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Tuesday, June 25, 2024

FIWNA Hosts Successful Annual Picnic and Barbecue in New York with Local Leaders and Community Representatives

The Federation of Indigenous Women of Nepal in America (FIWNA) successfully hosted its annual picnic and barbecue event in New York, attended by local politicians and representatives from various organizations.

Prominent attendees included New York State Senator John Liu, Assembly Member Steven Raga, and South Asian Coordinator for the Mayor's Office, Eric Adam Sukurani Raghurandan. In their remarks, they praised the contributions of Nepali indigenous women in America. FIWNA President Indira Chongbang addressed the gathering, outlining the organization's mission and objectives.

The event, designed to promote goodwill, provide entertainment, and build new relationships, received support from several associations. Notable participants included Federation of Indigenous People of Nepal in America ( FIPNA)’s Executive President Tul Bahadur Tamang, Tamu Gurung Society of America President Om Gurung, Kirat Yakthung Chumlung President Deepak Thebe, Vice Presidents Bibash Mangmu and Saroj Thangden, former President of Kirat Rai Society of America’s New York Chapter Bharati Rai, Central Vice President of United Kirat Rai Association (UKRA) Keshab Ram Rai, UKRA New York Chapter President and FIPNA’s Vice President Mamta Rai, Tharu and Friends Society Senior Vice President and FIPNA’s General Secretary Deepak Chaudhary, Minority Empowerment President Shyam Karki, Hami Nepali Global New York Chapter President Birendra Jung KC, former Tamang Society of America’s President Sanumaya Tamang, Hello America Director Kishor Subba, and cameraman Samrat Karki.

A team led by Kirklyn Escondo,  program Coordinator from the New York City Department of Health, set up an information table to raise awareness about mental health within the Nepali community.

President Chongbang coordinated the event, which featured traditional Nepali cuisine and cultural performances. Shanti Jirel, a member of the organization, welcomed attendees. The event also included various games for children and adults, with prizes awarded to the winners. Former General Secretary Bandana Rai, General Secretary Indu Lamichhane, and member Aabha Shrestha coordinated these activities.

President Chongbang emphasized the importance of male participation in the women-organized event. She expressed her gratitude to all contributors, participating organizations, media personnel, and attendees for their roles in the event's success, concluding the program on a positive note.