Aranya Solutions’ purpose is to enrich the quality of life within targeted economically challenged and developing areas. Aranya Solutions develops systematic changes with a focus on localization serving as a bridge to resources and providing necessary infrastructure. Our method is to assist communities to implement environmentally friendly building and agricultural methods, life skills workshops, local business development, leadership training, education initiatives, and capacity building.
What Aranya Means:
Aranya means “Bountiful Forest” in Sanskrit. It signifies plentitude, generosity, resources, and prosperity. We believe there are enough resources to go around and we can help identify the resources for abundance, pollinate like bees!
Aranya delivers a sense of responsibility, love, and balance. We are ever helpful, conscientious, and quite capable of recifying inharmonious situations. Aranya is devoted to the betterment of community and ecology with a depth of understanding that evokes sympathy, kindness, and generosity. Openness and honesty are apparent in Arayna’s approach to all relations.
This nonprofit was formed to fill an important niche of working directly with the community in collaboration with local organizations and providing leadership development skills for long term public health and sustainability. The purpose of having a nonprofit in the USA is to raise funds from the States to bring to places that are in greater need, as a direct channel for fundraising efforts for maximum impact.
Aranya Solutions is a nonprofit registered in the state of Montana 2018 and we are recognized as a 501 (c) (3) organization. We formed a nonprofit to serve the under served, starting our work in Nepal after seeing the needs for more support on the ground and for fundraising. Aranya Solutions serves organizations and communities dedicated to making the world a better place. We create and facilitate strategies for efficiency.
We successfully completed the needs assessment for the Digam Village Community Development project in the Fall of 2017. We developed a calendar of activities for 2018 for programs to meet the needs of the village assessed. We identified programs for the next 4 years for agriculture, education, health, leadership and community development.
Katrina Zavalney, USA
Executive Director and Board President
Carlos Munoz Kampff, USA
Communications Director, Web Development and Accounting
Sarala Tiwari, Nepal
Cultural Assistance and Administration
Barry Cogbill, USA
Board of Directors
Kathia Castro Laszlo, USA
Board of Directors
Karri Winn, USA
Board of Directors
With the aim of changing lives and changing societies, the Institute of Cultural Affairs (ICA) Nepal was established in early 1998 in Kathmandu, Nepal. Since its establishment and following its philosophy: ‘every individual has a capacity to bring change in his/her situation’, ICA Nepal has continuously worked for human capacity development, and hence, has emerged as one of the leading organizations in training and facilitation in Nepal. ICA Nepal believes that no sustainable development or change is achieved without considering existing cultural dynamics and pluralities. Thus, it is dedicated to creating an environment, in which the opportunity of participation, and the building in of sustainable change and development is foremost.
The Relief Trust
Partner to lead the life skills programming and connections to government officials. This partner does trauma relief work through counseling and leads trainings in communication and emotional intelligence work for community development.
Agriculture Training Center of Nepal
Partner in agriculture training created by retired Nepali Government Agriculture Professionals in Kathmandu. The teachers will customize a week-long training for Digam Village on soil building, crop diversity, livestock maintenance and livelihood. The training will include examples and field trips to successful farms and sites.
Katrina Zavalney, USA – Executive Director & Board President
Katrina Zavalney is based in San Francisco, CA, USA, she is a mover and shaker and is passionate about community development. She has a Masters in Organization Development, with over 15 years of experience she is skilled in community development, facilitation, capacity building, strategic planning and sustainable event management. From revitalizing the Mississippi Delta to greening Disney. Katrina excels in creating programs based on the needs in the community and identifying resources and partnerships to support and build out the programs and activities for the community. Katrina is a Rotarian where she has been supporting developing countries, starting in Nepal, with livelihood programs that focus on agriculture, leadership and economic stability.
Katrina founded a nonprofit, Aranya Solutions, the mission is to enrich quality of life within targeted economically challenged and developing areas. Aranya Solutions develops systematic changes with a focus on localization serving as a bridge to resources and provide necessary infrastructure. The method is to assist communities to implement environmentally friendly building and agricultural methods, life skills workshops, local business development, leadership training, education initiatives, and capacity building. www.AranyaSolutions.com
Katrina loves to dance – anywhere, anytime, any type of dance! She teaches Zumba and mindful movement classes, for groups, conferences and trainings. Katrina believes in the power of living healthy. She also loves to do theater with youth, especially at-risk youth, bringing their stories to life… and will often incorporate dance in that as well.
Carlos Munoz Kampff, USA – Communications Director, Web Development and Accounting
Carlos is a renaissance person: he’s an entrepreneur, musician, clown, full stack web developer, and visionary. He lives in Portland Oregon, where he’s part of Tryon Life Community, a sustainability education center, he also performs and teaches music in the community. At Aranya Solutions he is joyful to weave together his varied experiences: The leadership and operations skills he learned at JFK University’s IEL program, the relationship tending skills from managing a multi employee music tutoring business, the coding prowess from going to a PHP/Drupal/MySQL coding bootcamp and discipline of having worked at a fast-passed Portland tech startup. Carlos wants to use his skills to positively change the world and believes that with a combination of leapfrogging, open source software, consensus and NVC based social ecology, and indigenous natural building and homesteading techniques we can truly create a world in harmony with the biosphere.
Sarala Tiwari, Nepal – Cultural Assistance and Administration – Nepal
Sarala Tiwari is a freelance advisor for developmental works in Nepal. Born in a traditional family in a rural village of Nepal, she grew up challenging many boundaries that keep women from going after their dreams. She graduated from college with a Social Work degree in 2015. She is persuing her Master’s degree in Rural Development.
She worked as a Community Development Worker and a board member at GHN (Good Health Nepal) for 2 years starting from 2012. She has closely worked with local youth, women and children for collective community development.
She is inspired to help minority groups who have very little or no rights and have limited access to education, clean drinking water, and healthcare services.
John Zavalney, USA – Treasurer
Barry Cogbill, USA – Board of Directors
Barry Cogbill, International Projects Chair for the Rotary Club of Santa Rosa East in California, helps support the fundraising efforts and supplies knowledge and resources for this project.
Through his involvement in Rotary International, Barry collaborates on humanitarian based solar projects in Africa, Nepal, and now Puerto Rico.
Barry is an clean energy consultant, regarded for his solar and energy efficiency expertise, collaboration with government and industry specialists and excellence in managing and implementing clean energy projects. Barry is an energy writer, speaker and educator.
It is his priority to bring clean energy resources to Digam Village in subsequent scopes of work, utilizing the power of Rotary International’s Global Grants program.
Kathia Castro Laszlo, USA – Board of Directors
Kathia Castro Laszlo, Ph.D. is Principal and Chief Creative Officer of Magenta Wisdom, offering executive
coaching, consulting, design and facilitation services to leaders and organizations committed to develop
their collaborative leadership and innovation capacities for social impact.
Kathia designs and facilitates strategic and learning processes that lead to organizational effectiveness,
cultural healing and regeneration. She believes that “sustainability is an inside job” and her work on
evolutionary leadership develops individual and collective capacities on systems thinking, feeling, and
being for transformation from the inside out.
Kathia has been a faculty member in academic and professional development programs including
Saybrook University, Meridian University, and the Cross Sector Leadership programs of the Presidio
Institute. She has taught leadership, organizational development and strategy in the sustainability MBA
programs of Presidio Graduate School (San Francisco), Bainbridge Graduate Institute (Seattle), Dominican
University of California (San Francisco), EGADE Business School (Mexico), and Universidad del Medio
Kathia is the co-founder of Syntony Quest, Global Leadership Lab, and The Journey Network and has been
advisor to multiple educational enterprises including Mycelium School and Novamaya University. She is in
the early stages of creating an institute exploring the intersection of money, love and meaning. Her work
integrates feminine, multicultural and experiential ways of knowing and relating. She is an explorer of
ethical business and organizational models and – through her understanding of adult learning, group
creativity, mindfulness and dialogue – she has facilitated numerous transformational processes in
business, academic, nonprofit and community contexts in North America, Latin America and Europe. She
is working on her book Education at the Edge of Possibility which is the result of 20 years of research and
experience on the design of evolutionary learning communities.
Kathia is from Monterrey, Mexico where she earned a BA in Marketing and a M.Ed. in Cognitive
Development. She came to the US as a Fulbright Scholar to earn her PhD in Human Science with
specialization in social and institutional change at Saybrook University. Kathia is a certified executive
coach in the Leadership Circle ProfileTM and is fully fluent in English and Spanish. She is a mother, yoga
practitioner, Reiki master, and nature lover and shares her perspectives through her blog
Karri Win, USA – Board of Directors