"Our vision is to be the primary radio, newspaper and TV channel in North America representing the Voice of the Nepalese community."
"Our mission is to create and disseminate quality radio, newspaper and TV programs and grow by earning the trust of the Nepalese people. Our much-needed programs will aspire to preserve and promote Nepalese music, language and culture and to ease the process for people of Nepalese origin to associate with the Canadian mainstream. We aim to achieve this by integrating the Nepalese community, technology, and new media systems. We are committed to democratic values. We are also committed to values like honesty, integrity, diversity, creativity and excellent service."
Commitment & Values:
Namaste Radio team stands committed to its values and will work hard to achieve its mission and continue to be the voice of The Nepalese Community. Criticisms will be viewed constructively at Namaste Radio. Its team believes that criticisms help to develop policies that are more democratic, attract professional people with high end skills and improve quality of the programs.
All these help to bond Namaste Radio with the Nepalese people.
preserve and promote Nepalese language, culture and music
promote creativity and talent
broadcast informational and educational programs for adults, youths and kids
create informational networks that help Nepalese newcomers settle
help people of Nepalese origin integrate into the Canadian mainstream
help no-income and low-income Nepalese
Namaste Radio, a Toronto based first Nepalese language FM was started in August 06, 2005 by Mr. Anil Thapa. Its main purpose was to support the Nepalese community in Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Now it has been able to reach almost all Nepalese households in the GTA and around the world through its website (www.namasteradio.org). Its programs include latest news, talk shows, interviews, youth vision, educational programs and music. Like many other community based media, Namaste Radio is also going through tough financial difficulties. To overcome the difficulties, Namaste Radio is now a community based media organization. It is registered as Namaste Nepal Community Association (NNCA). It will operate by the name of Namaste Radio. To run day to day operations, Namaste Radio’s Board consists of Portfolio Members and Team Leaders. It has four teams for proper functioning. They are all governed by its By-Laws. It has clear policies for Program Development. It also, has a transparent accounting system of checks and balances in place. Currently, Namaste Radio now has over 100 members and about 3000 listeners in the GTA.
Currently the main source of income is from advertisements which cover only part of the operating cost. To sustain it, Namaste Radio volunteers have employed different fundraising measures. They visited Nepalese houses in GTA and played the Deusi/Bhailo. Nepalese living in Toronto very happily welcomed Namaste Radio Deusi/Bhailo team and donated whatever they could with big smile and appreciation. As a result, Deusi/Bhailo team not only brought our ancient and unique tradition of Deusi/Bhailo to Nepalese doorsteps, but also collected a total of CAD 2700 for Namaste Radio. Namaste Radio in cooperation with the University of Toronto's Nepal Group organized the first Nepali film festival in Canada titled "Focus on Nepal". The one day film festival took place on December 3rd, 2005 at the Innis Town Hall. The "Focus on Nepal" raised CAD 3200 for Namaste Radio. Dedicated volunteers like Ms. Anjali Moktan and Mrs. Rina Upadhyaya helped to generate CAD 500 by selling MOMO during the festival. Since its establishment; many Nepalese individuals have volunteered at Namaste Radio. Without their support it would not be possible to sustain Namaste Radio. Namaste Radio is grateful to all these individuals.
In the past Namaste Radio has also taken several initiatives to bridge the Nepalese community with the Canadian mainstream. The initiatives include:
Active participation in the South Asian Business Festival organized by C.M.R on Sept 3rd and 4th , 2005
Organizing the First Professional Networking Gala for Nepalese Canadian at North York Civic Center on Jan 7th, 2006. People from different professional backgrounds, new immigrants and odd job holders shared their ideas. Various key speakers highlighted their experiences and many Nepalese benefited in areas of job search from it.
Currently the main source of income is from advertisements
which cover only part of the operating cost. A team
of dedicated volunteers are working on long term fundraising
projects like preparing grant proposals to get government
and non-government funding. All these promising activities
here at Namaste Radio will draw a proper vision and
help to ensure reliable financial inflow for long
term sustainability and development.
Fundraising is a collective effort of all the teams. To sustain it, Namaste Radio Team has employed different fundraising techniques like tradition and culture, special events, grant writing, membership, donations, song request program and commercial sponsors. Currently the main source of income is from advertisements which cover only part of the operating cost. A team of dedicated volunteers are working on long term fundraising projects like preparing grant proposals to get government and non-government funding. We rely on the generosity of our supporters to make our much-needed programs possible. We welcome any and all assistance in gathering the funds to carry out our mission. If you would like to put on an event on behalf of Namaste Radio, your help is welcome.
Radio is now a community based media organization.
It is registered as Namaste Nepal Community Aassociation
(NNCA). It will operate by the name of Namaste Radio.
Its new website is www.namasteradio.org. It has Board
members and decisions are taken by consensus in a
meeting. To ensure trust, develop reliable financial
inflow and improve long term sustainability, Namaste
Radio is undergoing major changes. They include:
A process of being registered as a charity organization
(we are working on it)
A business account has been put in place
More content and a new outlook to our website
By Laws and Policy for Program Development posted
on our website
For transparency; account information will be
posted on its website
Initiate and increase memberships to integrate
the Nepalese community
Member names and contribution will be listed
on its website (optional)
Initiate member participation in improving quality
Increase volunteer participation in improving
quality of programs
Increase donor list to achieve financial inflow
Donor names and contribution will be listed on
its website (optional)
Elections in summer of 2007
Membership and Community Support:
In addition with its long term fundraising strategies,
Namaste Radio is also initiating other measures like
memberships (family and individual) and other special
events. Namaste Radio has realized that participation
of the community is vital to its growth. To incorporate
participation and reap its benefits; Namaste Radio
is in the process of being registered as a charity
organization. Greater community support and a general
membership process help leverage internal and external
funds. It also helps to improve the quality of programs.
Thus Namaste Radio is seeking the support of Nepalese
families and individuals to join as members and contribute
CAD 20.00 a year for general membership. The idea
behind this is that every family or person who becomes
a member will take initiative in caring for Namaste
Radio. It is also seeking support from Nepalese community
organizations in North America. We are hopeful it
will generate a dialogue between Namaste Radio and
the Nepalese community and help ensure trust, make
it easy to conduct elections in 2007, improve the
quality of its program, develop reliable financial
inflow and improve long term sustainability.
Vote and elect board members in general election and become a board member
Participate in opinion surveys to depict listeners choice
Receive discounts from sponsor businesses
Certificate of membership and avail reference for various purposes
Individual and family birthday announcement on our Sunday broadcast (let us know by Friday)
Benefits of donating to Namaste
Tax deducible receipt for donation contribution
(we are working to register as a charity)
For transparency names and contribution will be
listed on its website (optional)
Lobby for program improvement and change
Challenges confronting the current
Develop infrastructure towards making a community
based and a charity organization
Pave the way towards financial sustainability
Develop proposal to receive government grants
Develop infrastructure for 2007 summer elections
after which the board will be a elected one
Develop trust and generate community participation
Improve quality of the programs
Engage committed volunteers
Compensation to some personnel
Develop and maintain a user friendly and content
Volunteering is an integral part of the organization and volunteers are viewed with great dignity and respect. Volunteering provides each of us with unique benefits. Some of us volunteer to help build a stronger Nepalese community, while others want to improve their skills and discover new routes to personal and professional development. At Namaste Radio volunteers can come from all walks of life, age groups, cultures, abilities, and backgrounds.
Namaste Radio acknowledges the fact
that Nepalese organizations in North America are interdependent
and need to support each other on issues of importance
to realize full potential in our society and grow
in the North American economy at large. Namaste Radio
will work closely with community organizations in
Appeal to the Nepalese community:
Your support is of immense value to Namaste Radio.
It will give us an opportunity to share and learn
and hopefully allow us to create positive changes.
Your support will allow Namaste Radio to be a vehicle
in helping bring awareness and possibilities to those
who are in need. Namaste Radio can demonstrate personal
concern for the Nepalese community and present creative
solutions to complex problems. It can inject a can-do
spirit where there is much to be done, and bring enthusiasm
where it is needed most.