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Matching Grant & Pandemic Updates from Team Dayā

Namaste!

We hope this post finds you and your family safe and healthy during this pandemic. We are writing with updates including a new challenge grant we have been given for the month of August 2020.

First, one of our current supporters, Shiv Gupta, the founder of the digital marketing education company U of Digital, will match the next $4,000 in contributions to Team Dayā.

If you are able, please consider a gift.

The other good news is we have an expanding team that is ready to go into the field to resume school building in 2021, post pandemic, when we get the green light from our non-profit partner buildOn.

In addition to our Nepal team members (who all intend to participate in future school builds), our new team members include Michael Benedek of Datonics, Gerry Berton of Microsoft and Youssef Ben Youssef of Roku. These individuals have committed to a personal fundraising goal as well as traveling to a future school groundbreaking.

The pandemic has been a time of reflection for many of us. We want Team Dayā to come out stronger than ever on the other side of this. This means continuing to build our core team and staying ahead of our fundraising goals. Our non-profit partner buildOn has seen donations drop 20% this year, so if you have the means, please consider a 2020 gift.

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Remember our first schoolhouse in Dhayapur, Nepal was completed in February before the world started to shut down in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Nepal has been impacted like everywhere else, but as of now, schools are scheduled to reopen this month.

Our second school groundbreaking, scheduled for Malawi in East Africa in April, was postponed just five weeks prior to departure. Schools in Malawi remain closed at the moment with the looming possibility of a country lock-down to curb a recent rise in COVID numbers.

Help Team Dayā stay healthy during this pandemic so we can rise stronger than ever after this pandemic. With your help, we can be prepared to break the cycle of poverty and illiteracy in some of the poorest countries on earth.

Donate to Team Dayā. August donations will be matched (up to $4,000) by Shiv Gupta and digital marketing education company U of Digital.

Have questions? Think you or a friend might want to join our team? Please get in touch – we would love to hear from you.

Grateful for your support,

Jay Sears
Founder
Team Dayā

School Building Progress in Dhayapur, Nepal

When Team Dayā left Dhayapur this past October, we had successfully completed the school groundbreaking, working with the community to dig the foundation and organize various materials (stone, brick, rebar) that would be used for the school construction.

The Dhayapur community, along with skilled labor provided by our non profit partner buildOn, has made amazing progress on the three room school house and the accompanying girls and boys latrine since the October groundbreaking. Here are a few photos of the work through the first week of January.

Your donations made this happen! Please consider making a 2020 donation to Team Dayā so we can continue our school building work.

If you scroll down below this new album, you can see a few photos on what things looked like in October during the ground breaking, just 90 days ago. We expect the community will complete the school between now and the end of February or so. We’ll continue to provide updates.

-Team Dayā

PHOTO, below: Team Dayā member Jordan Mitchell at the groundbreaking ceremony in October.

PHOTO, below: The first days of activity were a lot of intense, manual labor – all the foundation was excavated by hand using hoes and shovels.

PHOTO, below: After the first week of work, the foundation was excavated and the footing and column work was underway.

Team Dayā: Our 2020 Plans for Malawi & Guatemala

Happy holidays from Team Dayā!

Thanks to each of you, 2019 was a great first year for Team Dayā, a group of your friends from the advertising & technology industries who are building primary schools in some of the most impoverished places in the world.

We went from an idea to completing our first school groundbreaking in Dhayapur, Nepal in October 2019 just twelve months after our founding. We could not have done this without the financial support from hundreds of our friends in the advertising and technology industries, including major gifts from The Trade Desk and WideOrbit. Please take a minute to look at photos and read two heartwarming firsthand accounts of our Nepal groundbreaking.

We are doubling down in 2020, with two scheduled school groundbreakings. The first groundbreaking will be April 19, 2020 in Malawi (East Africa). Our second groundbreaking will be October 11, 2019 in Guatemala (Central America).

We need your help to make these projects in 2020 happen, and to continue to plan to grow our efforts in 2021 and 2022. Here is how you can be part of our team:

Thanks and best wishes for a fantastic 2020.

-Jay, Jordan, Suman, Jaryd, Winnie, Hasan & Gerry

Successful Team Dayā New York City Fundraiser

(PHOTO, ABOVE: At the fundraiser, Team Dayā members Winnie Yang, Jordan Mitchell, Suman Chagarlamudi, Jaryd Knutsen and Jay Sears report on the first school groundbreaking.)

A big thanks to our industry friends that came out to Team Dayā’s first ever holiday fundraiser in New York City on Wednesday, December 11, 2019. It had only been about six weeks since returning from our first school groundbreaking in Nepal, and it was a great opportunity to share photos and stories of the experience.

We had a great turnout from the industry including Ed Carey of Audience Town; Alex Barocas of Boston Consulting Group; Steve Woolway of DoubleVerify; Alex Moore of Facebook; Michael Gellar; Dave DiAngelo of InMobi; David Jacobs of Konduit.me; Nick Jordan of Narrative I/O; Caitlin Nelson of Narrative I/O; Preeti Farooque of Pinterest; Matt Prohaska of Prohaska Consulting; Ariff Quli of QMedia LLC; Michael Chevallier of Rubicon Project; Laila Corcino of Rubicon Project; Michael Collins of Spire Capital Partners; Catherine Dale of SpoxX; Aaron Shuster of Transunion; Dave Aston of WideOrbit; Aftin Coakley of WideOrbit; Frederick Lee of WideOrbit; Will Offeman of WideOrbit; and Martin Walsh of WideOrbit.

A big, big thanks to Laila Corcino and the Rubicon Project for the donation of the event space, food and drinks for the event.