Association of St. Mary’s Alumnae Nepal (ASMAN) has been working for the past 27 years as a non-profit committed to supporting under privileged children and women across Nepal. The association brings together former students of St. Mary’s High School, the most prestigious girls’ school in the country. ASMAN’s work and commitment encompasses support in the areas of health, education, environment, skill development, cultural awareness and personality development. Its mail goal is to live up to the school ideal – for knowledge, virtue and for the betterment of society through philanthropy. In this edition of Coffee Break, WOW spoke with six founder members of ASMAN about what it means to be a Marian and the key areas that ASMAN in currently engaged with. Excerpts:
Co-ordinated by: Rojina Adhikari
What are the traits of a Marian?
They are broad minded, sincere, with moral traits embedded in them. They are ever ready to reach out to the needy and always ready to help others, besides being trustworthy and true to their words.
How does the education here distinguish you from the rest?
The moral science class that we were taught in school has made an impact in our lives till today. They have leadership qualities, are helpful, have good networking and use this as a strong team to achieve their goals and reaching out to people in all possible ways.
Some of the key areas ASMAN is involved in?
Mainly ASMAN is involved in promoting the education of the girl child. But there are several other areas that ASMAN is involved in. ASMAN conducts yearly program at Mary Ward School in Lubhu and Jhamsikhel on the occasion of Women’s Day and Environment Day. This gives exposure to children to showcase their talent in arts, writing and other skills. We believe we should be able to create the same focus and interest in developing the overall personality of children in Mary Ward School like we received in St. Mary’s. Our programs are designed and conducted to ensure we contribute towards that.
What does giving back to society mean to you?
It means trying to help the needy and less privileged to lead a normal life where they also get to meet their basic needs.
Best thing about being a part of ASMAN?
We are a big family where we believe in team work and helping others to make the impossible possible. With our team, we have made a joyful impact on our lives. The level of satisfaction we have got in being with ASMAN is beyond description.