Economics of contribution

The turnout of over 200 people at Nepalese Night, an event organized at UTA, shows the Nepalese diaspora is growing strong.

Per entry, attendees paid $8. The Nepalese Student Organization sold merchandise, like, t-shirts, as well.

The proceeds mostly benefited people of Nepal.

A portion of the collected money will be utilized on future university events and the rest will be donated as aid to Nepal, student organization president Sujan Shrestha said.

Trishala Kc (right) practices her dance steps before her performance in the University Center northside lobby on Sunday, Oct 8.

 

Walk for Nepal

One of the event sponsors was Walk for Nepal, an initiative of multiple organizations from multiple countries to raise funds for economic development in Nepal.

Nepal ko Yuwa, a non-profit based on Cambridge, MA, officially established the project in Boston in 2014. The first ever walkathon was held at Richmond Park in London on July, 2014. The walk came to Dallas in October the same year.

This year, the Nepalese diaspora in Dallas will take part in the walk Saturday, Nov. 4 at Bachman Lake Park.

UTA alumnus Suman Kaji is the current public relations head for Walk for Nepal Dallas.

He said the annual event in Dallas has so far managed to raise over $50,000, and he hopes this year will be productive as well.

The aim is to help the needy communities in Nepal, he said.

The contest for best charity

A number of NGOs and businesses participate in the walk every year. Organizations conduct its own contribution campaigns at the walk. Organizations may choose the amount it wants to contribute to the Walk for Nepal project, or may not have its own charity.

Campaigns pursue (read: lobby) interested donors, whose help largely contributes to the country’s economy.

Student organization member Barsha Bogati counts money generated from the ticket sales at the Nepali Night event in front of UC Bluebonnet Ballroom on Sunday, Oct. 8.

For developing countries like Nepal, the poorest country in South Asia, foreign aids and contributions from its diaspora is not only helpful but essential.

According to The World Bank 2016 data, over 31 percent of Nepal’s GDP depended on personal remittance.

In essence, diasporas (people living in foreign lands) determine 31 percent of what goes on in Nepal.

As prevalent in most modern democracies, economic leverage means the power to influence the country’s politics. Running succesful political campaigns requires financial strength.

Although the Nepalese diaspora is living in a different country, they are constantly in contact with their families and the media, for e.g., television reality shows in Nepal has started offering voting options for out-of-country viewers.

 

Will and should diasporas have a larger role in dictating their native country’s social and political landscape?
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