Ongoing

Main Building Restoration

Revitalizing Nepal Education and Cultural Center’s Germantown Location: A Labor of Love by Dedicated Volunteers

In the heart of Germantown, the Nepal Education and Cultural Center has undergone a remarkable transformation, thanks to the tireless efforts of a dedicated group of volunteers. Beyond the meticulous renovation work detailed earlier, the restoration project included essential tasks such as cutting overgrown grass and clearing away tons of unwanted junk from the property.

Grounds Transformation: The exterior beautification went beyond the building itself. Volunteers took on the challenge of taming the overgrown grass on the property, ensuring that the surroundings matched the renewed vibrancy of the building. This involved mowing, trimming, and landscaping to create a welcoming and well-maintained exterior space.

Junk Removal: One of the initial hurdles the volunteers faced was the accumulation of tons of unwanted items on the property. Undeterred by the scale of the task, they undertook the arduous process of clearing away debris, unused materials, and miscellaneous items that had accumulated over time. This involved sorting, recycling, and responsibly disposing of the unwanted items, ultimately creating a clean canvas for the restoration efforts.

Community Collaboration: The grass-cutting and junk removal activities underscore the collaborative spirit that fueled the entire restoration initiative. Local community members, driven by a shared commitment to preserving cultural heritage, joined hands with the volunteers to ensure that the Nepal Education and Cultural Center’s Germantown location not only underwent a structural revival but also enjoyed a refreshed and clutter-free outdoor space.

Celebrating Success: The combined efforts of the volunteers in cutting the grass and removing tons of unwanted junk played a pivotal role in revitalizing the Nepal Education and Cultural Center’s Germantown location. Beyond the physical restoration, this comprehensive initiative demonstrates the power of community collaboration in preserving cultural landmarks and creating spaces that inspire pride and connection.

As the property now stands renewed, with manicured grounds and a clutter-free exterior, it serves as a beacon of what can be achieved when a community comes together with a shared vision. The Nepal Education and Cultural Center’s Germantown location is not just a restored building; it is a testament to the transformative impact of collective action and the enduring value of preserving our cultural heritage.

 

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Barn Renovation

Preserving Heritage: NECC’s Vision for the Historic Barn

In the heart of the Nepal Education and Cultural Center’s (NECC) 16.83-acre property, a piece of history stands quietly — a barn that dates back to the 1930s, with roots reaching back to the 1800s when it served as part of a thriving dairy farm. Now, NECC envisions breathing new life into this historic structure, transforming it into a multifunctional space that aligns with their mission of promoting Nepali language and culture.

Historical Significance: The barn, originally built as a double corn crib barn with sheds on both sides, witnessed the evolution of the land from a bustling dairy farm in the 1800s to its current state. Over the years, it has served various purposes, including functioning as a machine shed and storage space. Recognizing its historical value, the Montgomery County Historic Preservation Commission (MC HPC) has recommended repairs to ensure the preservation of this piece of local history.

Architectural Features: The single-story barn spans an impressive 3,100 square feet, featuring three distinct sections — a central area and two sheds on either side. The unique topography of the site results in split floor levels across the sections, presenting both challenges and opportunities for adaptive reuse. The foundation, a shallow concrete or stone structure, has shown signs of deterioration in some areas. The timber post and truss system form the superstructure, with vertical plank siding enclosing the building. Single-pane windows, farm double swing doors, and sliding barn doors contribute to its rustic charm.

NECC’s Vision: NECC has set ambitious yet achievable goals for the barn’s future. The plan includes repair, rebuilding, and repurposing to transform the space into a versatile hub that aligns with NECC’s mission. The primary objective is to utilize the barn as a gathering space for the Center’s events, hosting workshops and classes that promote Nepali language and culture, as well as community activities for Nepalese Americans, Asian Pacific Islanders, and other local county residents.

Project Overview: The project, estimated to cost between $250.00-$300 per square foot, encompasses design, construction, and furnishing costs. Under the guidance of NECC’s Project Manager, the cost estimate will be meticulously managed and continuously updated throughout the design process to ensure adherence to the overall project scope and budget.

The project delivery method involves a design bid build, with a Construction Manager (CM) playing a crucial role during design for constructability. Alternatively, NECC is exploring the design-build approach to maximize efficiency.

Timeline and Anticipated Occupancy: With a planned duration of three years, NECC envisions the barn’s completion and occupancy in September 2026, coinciding with their anniversary. The Project Manager will oversee the project schedule, ensuring it aligns with the design decisions, maintains budgetary constraints, and fulfills the overall project scope.

NECC’s endeavor to rejuvenate this historic barn is not just a physical restoration but a commitment to preserving cultural heritage and fostering community engagement. As the project unfolds, it stands as a testament to NECC’s dedication to its mission and the enduring value of connecting the past with the present for future generations.

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Trail Project

Connecting Nature and Community: NECC’s Trail Project to Foster Harmony and Wellness

Nestled within the lush landscape of the Nepal Education and Cultural Center’s (NECC) property is a vision taking shape — a winding trail that will not only embrace the scenic beauty but also serve as a common ground for the local community. NECC’s plan to construct an approximately 1-mile trail along the perimeter of the property, flanking both sides of the creek, represents a commitment to building a healthy, harmonious, and interconnected community.

The Trail Design: The proposed dirt trail, spanning 5-6 feet in width, is a testament to NECC’s dedication to preserving the natural surroundings while providing a space for community engagement. Minor gravels will be strategically added to ensure a comfortable and accessible walking surface. To enhance the trail experience, mile markers will be placed at every quarter-mile stretch, guiding walkers and joggers through the scenic route.

Cherry Blossoms and Benches: NECC’s commitment to creating an inviting and picturesque environment extends beyond the trail itself. Cherry trees will be planted along the entire length of the trail, infusing the surroundings with bursts of color and a touch of natural elegance. Benches strategically placed at every quarter mile provide an opportunity for trail-goers to rest, connect, and appreciate the beauty around them.

Community Wellness Hub: The trail project is not an isolated endeavor; it is part of a larger vision to establish NECC as a hub for community wellness. Future projects, including outdoor exercise areas, a volleyball court, and a children’s playground, will offer diverse options for community members to engage with friends and family. These initiatives are designed to promote physical activity, social interaction, and the overall well-being of the community.

Building a Vibrant Community Fabric: Beyond the physical infrastructure, NECC’s trail project holds a deeper purpose — to weave together diverse threads of the community into a vibrant and energetic fabric. By providing a shared space for recreation and connection, the trail becomes a catalyst for fostering harmony and unity among community members.

Common Platform for Wellness: As NECC envisions the trail as a common platform, it becomes a place where different segments of the community converge. Regardless of age, background, or interests, the trail offers an inclusive space where individuals can find solace in nature, connect with fellow community members, and embark on a journey towards improved well-being.

The Ultimate Goal: A Thriving Community: The trail project is a testament to NECC’s ultimate goal — to cultivate a thriving community that values wellness, connectivity, and shared experiences. As the trail winds its way through the picturesque landscape, it symbolizes the interconnectedness of community members, each step contributing to the creation of a harmonious and lively tapestry.

NECC’s trail project is not just about creating a physical path; it’s about forging a collective journey towards a healthier, happier, and more united community. Through this initiative, NECC invites everyone to take a step towards a future where well-being is not just a personal endeavor but a shared aspiration that binds the community together.

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Buddha

Enriching History: Installation of Lord Buddha Statue at NECC’s New Property

In a serene corner of the Nepal Education and Cultural Center’s (NECC) new property, a symbol of tranquility and spiritual wisdom is taking center stage — a giant statue of Lord Buddha. Originally established in the NECC Bealsville premises in 2017, this majestic figure has found a new home, marking a significant chapter in NECC’s commitment to preserving history and fostering a sense of peace within its community.

A Symbolic Move: The relocation of the Lord Buddha statue aligns with NECC’s vision of creating a harmonious space that encapsulates the rich cultural heritage of Nepal. The statue, now positioned in a thoughtfully selected area on the new property, stands as a testament to NECC’s dedication to honoring tradition and spiritual values.

Enhancing the Site: As part of the ongoing efforts to beautify the surroundings, NECC is embarking on a transformative project around the Lord Buddha statue. The podium, upon which the statue stands, will soon be adorned with 108 MANEs, offering a traditional and symbolic touch to the setting. These intricate additions will not only enhance the aesthetic appeal of the podium but will also carry profound spiritual significance.

Handrails will be installed to provide both support and an artistic element to the overall design. This meticulous attention to detail showcases NECC’s commitment to creating a space that invites contemplation and reflection.

Creating Peace Garden: The visionary plans for the surrounding area include the establishment of a Lumbini/Peace Garden, paying homage to the birthplace of Lord Buddha. The garden will be a visual delight, featuring an array of vibrant flowers that add color and fragrance to the serene atmosphere.

 

Connecting Past and Present: NECC’s decision to install the Lord Buddha statue and create a tranquil garden is more than just a landscaping project; it’s a bridge connecting the historical significance of the statue with the present and future aspirations of the community. The serene ambiance and spiritual aura created by these additions aim to inspire reflection, meditation, and a sense of unity among NECC members and the broader community.

As the vision for the Lord Buddha statue installation and the surrounding garden takes shape, NECC continues to demonstrate its commitment to cultural preservation, spiritual enrichment, and the overall well-being of its community. This artistic and spiritual endeavor is poised to become a cherished element of NECC’s new property, inviting all to partake in the beauty of tradition and the serenity it brings.

 

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Shiva

Harmony in Heritage: The Shiva Statue Installation at NECC’s Pashupati-Buddha Mandir

In a thoughtful expansion of cultural horizons, the Nepal Education and Cultural Center (NECC) is embarking on a transformative project that will not only enrich local heritage but also integrate seamlessly with the vibrant tapestry of the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community in the area. The installation of a majestic 10 ft. Shiva statue, along with accompanying sacred artifacts, is set to become a symbol of unity and cultural diversity at NECC’s Pashupati-Buddha Mandir.

A Comprehensive Vision: The Shiva project, encompassing structures related to Hindu religion and culture, is a testament to NECC’s commitment to inclusivity. As the name Pashupati-Buddha Mandir suggests, NECC prioritizes equal focus on structures representing both Hindu and Buddhist traditions, creating a harmonious space that reflects the rich cultural heritage of Nepal.

Sacred Elements: NECC has recently acquired a stunning 10 ft. Shiva statue, complete with Trishul, Basaha, and Shiva Linga, all integral symbols in Hindu mythology. This addition is not merely an architectural enhancement but a symbolic representation of the diverse spiritual traditions that find a home at NECC.

Embracing Cultural Evolution: The installation of the Shiva statue at NECC holds deeper significance in the context of the evolving cultural landscape of the area. As communities grow and intermingle, NECC sees this project as an opportunity to foster understanding and appreciation for the diverse cultural practices represented within the AAPI community.

Integration with the AAPI Community: NECC recognizes the changing demographics and cultural dynamics in the region. The Shiva project aims to provide a place where members of the AAPI community can connect with their cultural roots, fostering a sense of belonging and pride. The Mandir becomes not just a place of worship but a communal space that reflects the rich heritage of its diverse members.

Cultural Unity in Diversity: The Shiva statue installation aligns with NECC’s broader vision of creating an inclusive environment that celebrates the unity in diversity. By embracing both Hindu and Buddhist traditions, NECC exemplifies the spirit of cultural harmony, acknowledging that heritage is not static but a dynamic, evolving tapestry.

As the Kailash Parbat takes shape, and the Shiva statue becomes a focal point at the Pashupati-Buddha Mandir, NECC stands poised to offer a space where diverse cultural threads converge. This project is not just about constructing structures; it’s about building bridges that connect the past, present, and future, fostering a sense of shared identity within the rich mosaic of the AAPI community.

 

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Kids Playground

Kids play place is planned to have within temple premises. Our plan is to have one bigger playground with enough facilities for the kids in the long run. Kids playground will be located south of the Silo hut.

 

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