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Stories of Nepalis in USA
Chhochoon – a social worker in Dallas, Texas
you talk about Mr. Ajaya M. Chhochoon, you will definitely talk
about his contributions in the creation of Dallas Everest Lions
Club in Texas, USA.
Born to a writer father Maheshwor M. Chhochoon (now a retired Judge)
and late mother Nani Baba Chhochoon on the first day of January
1956 in Kathmandu, Mr. Chhochoon is married and has two daughters
and a son.
He is one man with multiple
talents – well versed with versatility, ready to do anything
and everything. With so many feathers on his cap he has confirmed
that a “Jack of All is Master of All”.
Integrity in Diversity - From Lecturer
to Businessman to Artiste
A post graduate in Economics, Mr. Chhochoon taught in Saraswoti
Multiple Campus as a Lecturer for 19 years, where he was also the
Assistant Campus Chief and the Chairman of Economics Instruction
He started his business with Friendly Home – a budget tourist
guest house and later opened Friendly Travels & Tours in Thamel.
As the Founder President of Durbar Square Tourism Promotion Committee,
he successfully stopped the vehicular movement in Durbar Square
area making it a walk free zone for the tourists. He was the Executive
Member of Nepal Association of Travel Agents (NATA) for two consecutive
Between 1993/1994, he was involved in National Planning Commission
(NPC) project as a Chief and made a policy on children by producing
a report on child development and related topics.
A stage artiste by hobby, he also played a substantial role in a
movie directed by Italian director Mario Fontana back in 1995.
Tryst with USA
“America just happened to me”, says Mr. Chhochoon. He
came to USA in 1999 in connection to his business but decided to
live in America.
He is working as a Life Insurance Agent for American National Insurance
Company - one of the biggest insurance companies in USA since July
2003. Before that he taught in Dallas Independent School District
(DISD), Dallas, Texas for two years. He did art modeling in Des
Moines, Iowa for a month.
He had his fair share of struggle in USA during the early days.
While teaching in DISD, he had to face language problems especially
with the accent. He at times still feels that it was not the right
time for him, in terms of his age, to settle down in a new land.
He says, “America is a land of opportunity and it is the right
place for the youngsters who can do more and cash on more from it”.
Once a Social Worker always
a Social Worker -The Man behind DELC
Mr. Chhochoon learnt the
ABC’s of social work at home from his late mother who taught
him the meaning of thinking beyond oneself and reaching a helping
hand to others in need. That very thrust motivated him to join the
Lions Club of Kathmandu Bagmati in 1988 where he was the President
in 1994-1995 and Zone Chairman in 1998-1999.
Social work is an addiction for him and after coming to USA too,
he longed to be in a social group and connect to people in need.
Thus, he joined Irving Evening Lions Club in 2002, which later became
the sponsor club of Dallas Everest Lions Club (DELC) - the first
Lions Club in USA formed by Nepalese Community as per his information.
He wholeheartedly acknowledges the support he received from Ln.
Carlton Dorman, Ln. Frank Pickens II and Ln. Bed Dulal to formally
install DELC on April 8, 2003. Today DELC is a well established
club with 27 promising members – 25 Nepalese and 2 Americans
who fully understand the essence of Lionism. DELC, which has now
become a platform to network between the Nepalese and the Native
Community is also promoting Nepal through its various programs.
Recently DELC presented a cultural program “An
Evening in Nepal” where people got to enjoy various
tastes of Nepal.
For his dedicated service, he has been awarded with many accolades
and prestigious positions. Apart from being the Charter President
of DELC, he is also the District Chairman for Youth Exchange Program
and Director of Julien C. Hyer Lions Youth Camp for District 2X-1.
Mr. Chhochoon loves to be known as a social worker and a Lion above
anything and he is planning to obtain a university degree in “Social
He reminiscences the days back in Nepal when he was the Founder
President of Association for Helping the Helpless. The association
had to set up a health center to provide primary health services
to the local people of Tokha, Saraswoti VDC although its initial
objective was to construct an old age home. He hopes to revive that
dream by building a home for senior citizens in Nepal with the help
of Lions International Project and the Nepalese in US and Nepal.
He also wishes to actively partake in further strengthening the
existing diplomatic ties between US and Nepal in any possible way.
“Let us have our Sundar Shanta Bishal (beautiful, peaceful,
bountiful) Nepal back and let us all feel proud to be a Nepali again”.
Contact Mr. Ajaya M. Chhochoon by email at: email@example.com
or call at: 214 718 4590.
By Binita Joshi Shrestha
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