If you missed our annual fundraiser with journalist Michael Wolff, author of Fire & Fury and Siege, and IAB Executive Chair Randall Rothenberg holding a fireside chat discussing Trump, Biden, the US elections and the transfer of power, you can now watch it on demand.
Not on NetFlix or Hulu or Disney Plus. Watch the fireside chat exclusively right here on SupportTeamDaya.com – it is Donation Video on Demand!
In all seriousness, watch the replay, and if you missed our fundraiser and can make a donation, we appreciate it. Until December 31st, The Trade Desk is matching your donations up to USD $40,000. Donate here.
Randall and Michael played themselves in classic fashion, with a fun, insightful chat on American politics between two old friends.
Editorial note: in classic 2020 fashion, Randall’s camera malfunctioned for the first few minutes. All other bloopers were edited out, only seen by our production staff or left in on purpose ;)-. Enjoy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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:
(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.