Nepal Education and Cultural Center (NECC) is a non-profit tax exempt organization under the IRS Section 501(c) (3) registered in Maryland on May 18, 2005. NECC has always been a key resource to preserve Nepali identity, culture, religions, and values. It promotes Nepali language, heritage, and engages on to other educational activities. NECC conceptually came to the existence in 1983 to then executives of Association of Nepalese in America (ANA) and started as a pilot project in 1987. NECC is grateful to the visionary leaders from ANA who established and devoted their time to make it strong and successful. Despite many challenges, NECC team has worked proactively and raised substantial fund, revised the bylaws, and mobilized community resources to take the NECC in to the next level. Today, NECC is growing and receiving tremendous community support of especially from the greater Washington DC area.
In an arduous journey that began with our predecessors, 5 acres land was purchased in Solomon Island, MD in 1987 to address the need of community center for our Nepali community. As majority of Nepali community are settled around the metropolitan area, our predecessors then came to the realization that Solomon Island was not a strategically fit location and new property was purchased in Fairfax, VA in 1992. Due to regulatory hurdles, our community was compelled to sell off Fairfax property too. Then, Lanham property was purchased of 3.2 acres land with building in 1996 for $205,000. On the one hand, Lanham facility was not being able to accommodate the community growth and on the other hand, it had a problem in getting the building permit for constructing the Mandir so was sold for $535,000 on April 18, 2012. Subsequently, NECC-VAC (Vitalization Action Committee) was formed in July 2007 and launched massive fundraise campaign together and bought another 9.4 acres property with three premises at Beallsville, MD for $700,000 on October 17, 2008. The Beallsville facility is 45 minutes of drive from the Washington DC.
On September 30, 2000, the Pashupati Buddha Mandir was inaugurated in Lanham, MD. It was major milestone to our predecessors in the long journey toward fulfilling cultural and religious rituals in our own community center. Since the inauguration, we have full time Pundit for our all rituals performing needs to date. As our predecessors long strived to achieve this goal, we owe and are indebted to them. Since the year 2000, our community in this area has grown exponentially and continues to grow. The Pashupati-Buddha Mandir has moved to the bigger space at Beallsville from the Lanham property on June 4, 2012. The Beallsville property’s mortgage was paid in full on July 9, 2012 and the deed was transferred to NECC on October 16, 2013. However; $80,000.00 promissory note loan is still outstanding. The Gazebo was renovated and turned in to the puja hall on July 5, 2014. Today, Mandir has own puja hall and Pundit Shridhar Gyawali performs daily worships and all the religious functions at the Mandir. Last Sunday of September is celebrated as the anniversary day for the Mandir at NECC every year.
NECC Bylaws was revised on June 2, 2012 and based on this bylaws a 35 member’s executive committee formed under the Presidency of Mr. Khilendra Mani Neupane and another 11 members Board of Trustee was formed under the chairmanship of Dr. Shyam Karki for three years term of 2014 – 2017. The new team members are dynamic, dedicated, committed, hard worker, and most importantly they are community leaders from various organizations of greater Washington DC. Hence, NECC team is working diligently throughout the year to expand the scope of programs and efforts to bring our community together to accomplish its mission.