The Society of American Nepalese Nurses (SANN) organized an “International Nurses’ Day”celebration on May 11, 2013 in the Washington D.C Metro area. The program was a grand success due to a great support from media and encouraging participation of community members. SANN would like to express its sincere thanks to Nepal’s ambassador to the US, Dr. Shankar P. Sharma, as the chief guest speaker of the program. We would also like to thank Nepal’s embassy staff, the distinguished speakers, community members, representatives of different organizations. SANN would like to express our sincere gratitude to Sagarmatha TV,,,,,, Vishwo Parikrama, American Nepal TV, and all other media friends for publicizing our message to the community. The success was not possible without media support for the program. We would like to thank to Ghar e Kabab restaurant, Rajaji restaurant and SANN’s volunteers for providing delicious food.

The program was inaugurated by the ambassador of Nepal Dr. Shankar P. Sharma by lighting the traditional panas (Panas ma Batti balera) as a great tribute to the “lady of the lamp” Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. Ambassador Dr. Sharma, the chief guest of the program, praised the program as one of the most efficiently managed, well organized and informative functions. Guest speakers Ms. Madhavi Basnet Karki (topic: nursing profession in legal aspects), Mr. Rajendra Chhetri (topic: health resources available in the county), SANN’s adviser Dr. Maheshwor Baidya (topic: recent advances on Blood pressure and also highlight about Florence Nightingale), SANN’s adviser Ms. Rits Tiwari (topic: SANN’s prospective on partnering with other organizations), founding member of SANN Ms. Padma Shakya (topic: nursing prospective past and present) delivered their thoughts and ideas in those specific subject matters. SANN received greetings from its Board of Advisers who were not present in the program: Bibha Gautam, Ph.D. nursing (Texas), Sita Devkota, RN (California), Dr. Ganga Mahat, (professor in nursing, New Jersey), Ms. Renu Sharma, RN (Florida), Dr. Guna Raj Subedi (Virginia), Dr. Umesh Sharma (cardiologist and post doctoral fellow, Harvard, Boston). Those messages were read out by the executive members of SANN: Indira Shrestha, RN, Laxmi Sharma Regmi, RN, Ranju Dahal, RN, and Smriti Shahi, RN. SANN would like to express our sincere appreciation to advisers and all the speakers in the program.

SANN recognized Mr. Hari K. Sharma, CPA for volunteering to register SANN, Mr. Ashok Bhadel for crafting SANN’s logo and Mr. Shishir Khadka for SANN’s web design. The chief guest awarded the plaques to all of them. SANN greatly appreciated two highly motivated elementary school students, Bikram Raj Timsina and Nimisha Timsina, who raised close to $600.00 in supporting Senior Citizen Home project in Nepal coordinated by SANN through Walk for Nepal on April 14, 2013. Over 200 names of the walkers and sponsors, who supported the Senior Citizens’ Home project run by Nursing Association of Nepal, were acknowledged in the program.

SANN’s president Manju Sangraula, RN announced an establishment of the “Nursing Scholarship Program” in Nepal that will award scholarship to nursing students. At present, SANN is coordinating with interested individuals for donating and exploring the fund for this program.

SANN has also announced to educate five unprivileged female students from elementary to 10+2 education. Five executive members of SANN have taken their responsibility to educate them. Those members are Manju Sangraula, Indira Shrestha, Sangita Bajgain Mishra, Ranju Dahal and Ranjana Tiwari.

Ms. Vavisha Fuyal, the winner of Prativako Aangan of Nepal TV, top ten of wai wai little champ and a survivor of a deadly accident, presented her beautiful dances in the program. Through the initiation of SANN, generous participants of the program donated US$700.00 for supporting this talented artist. SANN greatly appreciates all donors for helping Vavisha Fuyal.

Sangita Bajgain Mishra, RN welcomed the guests in the beginning of the program. Mr. Hemanta Shrestha, a renowned poet and Chairman of American Nepal TV, moderated the program. SANN would like to express our gratitude to Hemanta Shrestha for a wonderful moderation of the program. We would like to express our gratitude to everyone (please apologize if we missed to name, in case) including SANN’s committee members for making the program a grand success and we look forward to future collaboration.

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