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In Tribute to
Ira Acharya was a dedicated leading social volunteer of Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) metroplex, Texas, USA. She served in many social organizations of DFW since 2006 to till her death on 08 November, 2019. Her mission was to help the needy women and children living in the vicious cycle of poverty in any part of the world. She was a source of inspiration to many people to involve in the welfare of human beings.
In December 2018, Ira was diagnosed with a rare type of cancer. Initially, when the doctors were successful to remove a large tumor from her stomach, they said
“Ira, you won the battle. Now, the war begins…”.
They started chemotherapy to eradicate the cancer cells from her body. But, one day, the doctors said that she had very limited time to survive- 2 months without chemo or 8 painful months if chemotherapy continued
She chose to live more months and continue to serve the humanity even she was in her death bed. The 8 months, she had chosen to survive, were very, very painful to her. Ira volunteered as a member of Board of Directors in Women Empowerment and Orphans and Vulnerable Children Education activities of Development for Peace International from 2010 to till her death.
One day, when she had very limited time to survive, she expressed her desire to continue her mission of empowering socially marginalized women and children in remote parts of Nepal. Her friends, with tear filled eyes, vowed to continue the projects in her name
Ira Acharya Memorial Scholarship Fund
After her death, per the commitment with Ira, Development for Peace International initiated a fund-raising campaign to establish “Ira Acharya Memorial Scholarship Fund” in various schools in the remote parts of Nepal. An amount of around US $ 10,000.00 was raised from community members and Ira’s relatives. From that donation amount, the organization established Scholarship Funds in four schools in remote areas of Nepal.
The impact of the scholarship funds was so impressive that more and more schools requested for the establishment of scholarship funds in their schools. So, the organization decided to continue the establishment of more and more trusts in different schools in Nepal.
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SCHOLARSHIP AWARDED BY IRA ACHARYA MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP TRUST
In loving memory of Ira Acharya, Development for Peace International has established Scholarship Trusts (Akshaya Kosh/ अक्षय कोष) in four schools in remote areas of Nepal.
The Akshaya Kosh (अक्षय कोष) mechanism is that principal fund is deposited in school’s name in separate account in the local bank providing high interest rate and the scholarships are provided by the interest earned by the principal amount deposited. The principal amount will not be used for scholarship award and remains in the account to earn interest again. By this mechanism, scholarships will be awarded every year. The trust activities are supervised by district education office, school management committee and DFP International.
12 Students were awarded
On November 19, 2021, a ceremony was organized jointly by Bhagwati High School, Kabhre, Nepal and Development for Peace International, Texas, USA in the meeting hall of the high school. The purpose of the ceremony / program was to award scholarships to 12 students of the school nominated by the school’s scholarship nomination committee. Officials of Development for Peace International and the high school were present in the program.
This was the first time that Ira Memorial Scholarship Trust awarded scholarship since its operation. This will continue for every year as the scholarship is generated by interest earned by the fund deposited in the bank. The principal money will be not be taken out from the bank. Only the interest earned every year is used for awarding the scholarships.
Five students received educational materials as a part of scholarship in Shri Ram Chandra Basic School, Betrawati, Nuwakot, Nepal
On July 8, 2022, Ira Memorial Scholarship Trust awarded educational materials to five needy students of Shri Ram Chandra Basic School, Betrawati, Nuwakot, Nepal. Ira Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in the school on November 28, 2021.
The educational materials were awarded to the students recommended by the school in the basis of their educational performance, financial conditions of the family and good moral conduct. Nepal Representative of Development for Peace International Ms. Gayatri Rimal participated in the award ceremony representing the organization.
Four students received their scholarship award
On January 05, 2022, Ira Memorial Scholarship Trust awarded scholarships to four needy students of Saptlingeswar High School, Sunapati-1, Ramechhap district, Nepal. Ira Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in the school on March 19, 2021
The scholarships were awarded to the students recommended by the school in the basis of their educational performance, financial conditions of the family and good moral conduct. The scholarship distribution ceremony was the part of a ceremony organized by the school to celebrate its 65th anniversary of establishment.
The head teacher at the school, Eknath Chaulagain, and other teachers highlighted the importance of scholarships to the needy students in the rural schools of Nepal and thanked Development for Peace International for establishing Ira Memorial Scholarship Fund in the school. Mani Chaulagain, Nepal Representative of Development for Peace International participated in the ceremony representing the organization.