Deep Prakash Deoja (San Diego)
Deep Deoja is a Nepalese born American citizen and is a magnetic presence in the San Diego area. Deep is known for his hard work, indomitable spirit, serenity and generosity. He established Deep Sound Meditation to provide sound meditation classes and lead many in the community through mindful introspection. He has also taught the skills needed to produce soulful sound meditation sessions and this influence has spread throughout and well beyond the San Diego area.
Deep is generous with his time, often assisting many people, including the homeless meet their various basic needs. He currently works with around 20 small cottage industries in Nepal and elsewhere and supports these businesses in establishing self-sustainability within their communities. He has created a fair-trade business bringing awareness to their local artisanship by selling handicrafts and clothing from these areas in Nepal and India at street fairs and festivals in the U.S.
Deep’s healing influence covers both sides of the globe: The sound meditations Deep leads in the San Diego area heal and inspire our community and the proceeds collected from these U.S. sound meditations support healing projects in Nepal.
Deep began offering sound meditations for free in early 2005, two years after he arrived in the U.S. When visitors to the meditation events began to give money as appreciation for the community service they were receiving, Deep shared the proceeds with impoverished people in Nepal. As these meditation events gained popularity in the community and more proceeds were donated he decided to create the Bishwa Seva Foundation in 2009 to begin funding educational services of underprivileged youth in Nepal. Bishwa Seva means, “to serve the world” which emulates Deep’s calling and passion to be of service. The Bishwa Seva Foundation Nepal was created the same year and collaborates directly with the Nava Ratna English Secondary School in Panauti, Nepal.
The sound meditations have grown in attendance to as many as eighty to ninety people. The proceeds generated, combined with sponsorships and volunteer efforts, have helped the Bishwa Seva Foundation to provide fifty under-privileged school children with tuition, stationary, uniforms and nutritious meals at the NRESS in Nepal in 2014
In 2011 the Bishwa Seva Foundation became a 501(c) 3 trust to offer tax-deductible contributions for donors.
Created by Andy Laub and edited by A. R. Wright on May 1, 2015.
Kim Stolkowski (U.S.)
Kim Stolkowski is the Board of Directors Vice President and Co-Founder of the Bishwa Seva Foundation. Prior to founding the Bishwa Seva foundation, Ms. Stolkowski had worked for various non-profit organizations in the greater San Diego Community.
In 2009, Ms. Stolkowski had been gifted with a once in a life time opportunity to travel to India and Nepal. It was then she made it a priority to visit Nava Ratna English Secondary School in Panauti, Nepal. Having had a deeply spiritual experience while visiting Panauti, Ms. Stolkowski was lit with passion to help the community there. Upon returning to San Diego, Ms. Stolkowski immediately met with BSF Board President Deep Deoja to begin plans to establish the Bishwa Seva Foundation as a 501(c3).
Ms. Stolkowski has been a lifelong practitioner of mindfulness and has been privileged to travel worldwide teaching meditation and mindfulness, working side by side and learning from healers and spiritual practioners from many religious backgrounds. Her practice and teachings utilize an integrative approach to stillness pulling from Buddhist, Hindu, Taoist, Native American, Mayan, Egyptian, Judeo-Christian, Shinto Japanese, and other Asian spiritual practices.
Ms. Stolkowski has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego. Currently Ms. Stolkowski is the Field Program Manager at Outdoor Outreach, a San Diego based non-profit that connects local youth to the transformative powers of the outdoors.
Mr. Lotte Lama is originally from the upper Himalayan Region of Nepal. Having lived in multiple countries and able to speak 8 different languages, Mr. Lama is responsible for the communication with the Nepalese members and facilitates the conversation between the U.S. and Nepal. He chairs the communication committee and is a vocal advocate of the foundation.