In 2016, we scaled up our commitment to increase digital literacy and the use of open data in Nepal to empower women and minorities. Make tax deductible donations now to digitally empower Nepal. 100% of the funds will go towards our operations.
- NepalMap: We launched NepalMap, a web app to make data on Nepal easily accessible, understandable, and sharable. On average 8,500 people use the app every month.
- Scholarship for up to 25 Nepali women to learn coding: We have partnered with TECHRISE, a local private entity in Nepal that offers bootcamp training for various programming languages, to equip young women with advanced web development skills. We are raising funds to provide full scholarships to 25 young women in Nepal to learn web development skills. Donate now to empower women in Nepal.
- Increasing Digital Literacy in Dhanusha: We funded a study in Dhanusha district about the status of computer literacy in public schools. We are partnering with a local non-profit in Nepal to operate a digital literacy center in Janakpur, and train at least 150 youth from a disadvantaged background to be digitally equipped to tackle professional as well as personal challenges.
- Documenting and helping end street harassment in Nepal: We launched the #IWalkFreely campaign to gather data on the status of street harassment in Nepal and raise awareness to end street harassment. We published our findings in Nepali Times and Setopati based on 1,100+ responses.
- Using photos and videos to help build inclusive Nepal: In a bid to raise awareness on digital literacy and generate culture-driven creative content, we launched the “Ko Nepali?” Video and Photo Competition in February. The competition was open to Nepalis all around the world, and in true spirit of inclusivism, entries were accepted in four of the most spoken native tongues in the country as well as in English. Over 150 submissions were received. Check out the winners!
- Rahat Payo: Rahat Payo was a survey we initiated to assess the state of relief distribution in post-earthquake Nepal. In February, we released results from the survey we conducted in Barpark, Gorkha, the epicenter of the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit the country on April 25th, 2015. 98% of the respondents (out of sample population of 703) said they had received relief aid within 1-8 weeks of the earthquake. However, after ten months of the incident, most of the locals were still living in temporary shelters, even in the prevailing sub-zero temperatures. We shared the data with a local non-profit working to help the people of Barpark so their efforts can be directed by the voice of the local residents and their needs.