Asha Toronto

Asha Toronto


The Asian Institute at the Munk School of Global Affairs is pleased to announce the formation of Asha (“hope”) Toronto, an open-membership group that aims to share information on local relief and rebuilding efforts on Nepal, and to seek opportunities for collaboration with other groups in the GTA and elsewhere. The group will be meeting regularly at the Munk School of Global Affairs, and the meetings will feature a combination of organizing activity and critical discussion.

Join the Asha Toronto Facebook group to stay informed on upcoming events, meetings, and discussions.

Check the Asha Toronto Google Calendar for upcoming events and activities related to Nepal Earthquake support (including non-fundraising activities) in the GTA and surrounding area.


May 25 Metro Morning Interview with ASHA member and writer Manjushree Thapa

PAST Meeting Agendas

Meeting minutes as well as other useful document can be found in the Asha Toronto Google Drive folder.

Thursday, June 4, 2015 / 9:00-11:00 am

This week, Asha Toronto’s meeting will feature a discussion on “Rebuilding Nepal from the Ground Up: Conversation with leaders of grassoroots relief and rebuilding.” We will be joined on skype from Nepal by Nripal Adhikary (Adobe and Bamboo Research Institute and Brabim Kumar (Association of  Youth Organizations Nepal) in a discussion that will be facilitated by doctoral candidate Sabin Ninglekhu. The discussion will feed directly into Asha Toronto’s own plans for organizing responses from Toronto.

Nripal Adhikary is an architect who specializes in sustainable architecture using locally available material. He was educated the City University of New York. Nripal has since had extensive experience in Bhutan, Kenya, Ethiopia, Mongolia, Kenya, Uganda and Nepal. He has had many research projects, with organizations like INBAR, ICAR, IIT/Delhi and MIT. He aims to make bamboo and earth a mainstream building material. In the aftermath of the earthquake, Nripal and his team are dedicated to building owner-driven temporary and longer-term structure using quality material sourced locally.

Brabim Kumar is presdient of AYON and long-time activist for youth-related issues. Brabim has had extensive experience in not only providing a platform for youth to have a unified voice, but also acting as a conduit between issues of youth from the grassroots level to the government. In the aftermath of the earthquake, Brabim has spearheaded relief efforts in fourteen districts, overseeing everything from coordinating volunteers to procuring and distributing relief material, to sourcing funds, and providing a comprehensive action plan. In the coming months, with his AYON team, Brabim will focus on rebuilding temporary shelters, as well as providing information to communities on earthquake preparedness and citizens’ continued access to rights and resources.

Wednesday May 27 / 6:00-8:00 pm

  1. Report on activities that have followed from the last meeting.
  2. Announcement of upcoming fundraising programs or events.
  3. Strategies for getting Big Dollars/Companies
  4. 6:30 pm: Skype talk by Prashant Jha on the Nepal government’s response. Talk will last 10-12 minutes.
  5. Talk by Anil Bhattarai on resilient housing. Talk will last 10-12 minutes.
  6. Talk by Deepak Pant on resilient communities, and the U of T’s 18-point guideline and its possible relevance to Nepal.
  7. 7:20 pm: Half hour discussion on the government’s response and planning for resilient housing and communities.
  8. A recap of any new activities and decisions that come out of the meeting.

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