ABOUT ADWAN.ORG

Founding President, Chief Patron

Dr. Bishnu Maya Pariyar

 

President

Pampha Pariyar Gurung

Vice President

Sapana Sunar

 

General Secretary

Bindu Pariyar

 

Treasurer

Pampha Nepali

 

Executive Members

 

Sarswoti Kisan

Maya Lamsal

Ram Maya BK

Sapana Pariyar

Tirtha BK

 

Advisors

Dr. Drona Prakash Rasaili
Dr. Pramod Dhakal
Binod Pahadi, former CA member
Pradeep Pariyar Thapa Magar,

Editor-in-Chief, USNepalOnline.com
Dr. Gopal Sibakoti,

INHURED International

Trikhatri

Bhadra Man Mote


Legal Advisor
Advocate Jiban Pariyar, LLB

 

ADWAN Co-founders

1998-2000

 

Bishnu Maya Pariyar
Rupa Baraili
Sita Pariyar
Sujata Pariyar
Saraswati Pariyar
Pampha Pariyar
Anita Pariyar

 

ADWAN Staffs

 

Executive Director

Kamal Babu Pariyar

District Project Coordinator

Rejindra Dangal

Finance & Admin Officer

Prabha Pariyar

 

District Project Coordinator

Rejindra Dangal

 

Finance & Admin Officer

Prabha Pariyar

 

Social Mobilizer-1

Sanu Babu Ale Magar

 

Social Mobilizer-2

Babita Pariyar

 

Social Mobilizer-3

Bishal Pariyar

 

Field Worker-1

Nar Bdr. Nepali

 

Field Worker-2

Subhakala Nepali

 

Field Worker-3

Saraswoti Kisan

 

Field Worker-4

Bir Bdr. Pariyar

 

Field Worker-5

Beli Maya Basel

 

Field Worker-6

Rita Pariyar

 

Field Worker-7

Gham Raj Pariyar

Field Worker-7 (Karuna Trust)

Ashmaya Pariyar

 

Child Education Teacher-1

Bhim Bahadur BK

 

Child Education Teacher-2

Srijana Thapa Magar

 

Child Education Teacher-3

Ram Maya BK

 

CONTACT Us

 

ADWAN Nepal Office

Shree Kumari Marg, House # 75

Baluwatar, Kathmandu

Nepal GPO NO: 15142 KPC 864

Tel; 977-1-4417165

Email: adwannepal@gmail.com

 

Official Point Persons:

 

Dr. Bishnu Maya Pariyar
Foundering President & Patron
Cell: +1-617-320-9768 (USA)
Email: bishnump@gmail.com

Kamal Babu Pariyar
Executive Director
Cell: 977-985-113-9602

Email: adwannepal@gmail.com

 

Sister Organization in USA:

             

Friends of ADWAN (FAN)
126 Main Street
PO Box 725
Watertown, MA 02471

www.friendsofadwan.org
Email: friendsofadwan@gmail.com

ADWAN.ORG

adwan.org@gmail.com

Change in Numbers

ADWAN.ORG's funding has, so far, benefited more than 50 thousand Dalit and marginalized women and their families in Nepal covering 392 groups, 7 Districts, 27 VMs (VDCs) and 35 schools. It invested 24% in children education which benefited total 14,934 students and 76% funding went to women empowerment which benefited total of 34,633 women and family members.

ADWAN (Association for Dalit Women Advancement of Nepal) is a human rights organization for Dalit (so called low-caste) women and children. It is a non-political, not profit making and non-government organization (NGO) legally registered at Kathmandu District Administration Office (D.A.O. Reg. No. 99/055/056) and is affiliated to Social Welfare Council. The organization was founded in 2055 B.S. (1998 A.D.) by a group of young and motivated Dalit women who had overcome immense obstacles of poverty, gender and caste discrimination and is run by them.

 

Its main objective is the empowerment of Dalit women and children.  It is working in rural Nepal promoting solidarity for women across caste lines and empowering them through education, micro finance, human rights awareness and health trainings.

 

Through education, literacy-led saving groups and awareness programs the women become catalysts for social change, especially in terms of children’s education, domestic violence and caste-class-gender relations. ADWAN aims to foster a measure of economic independence, to boost self-esteem, and to instill solidarity and a sense of national pride. ADWAN currently operates in Gorkha, Ilam, Arghakhanchi, Baglung, Jhapa, Chitwan and Sarlahi. It has formed 78 Dalit women’s groups uniting over 2,200 rural women into saving and credit groups.

 

Bishnu Maya Pariyar is the founder of the organization. Ms Pariyar is one of eight daughters from a Dalit (Damai) family of traditional tailor in rural Gorkha. She has personally overcome immense obstacles of poverty, gender and caste discrimination to become a social worker and activist. She has currently graduated Master’s Degree from Clark University (one of the world’s top university in the USA) in “International Development and Social Change”.

 

Vision

 

“To establish equitable society free of caste, class and gender discriminations.”

 

Mission

 

The mission of ADWAN is to bring Dalit women into the mainstream of state governing mechanism by empowering and sensitizing them to establish human right, democracy, sustainable peace and equitable society.

 

Goal

 

ADWAN aims to eliminate caste and gender based discrimination against Dalit women and to empower them socially, economically, politically and educationally.

 

Objectives

 

To raise awareness against discrimination, exploitation and injustice over Dalit women
To foster economic condition of Dalit women by saving and credit program
To unite and organize Dalit women
To make rural Dalit women economically self-dependant by providing skill development and vocational trainings
To conduct workshops, seminars, interactions and training programs on human right, child right, gender and untouchability.
To conduct literacy class, pre-school class and distribute scholarships to Dalit women and children.
To develop Dalit women’s leadership for political participation and community development
To build up solidarity, network and alliance with like minded organization for advocacy, justice and empowerment of Dalit women

 

Program Implementation Strategy

 

Need assessment and survey of project proposed area
Project design on the basis of community need and geographical situation
Mobilization of volunteers and staffs
Capacity enhancement of members and staffs of all levels
Services and programs outreaching to the rural focused community
Formation of group, networking with local people and civic organizations for sustainability of the project

 

Regular Programs

 

ADWAN believes that Dalit women can be empowered through three themes. So, it works on integrated programs of all three themes. The activities of those themes are:

 

Theme 1: Educational Programs   

 

NFE
Pre-school Classes
Scholarship for school level children
Scholarship for college level girls

 

Theme 2: Income Generating Programs

 

Group Saving and Credit
Micro Loan
Skill development and Vocational Trainings

 

Theme 3: Advocacy and Awareness Programs

 

Human Rights trainings
Social and Political awareness trainings
Women Health and Hygiene Trainings
Workshops and Interaction at community level
Gender and Human Rights Advocacy

 

On-going Activities:

 

ADWAN is working dominantly in Dalit communities of rural parts of Nepal, neglected by other development agencies. It focuses on community mobilization, and creates women’s solidarity groups, where possible of mixed castes. ADWAN has organized 79 saving and loan groups comprising of more than 2200 women (Dalit in major roles and number). Groups formed since 1998 and onwards are thriving and growing. Over 1500 secondary level students are benefited by uniform stipend program, 104 students are individually sponsored by US citizens and 21 college students (girls) are benefiting from higher study scholarship program called “Ambitious Girls’ Fund”. 126 women from 20 groups are now engaged in micro enterprises with the loan provided by ADWAN’s Micro Loan Project. 4 literacy classes and 6 pre-school classes are ongoing. The group women have become the role model of community development and social transformation. The major on-going activities are:

 

Pre-school Classes for pre-primary children
Uniform Stipend and Sponsorship for school level children (girls and boys)
Scholarship for college level girls
Group Saving and Credit
Micro Loan
Human Rights Workshops
Advocating Human Rights, Violence against Women, Dalit and Dalit Women
Skill Development and C apacity Building Trainings
Women Health workshop
Net working, publicity and joint movements

 

National / Local Level Affiliation & Partnership

 

Dalit NGO Federation (DNF)
Dalit NGO Federation-Nepal (DNF-Nepal)
Durban Review Committee (DRC)
Dalit Citizen’s Movement
Feminist Dalit Organization (FEDO)
Jagaran Media Center (JMC)
Jan Uttan Pratisthan (JUP)
Kathmandu Training Center
Local area Development Trust Fund,
National Alliance for women human right defenders (NAWHRD),
National Badi Right Struggle Committee,
National Coalition Against Racial Discrimination (NCARD),
National Dalit Commission (NDC),
National Human Right Commission,
National Women Commission,
Protection Desk-Nepal,
Rural Empowerment Society,
SAHAS Nepal,
Women Rehabilitation Center (WOREC),
VDCs and DDCs of Gorkha, Baglung and Arghakhanchi

International Level Affiliation & Partnership

 

British Council

Friends of ADWAN (FAN), USA

European Union

Karuna Foundation, UK

 

Output

 

The unity and solidarity among Dalit women has created decrease in untouchability and gender discrimination
Significant decrease in domestic violence and bad cultures
All Dalit children belonging to women’s group attend school and their performance in school has improved
Dalit women are involving in business initiatives
Dalit women are participating in community development and are involving in civic and political organizations
Improvement in home environment, cleanness and hygiene
Change in traditional mind set and awareness
Improvement in economic condition

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