On April 25, 2015, Nepal experienced an earthquake that has, and continues to take an immense toll on the country and its people. Nepal’s recovery faces unique challenges on the ground due to its inaccessible geography, and tumultuous political and economic climate. The Gurung Society, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit is holding a benefit to utilize our unique position as an experienced organization with deep personal and professional connections to the region. The Gurung Society has previously led fundraising initiatives for natural disasters such as the Haiti Earthquake in 2010 and Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

The New School University Center Architectural photography from SOM. Photo credit: James Ewing

The Event

We are hosting an event on May 16th from 8:30PM – 10:00PM, in the Tishman Auditorium at the New School in New York City to help raise funds and celebrate Nepal’s rich culture. Featuring renowned Nepali and international artists, this night will bring together a diverse community to support Nepal. The benefit is focused on serving the hardest hit villages near the quake’s epicenter. While the damage in Kathmandu is striking, many rural communities do not have the resources or networks available to adequately rebuild. It is our mission to direct funds to rural villages most in need of assistance.

The Impact

Your contributions will be used to help rebuild schools, health posts, and community centers. The Gurung Society will partner with vetted local organizations. The Gurung Society’s strength lies in our personal connection and extensive network in these areas. We represent the immigrant population of the Gurung people, one of Nepal’s many ethnic groups in the greater New York City area. As an organization with previous fundraising experience we are uniquely equipped to directly and responsibly manage this effort.

Ways You Can Help

We welcome contributions of any size. However, tickets to attend the May 16th event will start at $100. If you would like to donate, but cannot attend the event, your generous contribution will be used to bring community members to the event who otherwise could not afford to participate. 100% of the proceeds will go to help Nepal rebuild.

In order to claim event tickets, please select the corresponding “perk” in the sidebar to the amount you paid. Include your name and address, and we will have a list at the event. No hard copy of a ticket is necessary.

Who is Managing This?

This effort is co-led by Professor Ashok Gurung, co-founder of the Gurung Society and current Senior Director of the India China Institute at The New School and Rina Gurung, Legal Fellow at the Urban Justice Center in New York City. Ashok is a native of Nepal with over 25 years of international development experience, previously working as the Program Officer for Ford Foundation, where he helped design and implement a $280 million dollar international fellowship program. Ashok also has worked extensively in and around the epicenter of the quake and has a wide range of local, national and international networks to help select suitable partners for this effort. For more information, please see Ashok Gurung’s bio.


Co-founder, Gurung Society
Senior Director, India China Institute

Ashok Gurung is the Senior Director of the India China Institute (ICI) and a faculty member of the Julien J. Studley Graduate Program in International Affairs at The New School. Ashok has more than twenty years of international development experience as an educator, researcher, manager, grant-writer, policy analyst, activist and facilitator with civil society groups, academic institutions, foundations and multi-lateral organizations, and governments in several countries worldwide. In addition, he was the program officer for the International Fellowships Program, the largest global leadership initiative ($280 million) of the Ford Foundation and an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University.

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Legal Fellow, Urban Justice Center

Rina Gurung is an attorney licensed to practice law in the State of New York. At present, she is a Legal Fellow in the Capacity Building practice area at the Community Development Project of the Urban Justice Center in New York, NY. As a law student and Co-President of the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association at New England School of Law (2013) in Boston, MA she co-led several fundraisers (Japan Tsunami Relief, Rice Sticks and Tea Asian Food Pantry, and Red Cross Blood Drive). Rina is a native of Nepal and best understands the needs of people and areas affected.

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Executive Director, MIMA Music, Inc.

Kevin Wenzel is an entrepreneur, musician, and producer who has created and managed social impact projects both large and small that leverage creativity to strengthen community. As the Executive Director of MIMA Music, Inc., Kevin managed and produced music education programs across the globe, including in Nepal, and developed the MIMA Presents concert series in New York to fund local education initiatives.

Thank You All

If you have any questions or need any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact:

Ravi Govada: rkgovada@gmail.com or (347) 399 9143

Jeremy Berke: jeremyberke1@gmail.com or (508) 560 3813

Gurung Society: tamusociety@gmail.com.