News & Activities

Educational field visit to the Zoo for 6 public schools’ children.

Daya Foundation had organized and sponsored an educational field visit to the Zoo for 6 public schools’ children. It was a great way for students to observe animals and feel a connection with wildlife. They also learnt about the conservation efforts to protect endangered species and diversity of animal life, their habitats and diet.

Youmari purnima

In Newari tradition, yo (favorite) Mari ( mithai) is one of the favorite winter delicacies. When Children turned two years of age they were adorned with yomari necklace mala.  The two year birthday is an auspicious celebration.  Families gather together and learn the intricate art of making this special dish. Yomari is made with the rice flour and it is shaped like a fish. In Newari community it is popular in the time of December during the full moon. This festival is dedicated to goddess of grain, Annapurna. In traditional society where love restrictive among the younger generation, Yomari Punhi’s ‘Yomari Fonegu’ culture was used as a sneaking day to meet the partner offering the Yomari to their beloved.

Cultural Video Contest

Participate in Nepal's First and Biggest Cultural Video Contest.
Send us video on Newari Culture with maximum length of 3 minutes in HD Quality through WETRANSFER in and get a chance to show Newari culture and win :

First Prize Nrs.50,000 with trophy,
Second Prize Nrs. 25,000 with trophy,
Third Prize Nrs. 20,000 with trophy,
Fourth to tenth Nrs. 15,000 with trophy each.

Lets explore our culture and create a master piece !!!

Deadline for enrollment : 31st December, 2022


Your chance to promote our cultural heritage

This is your chance to promote our cultural heritage @Cultural Video Contest- Newari Edition

Please read all the Terms & Conditions thoroughly.

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Cultural Video Contest- Newari Edition



Come, participate and showcase your talent @ Cultural Video Contest- Newari Edition
For more details, stay tuned.

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Book Distribution & Virtual Training during Pandemic

Daya Foundation distributed fiction and nonfiction books to the students in four public schools as an alternative way of continuing education during the Covid crisis period. Virtual training was organized for the teachers to guide their students to write book responses, stories, and poems, and assignments were given to the students to be creative and explore the world around them.

Nepal Adarsha Secondary School Receives Bronze Award

Daya Foundation encouraged Nepal Adarsha Secondary School to plan and set up a real school business integrating the school curriculum (Occupation, Business, and Technology Education) of 8th grade as project-based learning and assisted them to participate in School Enterprise Challenge-UK based charity program. We are proud that the School got a bronze level award for its innovative business model for using an environment-friendly and cultural theme.

Youth Music Contest

Daya Foundation is organizing a music competition called "Youth Music Contest 2021" for the youth on the occasion of the New Year in collaboration with Civil Bank Limited. The winners of this contest will be rewarded with attractive cash prizes. The first, second, and third cash prizes are Rs. 25,000/-, Rs. 15,000/- and Rs. 10,000/- respectively. The main objective of this contest is to promote culture through arts (music), encourage youth to be creative, reflect the importance of their culture through music, and help divert the attention of the youth from the stress caused by the pandemic.

Young individuals between the ages of 15 and 28 will be able to participate in this program. Interested contestants must upload a song (maximum length of up to 5 minutes) sung by themselves through a mobile application such as Starmaker, Samuel, etc., or by playing a musical instrument to the "Youth Music Contest 2021" Facebook group. Competitors will be able to sing songs in any language, although songs sung in various native languages ​​of Nepal will be given priority. As this competition is organized to encourage new talented young singers, new talents are invited to participate with special priority.

As the global epidemic has created difficulties in the work and education of the youth, in particular, it is very important to hold such programs to divert their attention from this problem, said Mr. Rajesh Pradhan, President of Daya Foundation. Mr. Govinda Gurung, Chief Executive Officer of Civil Bank, agreed and added that the contest was organized to reduce the mental stress among the youth caused due to the pandemic.

Timeline & Selection Criteria:

The first step is to upload your song by 21:21 of January 12 (Tuesday). A total of 21 contestants will be selected by the jury and anounced on 21:21 of January 15 (Friday). The 21 contestants will have to upload their second song by 21:21 of January 18 (Monday). The selected videos shall be made public for voting on  21:21 of January 18 (Monday). The winners of the Youth Music Contest 2021 will be decided based on 70% of the likes received through the Facebook group of the "Youth Music Contest 2021" and a weighted average of 30% of the points awarded by the jury. The deadline for voting ends on 21:21, January 20 (Wednesday). The winners shall be announced on January 21st, 21st Hour 21st Minute (21:21).

To participate, join the ‘Youth Music Contest 2021’ Facebook group

Annual Program of Shankar Lamichhane Academy

Shankar Lamichhane was a Nepalese writer who introduced stream-of-consciousness into Nepalese literature. Shankar Lamichhane Academy was established in his honour. The main objective of the academy is to uplift the Nepali literature. 

Daya foundation provides annual support to the academy to uplift the Nepali literature and conserve our culture. 

On the 41st death anniversary of Late Shankar Lamichhane (on 18th March, 2017), Shankar Lamichhane Academy organized annual program to honor his deeds and few of the Nepalese writers. Daya foundation staffs attended the program and provided financial support to the academy representing Daya Foundation.

Some of the Popular quotes by Late Shankar Lamichhane:

“My life is an abstract life. I am avoiding it everyday and it’s avoiding me everyday.”

“Literature cannot be reality in a same way as literature cannot be idealistic.” 

“I am helpless because I achieved popularity more than what I actually am.” 

“I am not a man of the present. I am a man who is yet to be born, a thousand years from today. And in that distant future, these limitations of nationality, religion, faith and politics will no longer exist.”

Community Health Screening




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Book Launch of “Anubhav ra Anubhuti” by Dayaram Bhakta Mathema

A book by late Dayaram Bhakta Mathema, “Anubhav ra Anubhuti- Jeeva Yatra ka Etihasik Mod” was launched on Friday August 12, 2016 by Mr. Himalaya Shumsher J.B. Rana ,the well known civil society leader and the first governor of Nepal Rastra Bank-Central Bank of Nepal and Mr Satya Mohan Joshi ,a renowned littérateur and senior culture expert, Present among the guests were Dr. Safalya Amatya, renowned historian and Mr. Kedar Bhakta Mathema, previous Vice Chancellor of Tribhuwan University.

Late Dayaram Bhakta Mathema’s book weaves the history of Nepal through political accounts of the autocratic Rana regime and the first movement of democracy of 2007 B.S (1951 A.D). This was prior to King Tribhuvan’s decision to take asylum in the Indian Embassy with his royal entourage. Mathema was in the palace service and worked as secretary. He was a close confidant to King Tribhuwan and King Mahendra and also served as one of the chief advisors. “Anubhav ra Anubhuti” a memoir, is a sincere illustration of the political and personal facts and events based on his real life experience. The book proves to be an achievement in Nepalese literature and a personal narration. This book undoubtedly is a priceless possession for historians and researchers who seek to know more about that period of Nepal.

The book is a memoir by Late Dayaram Bhakta Mathema who was a visionary, a patriot and philanthropist of Nepal. His memoir portrays valuable insights into the history of Nepal (2001 B.S– 2018 B.S), a period when he served in the court of Rana prime ministers and Shah Kings. This book is produced by Daya Foundation, an organization founded in the name of late Dayaram Bhakta Mathema. This Foundation works in the field of education, health and culture for the promotion of the well being of the people of Nepal.

"Anubhav Ra Anubhuti" by Dayaram Bhakta Mathema

Book Launch-Friday, August 12, 2016

"Anubhav Ra Anubhuti - Jeevan Yatra ka Etihasik Mode", by Late Dayaram Bhakta Mathema (1926 - 2008) is published by Daya Foundation. This book is a memoir of Dayaram Bhakta Mathema, who served in the royal palace as the private secretary to King Tribhuvan, and later to King Mahendra, during a crucial period in Nepal's history.

The book gives an account of the early life of Mathema, who was born in an illustrious Newar family with a long history of serving as courtiers and high officials in the court of the Rana prime ministers. It talks about his early upbringing and his attempt to study abroad. This is followed by his humble beginnings in the service of the royal palace and his rise to the position of private secretary and confidante to King Tribhuvan. The book ends with his entrepreneurial activities after his retirement.

The period in which Mathema served King Tribhuvan was a difficult time in Nepal's history, during the first movement of democracy in 2007 B.S. (1951 A.D.). The power of the state was concentrated in the hands of the Rana prime ministers while the Shah Kings were only figure heads. It was also a time when few educated people had organized political parties or were active in campaigns against the Ranas. It was then that Mathema played an important role as a liaison between King Tribhuvan, who was virtually a prisoner in his own palace, and the Nepali Congress leaders living in India and incognito in Kathmandu. It was a risky job since anyone who was caught helping the political parties were sure to be put into prison, if not put to death on charges of treason. Mathema's own close relative and mentor, Dharma Bhakta, was executed by the Ranas in 1941 on charges of conspiring against them.

In November 1950, King Tribhuvan and his family flew to India and took asylum there. Mathema continued to assist the king during his stay in Delhi. The king's sudden departure from Kathmandu and increased political pressure led by the Nepali Congress rebel forces made the Ranas ultimately give in and brought an end to their regime. King Tribhuvan returned to a hero's welcome in Kathmandu on February 1951. His reign after the overthrow of the Ranas was however short-lived and he died in 1955. When King Tribhuvan was succeeded by his eldest son, King Mahendra, Mathema continued to serve the new king in various capacities. In the year 1961 he was made to retire when he voiced his opinion for Nepal's democracy.

After his retirement Mathema directed his attention to the education of his son and daughters. He also focused his energy in promoting the private business sector of Nepal, and played a pivotal role in opening the first foreign bank in the country. Along with his success in business Mathema also put his efforts into the restoration and promotion of the cultural heritage of Kathmandu.

Mathema's memoir takes us back to the era of the Rana regime and Nepal's monarchy while unfolding certain unknown facts connecting the events of that period. It proves to be a unique narration and is an achievement in Nepali literature. The book is undoubtedly a priceless possession for historians and researchers who seek to know more about this significant period in Nepal's history.

Late Dayaram Bhakta Mathema was a philanthropist and visionary who believed in the essence of humanitarian actions. Daya Foundation, a non-profit initiative, has been established in his vision to uplift the education, health, and culture of the country.