Our Cultural DNA
Nyaya (‘knee-eye-uh’) means “the realization of just systems” in Nepali. We chose that because we aren’t the type of people to sit around and talk about justice. The word implies action, and we are all about realizing the right to health by delivering transparent, data-driven health care for Nepal’s rural poor.
Our cultural DNA is really important to us. And it’s best described by imagining what would happen if you collided the care and concern of a global health doctor with the insatiable drive towards efficiency and scale of a technology entrepreneur.
Here are the values that matter most to us:
Put our patients first
Not our own egos – the dignity and opportunity of our patients is far more important.
Be transparent until it hurts
Doing so is an accountability guarantee against our own human frailties, and it is a way to shift a shamefully substandard global paradigm.
Efficiency = a moral must
We all turn time into resources and opportunity for the rural poor in Nepal. Being a ‘nonprofit’ (we dislike that label and prefer ‘for-purpose’) doesn’t
destine us for slowness, waste, or softness. To the contrary, we’re out to prove that purpose can triumph over profit by constantly pushing towards greater efficiency with entrepreneurial tenacity.
Good ideas and intentions ≠ good enough
We celebrate the results of well-designed implementation, not merely ideas and intentions.
Lions can catch, kill, and eat mice, but they will die doing so because it’s a calorie negative endeavor. So instead they hunt antelopes. Like lions, we can’t afford to hunt mice.
Especially the conventional thinking and way of acting that keeps the poor without health care. Leapfrog in thought and action.
Barriers -> Opportunities
Turn barriers into opportunities. The lens of possibility is desperately needed.
Great design -> Dignity
Everything we build, from a hospital to a business card, is a metaphor for the dignity of the communities we work in. Good design isn’t a luxury – it’s a powerful and real priority.
Smile + Support
This work is hard enough without creating problems for ourselves. We value those we work with, find joy in what we do, celebrate progress, and smile…a lot.