Numafung in New York Raises US$3,400
Help Nepal Network USA organized a fundraiser for the second time this year on October 3, 2004 at the Roone Arledge Cinema at Columbia University with the screening of Numafung, a feature film about Limbu people of Nepal , directed and produced by Nabin Subba.
The program, attended by more than 200 people raised approximately $3,400 through ticket sales and donations. The net proceeds of the event will go towards supplies and operational costs of the Help Nepal Health Post in Mugu, a remote far-western district of Nepal. A short speech elaborating on the goals, objectives and achievements of Help Nepal Network (HeNN) preceded the movie.
The event generated a lot of interest and appreciation of HeNN’s efforts. The organizers are optimistic that people will respond to their appeals and join HeNN in its efforts by contributing at least one dollar a month. One dollar can go a long way in Nepal and every dollar counts.
The Network is grateful to Columbia University for sponsoring the event. The Network would also like to thank all the volunteers for helping at different levels in promoting, selling and buying tickets and making the event a success.
Special thanks is due to the director and producer of the movie Mr. Nabin Subba for providing the film at a discounted fee.
Earlier in August, HeNN-USA screened Numafung in Boston and raised $1,698 through donation and ticket sales. HeNN held various events around the same time in Sydney , Melbourne , London , Moscow , Venice , Vienna , Paris and Kathmandu to celebrate Help Nepal International Day generating in total about US $14,000 for the Network’s current and future projects.
HeNN takes this opportunity to thank its many supporters and well-wishers around the world. Particular mention must be made of Navin Dhakal who raised $2,700 by completing a 56 KM walk in Canada despite a twisted ankle injury acquired just a week before the walk. Earlier Anil Thapa ran a 42 km marathon in Iceland to raise funds for HeNN.
HeNN has so far raised more than US $65,000 since its founding five years ago mainly from Nepalis and completed over sixteen projects in mostly remote regions of Nepal . Please visit www.helpnepal.net for detailed information.
Help Nepal Network is a registered charitable not-for-profit organization in the United States,the United Kingdom, Australia and Nepal.Informal groups of HeNN are also active in eight other countries.
About the film:
Nepal comprises more than 70 ethnic communities with rich and diverse cultural traditions. Very few Nepali and international films have to date documented the cultures of these various ethnic groups. Nabin Subba’s award winning film, Numafung, is among a few to make such an effort.
The movie highlights the changing lives and ways of the Limbu people, an ethnic minority residing in rural eastern Nepal. It is a story of a young Limbu girl’s struggle with cultural traditions, the impact of local medical practices on her life, and the effect of her actions on her community. The struggles of Numa, the young girl, represent the lives of many other young Nepali women, torn between fulfilling her desires and cultural traditions.