Aythos, Inc. (Conway, AR)

Name

  • Name:David Mabry
  • Title:Finance Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Aythos, Inc.
  • Address:2695 Dave Ward Dr
    Unit E-7
    Conway, AR 72034
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:617-413-8506

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General

  • Mission:
  • Our mission is to support rural community-led development projects in Nepal that are both economically and environmentally sustainable. We do this by providing skills-based trainings to rural communities, and empowering local leaders.

  • Overview:
  • Aythos is a small NGO managed by a team of dedicated volunteers with expertise in international development and organizational management. We have one paid staff person, an impressive young woman named Nima Sherpa who is driven by the prospect of helping to bring opportunity to rural villages in Nepal.

    Aythos is currently working in four villages in Sindhupalchok District, Nepal. Aythos's relationship with these villages goes back several years, and as a result of its relationships with its residents, the organization has come to understand their aspirations and the challenges they face. That is why the first step of any Aythos project is to research the needs of a community, get to know what's been tried before, why it might have failed, and how it can be improved.

    Based on that research, Aythos determines the feasibility of supporting an idea for a project proposed by community leaders. If the project meets Aythos's requirements, the organization will work with community leaders to sponsor skills-based trainings in subjects like beekeeping and sustainable agriculture.

    Over the course of these trainings, communities will elect a local project management committee of men and women who will be a liaison between Aythos and community members. They will represent local needs to Aythos, distribute project-related materials, and organize important events for the project's implementation. This way Aythos can help ensure local ownership, empowerment, and leadership. While Aythos team members maintain relationships with these communities and make field visits to monitor projects, these local committees are the primary go-to for local farmers if they have any issues.

    Aythos is currently applying this model to its Apples for Peace and Beekeeping in the Himalayas projects. Working with community leaders in four villages, Aythos has provided training in beekeeping and sustainable agriculture to over 100 men and women. It has subsidized and distributed approximately 3,000 apple and kiwi trees to farmers, and the recent distribution of 10 beehives in Okreni village marks the beginning of the "pilot phase" of Aythos's beekeeping project.

    Aythos believes that economic opportunity does not have to come at a loss for the environment. Sustainability is often more practical and cost-effective for these communities, so trainings teach local solutions to creating organic fertilizers and pest repellents. Beekeeping and fruit tree planting are projects that go hand in hand and greatly benefit the local ecosystem.

  • History:
  • Aythos originally started as Helambu Project USA in 2009, and focused on organizing international volunteers to teach in Himalayan schools. The organization placed over 100 volunteers from around the world in these schools, many of whom fundraised for projects to build school furniture, greenhouses, or provide new and fun activities for young Nepali students. However, as Aythos continued to work in these communities, it became evident to the organization that these communities needed economic opportunity as much as they needed education. Many families from these villages had left in search of jobs in Kathmandu or overseas. For many who could not leave Nepal, Kathmandu proved a dead end for jobs, and its polluted air and water made many seek a return to their villages to create opportunity there.

    To address this, Helambu Project USA reformed as Aythos in 2012. Aythos quickly acquired its first grant- $10,000 as a Davis Project for Peace- through a partnership with a team of graduate students from the prestigious Graduate Institute- Geneva. Aythos's Apples for Peace Project, aimed to address the issues of village out-migration and human trafficking by revitalizing village economies in Sindhupalchok District. Those who had worked with Helambu Project USA knew that the region of Helambu, Nepal was once famous for its apples, but that farmers could not earn a living from them as there were no roads to connect their villages to markets. Through weeks of conversations with community members, the Aythos team identified a deep desire to revitalize apple farming in Helambu as means to let culture, the economy, and the environment thrive in their villages.

    Starting in 2012, the Apples for Peace Project provided skills trainings for three Himalayan communities, which were widely attended by local men and women, young and old, alike. Trainers were brought in to these villages by Aythos, and over the course of several training sessions in these villages, villagers learned how to plant and care for their fruit trees. In addition to the apple trees, farmers were determined to introduce a new tree to their orchards- kiwi. This project culminated in January 2014, when Aythos distributed nearly 3,000 trees to three villages. Aythos is still working with these communities to help them leverage resources to ensure these trees have a productive future.

    Shortly after these trees were in the ground, Aythos began the pilot phase of a beekeeping project in Okreni village. Supported by a generous grant from the Clif Bar Family Foundation, Aythos distributed 10 beehives to villagers there to serve as "practice", in advance of a greater number of hives being distributed following successful maintenance and harvesting of these hives.

    In a relatively short time, word has spread about Aythos and its work. Eager to bring new skills and bring new opportunity to their villages, community leaders have approached Aythos, asking them to support projects in their villages. Aythos is exploring new partnerships with villages in Sindupalchok for beekeeping. A Buddhist monk from neighboring Dolakha District also approached Aythos to help with training in support for a fruit tree planting project there, and this fall, Aythos team members will travel to a remote area of Gorkha District called Nubri, in order to research possibilities for projects there.

    Aythos is focused on empowering local leaders and creating economic opportunity, but it promotes and supports environmentally sustainable methods at every turn. The pollution from Kathmandu is clearly visible from some of the villages where Aythos-supported projects are underway . It is hoped that the thousands of trees Aythos will continue to plant with community partners will help clear the air, and the bees that Aythos-trained beekeepers manage will help support the Nepali Himalayas' unique biodiversity. Nepal's villages have the natural resources and the leaders to create environmental and economic sustainability. Aythos will continue to sponsor the trainings to help them flourish.

  • Year established:2009
  • Endowment:Unknown

Staff

  • Executive / Trustee board size:5
  • Advisory board size:
  • Staff size:1

Registration

  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Unknown
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:Operating
  • Tax ID:38-3807203

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:383807203
  • Organization Name:AYTHOS INC
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:% ANDREW B MILLER
  • Organization Address:455 MASSACHUSETTS AVE NW STE 109
  • Organization City:WASHINGTON
  • Organization State:DC
  • Organization Zip:20001-2778
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:October, 2012
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general publicĀ 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2017
  • Filing Requirement Category:02 (990 - Required to file Form 990-N - Income less than $25,000 per year)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:Q33
  • Asset Amount:$0
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  • Income Amount:$0
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  • 990 Revenue Amount:$0
  • Last Updated:2/23/2018 6:19:16 pm

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