Upcoming Event:


NY premiere of “Uma” to benefit Empower1:
Screening info:
Date: Friday, July 6th,
Time: 2:00 pm
Venue: Hilton Westchester (During ANA-NY 2013. You can buy tickets of Uma screening at ANA @
699 Westchester Ave, Rye Brook, NY, 10573

Date: Sunday, July 14th,
Time: 2:00pm and
Venue: 14 United Nations Ave, Queens, NY 11368 (Flushing Meadows Park, Queens)

Please click here to buy tickets to the NY premiere of Uma at Queens Theatre, Flushing Meadows Park.


Maya's Lake Placid -IRONMAN Tri
Maya’s IRONMAN Triathlon to benefit Empower1:
Date: Sunday, July 28th, 2013
Fundraising goal: $5000.00

In continuing tradition of promoting active and healthy lifestyle, Empower1 is very pleased to announce our partnership with Maya Sherpa in her Lake Placid IRONMAN Triathlon to raise funds for Empower1.

About IRONMAN Triathlon:
IRONMAN Triathlon is one of a series of long-distance triathlon races organized by the World Triathlon Corporation (WTC) consisting of a 2.4-mile (3.86 km) swim, a 112-mile (180.25 km) bicycle ride and a marathon 26.2-mile (42.2 km) run, raced in that order and in one day. IRONMAN events have a strict time limit of 17 hours to complete the race. The race begins at 7:00 AM, and there are strict cut-off times to complete each leg of the race (Swim in 2hr 20min, Bike by 5:30PM, and run by midnight).

About Maya Sherpa:
Maya Sherpa, originally from Kathmandu, Nepal, currently resides in New York City, USA. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Communications from Baruch College, New York and currently works as a National Television Investment Supervisor at OMD, a very successful advertising firm. She is a passionate athlete and leads a very active lifestyle. She enjoys swimming, running and biking and motivates everyone to stay active and healthy.

So far, Maya has completed:
4 Marathons (New York City, Miami, Tennessee and Philadelphia)
2 Half-IRONMAN Triathlons (Syracuse, NY and Rhode Island)
4 Olympic distance New York City Triathlons
10+ Half-Marathons.

To our knowledge, Maya Sherpa will be the first Nepali to attempt IRONMAN Triathlon, which requires rigorous training, great discipline and dedication. If she successfully completes Lake Placid IRONMAN, which we are confident she will, it will be a very proud moment for Nepal and also for Nepalese people all around the world. Maya will have 17 hours to finish the race.

The objective of Maya Sherpa’s IRONMAN Triathlon participation is to raise awareness and funds for Empower1′s causes. Funds raised from this event will go towards Empower1’s new project, “OFF the Streets, ON to Life.” The project aims to provide shelter, healthcare and help rehabilitate street children in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Please click here to donate to Maya’s cause.

Some of our past Events and Activities:
- NY premiere of Nepalese feature film “Visa Girl” to benefit Empower1:
2 screenings:
Saturday, March 30th, Time: 4pm
Sunday, March 31st, Time: 2pm

Venue: NYU Cantor Film Center
36 East 8th street.
New York, NY-10003


Final NY Poster

The movie “Visa Girl” is produced by CG Entertainment, one of the leading studios in Nepalese movie industry based in Nepal. Empower1 has obtained the rights from CG Entertainment to be the sole distributer of the movie “Visa Girl” in the US to raise funds for Empower1. The US tour will include many big cities such as NY, Dallas, Burlington, to name a few. We are still in process of adding more cities to this tour.

The objective of the event is to raise funds for Empower1′s causes. Proceeds from the screening of the movie in the US will go towards Empower1’s new project, “OFF the Streets, ON to Life”. The project aims to provide shelter, healthcare and help rehabilitate street children in Kathmandu, Nepal.

[A small fun fact about “Visa Girl”: The movie was recently screened at the Embassy of the US in Kathmandu, Nepal on Thursday, January 24th, 2013 as a part of their recreational Thursday event. The response was so positively overwhelming that the Embassy has scheduled a “Tea and Talk” session with the cast and crews of the movie.]

Please “LIKE” our facebook page @ FB/EMPOWER1ORG for more info regarding Visa Girl US tour and our new project “OFF the streets, ON to Life”


Elizabeth Windham (“Ellie”) is a graduate student at New York University majoring in International Education and will be completing her degree in May 2013. Ellie is from Lititz, PA. She did her undergraduate studies in International Studies at West Virginia Wesleyan College. Currently, She is working at NYU’s Office for International Students and Scholars as a Programming Assistant. Prior to attending NYU, Ellie volunteered in Nepal for nine months as a library teacher in Phaplu and Kathmandu. Now in her spare time she volunteers with teenagers with developmental disabilities at Plai Theatre and serves meals to the homeless at Monday Night Hospitality soup kitchen.

Ellie will be running her first marathon on Sunday, November 18 in Philadelphia.

Ellie’s goal is to raise $750 to support Empower1’s new project, “OFF the Streets, ON to Life”. The project aims to provide shelter, healthcare and help rehabilitate street children in Kathmandu, Nepal. The program currently consists of 10 children, all aged between 8 and 14. The funds raised by Ellie will go towards providing complete health checkups for the children as well towards building a learning and development room (to buy furniture, books and stationery, and basic sports equipments) within the shelter.



- Run/Walk to Empower

In addition to improving the quality of education, one of Empower1′s objectives is to promote a healthy and active lifestyle among children at institutions that Empower1 partners with. To uphold that value, Empower1 successfully organized its 1st annual running/walking event, “Run/Walk To Empower” on May 5, 2012 in Central Park, NY. Participants were able to choose from two courses – a 5K and a 10K.

Event:”Run/Walk to Empower”
Courses: 5k or 10k
Date: May 5th, 2012
Time: 10AM – 1PM
Location: Central Park, New York

“Clean the house, Clean the Soul” at New Children Home:
The orphanage building was in a poor condition with windows and doors falling
out, cracked walls, paints coming off the walls, leaking bathroom etc. The environment was unhygienic and not conducive to sound physical and moral development of children.
So, Empower1 cleaned the entire building to give the kids a cleaner, healthier and better place to live. Several Empower1 members in Nepal spent over 2 weeks painting all the interior and exterior walls of the building, and also painted various creative kids-friendly murals on the walls. Empower1 members taught the kids the importance of cleanliness, and worked with them to create a routine to clean the building. A BIG THANKS to our Nepal team for working so hard.

Day 1:


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Day 5


Festive Clothing Drive to benefit children at NCH:

Empower1 organized a “Festive Clothing Drive” in collaboration with “Believers” to collect clothes for the children at the orphanage during Dashian and Deepawali, which are one of the biggest holidays in Nepal. We thought that new pair of clothes would help make the holidays a little more exciting and fun for the children. In addition to helping “Empower1″, “Believers” also donated clothes to Empower1′s “Festive Clothing Drive”. A BIG SHOUT OUT to “Believers” for their generosity and support.


_______________________________________________________________ “Little Smiles, Go great miles”- Cloth Distribution at the Orphange:

Empower1 members and volunteers distributed clothes collected during “Festive Clothing Drive” to the children of NCH just in time for the holidays.

Clothes collected= 44 sets
Collection+ Laundry of clothes = 15 days
Number of volunteers = 11
Smiling faces = PRICELESS


“Caring is Loving”
One of the important and basic things children need is Love, Care and Affection. Empower1 members and volunteers were more than glad to share that with kids at the orphanage by celebrating their birthdays with them.

Empower1 team celebrating birthdays of Empower1 member Jigme Wangdi and volunteer/Artist Extraordinaire Amar Gurung’s birthdays with the children at the orphanage.