Language Development Centre - Nepal

The mission of LDC-Nepal is to improve the socio-economic situation of Nepal's language communities by implementing language-based development programs in partnership with civic, government and non-government agencies. LDC-Nepal is a non-profit social service organization. The vision of LDC-Nepal is that language communities in Nepal are empowered to use their own languages, with Nepali, for their educational, social, political, economic, and cultural development.
May 7, 2013

Limbu Literacy and Livelihoods activities progress

Limbu Women writng Limbu Alphabet
Limbu Women writng Limbu Alphabet

We are delighted to share our progress reports. We are able to serve Limbu communities partnering with government and non-government organizations through literacy in Limbu, multilingual education in primary schools, training to weave Dhaka and Khesh cloth, awareness workshops on indigenous rights and language issues and planting citrus seedlings.

The Limbu project enabled 100 Limbu women to become literate in Limbu and train 15 Limbu women to weave Dhaka and Khesh cloth, which is then sold to provide additional income for the participants.  Thirty Limbu families planted 1000 Orange and Lemon seedlings for business purpose with the help of local Agriculture Service Centre. The Limbu Project staff is finalizing a Limbu folk stories and songs book.

Our local partner, Limbu Language Development Association was invited by the District Education Office, Panchthar to run literacy campaign for 829 illiterate participants in Ranigaun Village Development Committee however a lack of funding to ensure the program would be successful prevented them from taking up this offer.  

Thank you for your continued support to this project in Nepal. Please continue to check our website, http://www.ldcnepal.org/ for updates on our progress, and share the link with friends and family.

Limbu Literacy Class
Limbu Literacy Class
Dhaka Weaving Training
Dhaka Weaving Training
Mar 4, 2013

Encouraged by the progress of the women groups

Women are sharing their progress in group meeting
Women are sharing their progress in group meeting

We continue to be encouraged by the progress the women groups in the Tharu communities in Dang are making made through your contributions.

Highlights

All seven women led groups with about 250 members are active and working together to continue securing sustainable livelihoods for their families through breeding and selling small farm animals though the "Get-one-give-one" and other income generation programs.

As part of their contribution to celebrating International Mother Language Day in February one of the women groups inaugurated their Community Learning Centre (CLC). They led a community discussion with about 60 participants on the importance of children using their own language and cultural history in the classroom.

Challenges

After the celebration was over they took the staff to one side and pointed out that if the local school began to use there own language as well as Nepali in the local school they would need help from us to provide reading materials suitable for children in Tharu and the teachers would need additional training.

Thank you for your continued support to these Tharu communities in Nepal. Please continue to check our website, http://www.ldcnepal.org/ for updates on our progress, and share the link with friends and family.

Building a future: Sita taking care of her goats
Building a future: Sita taking care of her goats
Celebrating International Language Day at new CLC
Celebrating International Language Day at new CLC
Feb 19, 2013

Documenting Limbu folk stories and songs

Limbu IK holder is sharing stories
Limbu IK holder is sharing stories

We are almost halfway there in our program to write down Limbu folk stories and songs before they are lost or forgotten. We have collected and written down 25 oral Limbu folk stories and songs from Limbu indigenous knowledge holders, they are reviewing the stories and an artist is working on the illustrations. As soon as the indigenous knowledge holders approve the written version our staff will translate them from Limbu into Nepali and English.

This will enable us to publish trilingual editions of the stories to be used in local primary school and with the participants of Limbu adult literacy classes. The books will help Limbu speaking school children and adult learners to read and write Limbu, Nepali and English and crucially preserve and transmit local knowledge and to new generations of Limbu speakers.

Thank you for your continued support to this project in Nepal. Please continue to check our website, http://www.ldcnepal.org/ for updates on our progress, and share the link with friends and family.

Limbu IK holder is sharing stories
Limbu IK holder is sharing stories

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