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Jersey City, NJ, USA | Decemver 2, 2023

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Invitation to ADWAN's Silver Jubilee Charity Gala on December 2, 2023



We are thrilled to invite you to ADWAN's historic Silver Jubilee Charity Gala, an event that celebrates 25 years of dedicated service towards creating a more just and equal society for Dalits, marginalized girls and women of Nepal. 


The gala will be held on December 2nd in Jersey City, NJ, and your gracious presence and support, either in person or virtually, would mean the world to us. Join us as we celebrate our achievements and look forward to a future where everyone is given a fair chance to succeed. There will be a silent auction, stories from the field, and much more. 

Our mission to empower and better the lives of marginalized girls and women of the Dalit (untouchable) caste in Nepal, has grown from one small savings and loan group in an isolated rural mountain village to impacting the lives of over 150,000 individuals throughout Nepal.
Highlights of ADWAN’s first 25 years include:

-Creation and support of ADWAN Women’s Groups, in three distinct areas of rural Nepal, engaged in a variety of self-sustaining, economically viable activities.

-Educational support for Dalit and marginalized girls through purchase of school uniforms, payment of school fees, and learning support.

-Training and practice in leadership, decision making, and running a successful business for members of the women’s groups.

-Training and practice in specific skills like mushroom, vegetable, and flower farming.

-A new USAID funded project to produce and distribute sanitary pads to rural populations including through partnerships with local schools and increased awareness and education around hygiene and women’s health.

Learn about these successes and much more at the gala as we hear the stories of these resilient women who are the true agents of their own change, transforming their lives and communities by replacing deeply ingrained social ills such as caste-based discriminations, gender-based violence, and illiteracy with newfound dignity and self-determination.

We invite you to be a part of this inspiring journey. Your support has the power to transform lives and create a promising future for these determined rural women. Through your donation and participation in this gala event, you will be contributing to a world where hope prevails, and equality thrives. 

Together, let's make a difference in the lives of marginalized communities and pave the way for a more compassionate world.

Kindly RSVP by November 30, 2023 to register <> to attend, either in person or virtually.  If you elect to participate virtually you will be sent a link to access the program. A link to a recording of the event will be sent to all registered participants.

When you become a Sponsor, you're benefiting our following programs:

1. Platinum sponsorship $5,000+ help fund for livelihood trainings to ADWAN's Women Groups and their families.  (Know more about our livelihood trainings:

2. Gold sponsorship $2,500+ help fund for advocacy trainings to members of ADWAN's Women Groups. (Know more about our advocacy services:

3. Silver sponsorship $1,000+ help fund for educational programs including scholarships, literacy programs, and child care services. (Know more about our education services:

4. Supporter sponsorship $500+ help fund for rights based programs. (Know more about our education services:

5. Suggested donation $100+ help fund for ADWAN's various programs including strengthening the organization. (Know more about our services:

6. Gala Door ticket $50 help fund celebrate ADWAN's Silver Jubilee programs, reach out to well-wishers and sponsors. (Know more about ADWAN's Silver Jubilee programs and its milestones:

For event location, donation details and further information, please visit our website at:

Thank you for your unwavering support. Together, we can create lasting change and build a society where every voice is heard and every dream is attainable. 

Warm regards, 

Dr. Bishnu Maya Pariyar, MA, Hon. DLitt.

President, Friends of ADWAN Nepal (USA)
Founding President and Chief Patron,
ADWAN (Association for Dalit Women’s Advancement of Nepal)

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ADWAN Nepal has been at the forefront of crusading for equality and empowerment of Nepal's so-called Dalits and marginalized communities. We've achieved numerous milestones in our struggle, and continue to work tirelessly towards creating a more just and equal society for all.

For a quarter of a century, ADWAN (Association for Dalit Women Advancement of Nepal) has stood as a beacon of hope, leading the charge for equality and empowerment in Nepal. In 19196, Ms. Bishnu Maya Pariyar, 21, started five women's groups in her own village Taklung, Gprkha, Nepal with $150 (Rs. 10,000) from a group of American expats with the support of her parents and sisters. In 1998, ADWAN was established by Ms. Bishnu Maya Pariyar and her friends.


Through our socio-economic, advocacy, livelihood, and education programs, we have championed the cause of Nepal's Dalits and marginalized communities. By equipping them with valuable skills and knowledge, we aim to break down the walls of discrimination and prejudice that have held them back in the past. Together, we have achieved numerous milestones in our relentless pursuit of social justice.

ADWAN has been working to empower women, children, and Dalits who have been marginalized in society since 1998. There are 5,880 Dalit and marginalized women involved from 223 women's groups that benefited: 150,446 +PEOPLE! For these determined rural women the future looks promising. They are true agents of change in a society where intergenerational social ills such as caste-based discriminations, gender-based violence and illiteracy have been replaced by newfound dignity and self-determination.

If you are looking for ways to make a difference in the lives of marginalized communities, join us today.


ADWAN's Impacts Factsheet


ADWAN works through education, literacy-led saving groups and awareness programs and ADWAN women become catalysts for social change, especially in terms of children’s education, awareness on domestic violence and caste-class-gender relations. ADWAN aims to foster a measure of economic independence and education, to boost self-esteem, and to instill solidarity and a sense of national pride. Here are some measured ADWAN facts about positive impact on women and children. The total of 150,446 + women and girls were benefited from ADWAN’s works from 1998 through 2023.


Women Groups

  1. There are total of 223 Women groups affiliated with ADWAN. In these groups, 5,880 women and girls are directly involving as member from Gorkha, Baglung, Arghakhanchi, Chitwan, Tanahu, Gulmi, Kailali, Mugu, Jhapa, Ilam, Kailali, Gulmi, Palpa and Rupendehi. And, total of 23,140+ women and girls are benefited.


Girls Education

  1. School Uniform Distribution program: Total of 16,745 students of Gorkha, Baglung, Arghakhanchi, Chitwan, Sarlahi, Tanahu, Gulmi, Mugu, Jhapa and Ilam.

  2. Individual Sponsorship Program: Total of 1,032 students of Gorkha, Baglung, Arghakhanchi, Chitwan, Gulmi, Kailali, Parpat, Tanahu and Sarlahi.

  3. Ambitious Girls' Fund: Total of 666 Girls from of Gorkha, Baglung, Arghakhanchi, Chitwan, Gulmi, Kailali, Parpat, Tanahu and Sarlahi.

  4. Technical Education support: Total of 19 girls (Staff Nurse, ANM, CMA, Lab Technician, JTA, Law and other health education)

  5. Early Child Education Program: Total of 3,450 children of Gorkha and Baglung.

  6. Adult Education Classes: Total of 3,321 Adults Women from affiliated groups.

  7. Other Capacity Enhancement training: Total of 686 women and girls including board members and staffs.

  8. Day care Center: Total of 14 girls from slum areas of Ratnanagar, Chitwan.


Total beneficiaries: 25,880+ girls and boys.



  1. Basic Skill Development training (7 day): Total of 5,230 Women and Girls of Gorkha, Baglung, Arghakhanchi, Chitwan, Tanahu, Mugu, Jhapa and Ilam.

  2. Short-term Skills development Training (28 days): Total of 1,398 women and girls Gorkha, Baglung, Arghakhanchi, Chitwan, Tanahu, Mugu, Jhapa and Ilam.

  3. Entrepreneurship Capacity Development Training: 6,430 women and girls of Gorkha, Baglung, Arghakhanchi, Chitwan, Tanahu, Mugu, Jhapa and Ilam.

  4. SMEs Establishment Training: Total of 5,041 women and girls.

  5. Seed fund support to SMEs: Total of 5,041 women and girls.


Total beneficiaries: 23,140+ women and girls.



  1. Workshop against "Gender Based Violence": Total of 6,465 Women & Girls of Gorkha, Baglung, Arghakhanchi, Chitwan, and Tanahu.

  2. Workshop against "Caste based Discrimination": Total of 6,465 women & Girls of Gorkha, Baglung, Arghakhanchi, Chitwan, and Tanahu.

  3. Workshop on " The Caste-Based Discrimination and Untouchability (Offence and Punishment) Act, 2068 (2011):  Total of 5,535 women and girls.

  4. Workshop on "Human Rights provisioned in Constitution of Nepal": Total of 4,525 women and girls.

  5. Awareness program on SDGs: Total of 1,500 women and girls

  6. Training on Social Accountability Tools: Total of 1,340 Women and girls

  7. Capacity Development Training: Total of 634 women and girls.


Total beneficiaries: 26,464+ women and girls.

COVID 19, Relief Beneficiaries:

1. Food Item: Number of Household : 1,172 (4,376+ persons)


2. Cash for Work:Person: 375

Total beneficiaries: 5,751 people


3. Medical/Surgical:

Community people: Approx. 21,575 of Shahid Lakhan & Gandaki Rural Municipality through the 14 health posts of Shahid Lakhan and 4 health post of Gandaki Rural Municipality.


Total Covid-19 relief beneficiaries: 27,326+


Earthquake relief beneficiaries: 6,379 households x 4:

Total beneficiaries: 25,496+ people


Total ADWAN benefited so far: 150,446 + people



ADWAN is dedicated to supporting women in all aspects of their lives. Through our women's groups, community outreach, and women empowerment training sessions, we help women claim their rights and reach their full potential. Join us today and become part of a community of empowered women.


ADWAN believes in making education accessible to all. That's why we offer a variety of educational programs including scholarships, literacy programs, and child care services. Our dedicated team ensures that every child has access to the resources they need to succeed.



ADWAN is dedicated to giving advocacy trainings, raising the voice for the voiceless, and educating and empowering the marginalized and Dalits about their rights. Our team of professionals is experienced in creating social change and we are passionately committed to achieving justice for all.


ADWAN believes in empowering individuals through our livelihood training programs. Through our training, we provide individuals with the necessary skills to become self-sufficient and self-reliant. Our training programs are tailored to individual needs and designed to make a positive impact on the communities we serve.



ADWAN is committed to promoting and protecting human rights, including economic and social, cultural, and political rights. We provide training programs to build awareness and understanding of these rights, and equip individuals with the tools necessary to advocate for themselves and their communities.

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