DIYALO FOUNDATION

aka Diyalo, Diyalo Nepal, The Diyalo Foundation   |   Cambridge, MA   |  http://diyalofoundation.org/

Mission

Diyalo Foundation is a not for profit organization that promotes sustainable development in underserved communities in rural Nepal through: education, community development, market facilitation, renewable energy access, and community-supported sustainable agriculture, coordinates rural development initiatives to contribute to sustainable livelihoods in under- served communities around the world.

Ruling year info

2015

CEO

Suman Kumar

Co-Founder & President

Surya Karki

Main address

955 Massachusetts Ave #192

Cambridge, MA 02139 USA

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EIN

46-5250989

NTEE code info

Philanthropy / Charity / Voluntarism Promotion (General) (T50)

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

Agricultural Programs (K20)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Sewalung School Project

In June 2016, Diyalo finished a three room school in Sewalung for $15,000 and provided a
$9,000 annual operating fund. The school opened in July of this year. It has two teachers and
120 students enrolled.

At the end of August this year Diyalo delivered a two-day training for the principal and the
chairman of the school management committee. This training focused on leadership skills and
modern pedagogy.
In November, Diyalo hosted a two-day teacher’s training program in Kathmandu. Four teachers
participated in this training. The program was designed to teach leadership skills as well as the
pedagogical skills in line with the Diyalo curriculum model which is still under development.

Population(s) Served

Diyalo established two nurseries that grow Swertia (a local medicinal herb) in the province of Mude in 2015.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Diyalo's mission is to support the development of sustainable educational, agricultural and energy-focused practices in Nepal. They have goals in each category that work to support and collaborate with Diyalo's other programs.

Over the next ten years, Diyalo has projected it will build two schools a year, eventually serving 25% of Nepal's student population (ages 5-10). Additionally, Diyalo will initiate programs that will provide sustainable sources of electricity for regions with little access to non-traditional sources of energy through the initiation of green energy program alternatives. Finally, Diyalo will promote the move from subsistence farming to a more sustainable, economically sound form of farming through the creation of programs that will encourage trade and profitable sales.

Education: Diyalo uses the "Collaboration of Thirds" for its educational programs. This model is an excellent way to promote the continuing development of education, given that a project draws a third of its resources from Diyalo, a third from the district government, and a third from the local community. In this model, the community, in collaboration with the government, will eventually take full control of the school. In this way, Diyalo is a facilitator of the community's success, but not the only force behind it. In this manner, the development of the schools is sustainable in that eventually, the communities will have full ownership of the operations.

Energy: Diyalo has identified unused natural resources (such as solar power and hydro power) that could lend themselves very well to a clean energy alternative in Nepalese areas where access to electricity is scarce. Diyalo will then collaborate with communities to discern the best method of procuring clean energy and converting it electricity. By engaging with the community, Diyalo is setting the stage for long-term success by guaranteeing the social acceptance, and therefore the continuity, of the program. Community engagement strategies in conjunction with the application of a financial framework involving micro credits and loans for using this new alternative energy source will also encourage a change in the energy use habits of the locales.

Agriculture: Sustainable agricultural practices that will also invigorate the local economy and provide its residents with increased profits can be achieved through establishing produce collection centers, securing transportation for produce and conducting production enhancement training. Diyalo will work with local populations to establish produce centers that buy produce from local farmers at the fairest price before transporting the produce to the nearest market. Diyalo will also buy trucks which will pick up the produce from these collection centers, and transport it to the nearest markets. Finally, Diyalo will engage with community leaders in farming to conduct place-based farming trainings which will allow farmers to produce three times as many crops as they could previously. Diyalo will secure instructors for these trainings that will remain with local farmers for upwards of three months. This will allow farmers the training and the tools to produce higher yields of crops, and crops that are of a higher quality.

Diyalo is incredibly well-positioned to accomplish its educational, agricultural and energy-based goals due to the nature of its relationship with local communities, its international teams and its familiarity with Nepal.

First of all, Diyalo staunchly believes in promoting sustainable development only in collaboration with local populations. Diyalo believes in Nepalis for Nepal, which in essence means that Diyalo only tackles projects that can eventually be entirely community led. This ensures the continued progress of the programs and additionally ensures continued sustainable development in the region. This high degree of collaboration with local communities that Diyalo serves is one of the pillars of Diyalo's success in Nepal.

Along the same lines, Diyalo Foundation partners with a sister organization -- Diyalo Nepal -- in order to ensure the practicality of its endeavors. By working with a partner organization in the actual area it serves, Diyalo is able to gauge the plausibility of projects and programs to be instituted in Nepal much more accurately.

In collaboration with the district government and the local community, Diyalo has established an operational school with two teachers and a principal which serves 120 students in Sewalung. They have provided two teacher trainings, and an annual operational budget of $9,000.

Additionally, Diyalo has collaborated with the population of Mude to build two nurseries that grow Swertia (a local medicinal herb), and established a secure trade connection with markets in China and India through its partnership with the KJ Dugar Group.

Finally, Diyalo has identified the most in-need communities in Nepal in terms of access to electricity and clean energy.

While Diyalo has already made excellent progress for being a new foundation, Diyalo still has much to accomplish. Diyalo looks to build 20 schools by 2026, establish the infrastructure, training and trade connections for agricultural communities to profit off of their crops, and provide clean electricity to under-served Nepalese communities.

Financials

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DIYALO FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 9/1/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Jay Friedlander

College of the Atlantic


Board co-chair

Cori Keene

Keene Consulting

Felix Tettey

IMPAQ International

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes