world renowned distance university, sent a team of senior experts in the program in support of the initiative. AU had commissioned Dr. Mohamed Ally, Professor and Director of Distance Education, who is also the founding President of International Association of Mobile Learning, and Troy Tait, Director of Government Relations, to contribute in program development and Dr. Barbara Spronk, an international expert in business development, to contribute towards a comprehensive business plan. The program was attended by more than 50 participants including some leading professionals and academicians from Canada and the USA.

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Press Release: Open University of Nepal-NRNA Houston Decleration – Nepali

गैरआवासीय नेपालीद्धारा हयुस्टन घोषणा पत्र

Source: NRNA | NepaliPost

हयुस्टन – नेपाली पोष्ट प्रतिनिधि
प्रकाशनको मिति ३० मे २०१० १०:२२ बजे

गैरआवासीय नेपाली संघ अन्तरराष्ट्रिय समन्वय परिषदको आयोजना र राष्ट्रि्रय समन्वय परिषदहरु संयुक्त राज्य अमेरिका एवम क्यानाडाको आथित्यमा “नेपालको द्रुदतर विकासका लागि ज्ञान र लगानी प्रवाह” को मुल नारा सहित टेक्सास राज्यको ह्युस्टन शहरमा सम्पन्न यो चौथो गैरआवासीय नेपाली क्षेत्रीय सम्मेलन २०१० ले निम्न बुदा सहित यो घोषणा पत्र जारी गरेको छ ।

उक्त जानकारी गैर आवासीय नेपाली क्षेत्रीय सम्मेलन स्थल हयुस्टनबाट परिषद्द्धारा जारी विज्ञप्ति मार्फत गरेको हो । मे २९ मा जारी विज्ञप्तिका अनुसार घोषणा पत्रमा निम्न बुंदाहरु उल्लेख गरिएका छन् ।

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Press Release: The NRN Flagship Project: Houston Declaration Announces a Proposal for an Open University of Nepal

Houston (USA), May 30, 2010

The Non-Resident Nepali Association (NRNA) held its 4th NRN Regional Conference in Houston, Texas, USA from May 28 to 30. Among several sessions in the conference was a day-long workshop on May 28th on a proposed Open University of Nepal (OUN) initiative which is envisioned as a collaborative project with the Government of Nepal. The Houston NRNA declaration included the Open University proposal as one of the NRNA’s flagship initiatives. Canada Foundation for Nepal (CFFN) would be NRNA’s partner in this proposal. The purpose of the workshop was to bring together some prominent academics and institutional leaders to deliberate the academic, management, and business aspects of creating an Open University for Nepal.

Inaugurating the plenary session of the Regional Conference as well as the workshop, NRNA President Devman Hirachan said, “Knowledge transfer is vital to the overall success of NRN movement, as it is a key area where NRNs can support Nepal. Education was also identified by the NRNA’s Kathmandu Declaration”. He added, “An Open University of Nepal is envisioned as the flagship initiative of NRNA to meet the needs of the marginalized Nepali population.”

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