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An emotional farewell to Adhikaar's co-founder Luna Ranjit who gave the voice to many voiceless PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 28 September 2016 23:06

न्यू योर्क शहरका मेयर ब्लाजियोद्वारा 'अधिकार' कि संस्थापक लुना रन्जितको सम्मानमा सेप्टेम्वर २८ लाई "लुना रन्जित डे" दिवस घोषणा
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New York- Hundreds of thousands, if not millions, immigrant workers, especially women domestic workers in the United States and around the world were so inspired and impacted when Luna Ranjit​ of Adhikaar, a New York City based Nepali women led organization has partnered with other advocacy and rights groups that have successfully fought to ensure the rights of domestic workers in USA and around the world that gave a global voice to many voiceless people. Today, marks the new beginning to Ms. Ranjit after leading a decade in that social and political will change movement that, finally, she has decided to hang her gloves but she says she will be around whenever a need arises.

Adhikaar's Co-founder and Executive Director Luna Ranjit speaking at her farewell program in New York on September 28, 2016. Photos & Video: Pradeep Pariyar Thapa

Kudos to Luna Ranjit who as Nepal's true Chhori (daughter) has proved the world that a woman with a courage and vision to serve the underserved can break the ceilings and sky is the limit.

Adhikaar's Co-founder and Executive Director Luna Ranjit. Photo courtesy: Luna Ranjit facebook profile

Adhikaar was established by Luna Ranjit, Tafadzwa Pasipanodya, Rashmi Shrestha and Srijana Shrestha in 2005 with the seed money of just USD $500 but it now boasts an annual budget of about a million US dollars, to be precise, $850,000. Every year, it serves several hundred needy immigrants with English for Empowerment classes, Free Health Screening, Free legal Counseling, referrals, Health Insurance, CPR, Training for nannies and nail technicians, support and referrals for cases of stolen wages, workplace discrimination, labor trafficking, domestic violence and host of other immigrants work and rights related issues.

Graduate in Public Policy from one of the world's top Princeton University, New Jersey, USA in 2004, Ms. Ranjit could have easily chosen a path that most of the graduates go to find lucrative career paths but she chose to address social justice, which she knew would require hardship and sacrifice. She definitely could land up in big multinational corporation or INGO with a demanding degree from world's sought after university but her choice and her determination were to make an impact in the immigrant community that's where she came from.

Adhikaar's Co-founder and Executive Director Luna Ranjit receiving Proclamation from New York City Mayor's Office which declared September 28th as "Luna Ranjit Day" at her farewell program in New York on September 28, 2016. Photos & Video: Pradeep Pariyar Thapa

Today, 11-year old Adhikaar is a leading advocacy and rights based organization in New York that ensures everyone gets a fair shot in any job market either domestic work, restaurant or nail salon. While bidding her farewell, many her close friends and colleagues were too emotional to comprehend her departure but she has rest assured that her legacy will continue in many more years to come.

-Pradeep Pariyar Thapa Magar in New York. Comments? 917-5701-098, or, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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