Our Mission

Jara provides emergency education to impoverished and disaster-affected communities around the world through the Jara Unit.

The Jara Unit is a personal handheld device that can be used anywhere, anytime, without requiring access to infrastructure. Jara empowers people to rebuild their communities and continue their education, despite their circumstance.

Jara aims to empower all individuals to attain quality education without losing cultural roots. "Jara," in fact, means "root" in the Nepali language; our primary focus is Nepal. The 2015 earthquake in Nepal displaced many citizens and schools were torn down.


Why Nepal?

Nepal is now a forgotten emergency, but it is still an emergency.

The 2015 earthquake in Nepal displaced millions of people, with over 1 million out of school kids. 8,242 community schools have been impacted, with 25,134 classrooms fully destroyed and another 22,097 partially damaged.

There are few schools that have been effectively rebuilt after the earthquake. Even with the schools rebuilt, it remains a challenge for children to attend, especially without plumbing systems near the schools.


How does it work?


The Jara Unit

We provide emergency education through the Jara Unit - the first low-cost education device that uses basic technology and does not require any pre-existing infrastructure. It contains pre-loaded educational content customized to each region of deployment.


Sustainable Education

People can learn anytime, anywhere. It is wireless, waterproof, dust-proof, durable, and consistently secure. In addition, it uses non-conventional, crank and solar, energy sources. Furthermore, the Jara Unit is contextually gamified in order to boost retention rate.


Contextual Education

The key to designing for humanitarian relief: assume nothing. We work with local content partners and communities in order to empower people to rebuild their communities.


Types of Education


i.e. Math, Science, English, Nepali sourced from local and international educators, open source resources, and existing educational database.


How to build a plumbing system with the resources around you in Western Nepal, equipping our students with the skillset to develop businesses and take micro-loans.


How to deal with loss after natural disaster or displacement, what other resources are available, how to engage in your community, etc.

Awards & Nominations

Forbes Under 30 Change the World Competition

OpenIDEO Education in Emergencies

Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge
1st Runner Up

Global Social Venture Competition
Regional Finalist

Entrepreneur Scholar

Education in Emergencies Alliance
Featured Initiative

Katapult Future Fest
Selected Startup


Under 30 Changemakers Summit

Burning Man - Burners Without Borders

Skoll World Forum

Women’s Economic Empowerment Global Summit



We’re proud of all we’ve accomplished so far:

  • Built prototypes: V.1 , V.2 , V.3

  • Designed and implemented research in remote parts of Nepal

  • Published research paper “Education and Learning in Nepal’s Under-Resourced and Remote Communities”

  • Tested V.3 prototype in Nepal

  • Acquired 6 years of Stanford Research proving teaching through devices effective

  • Partnership with Gorkha Foundation

  • Partnership with Nodle.io