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 17, 2012

New futures for Tharu women

Tharu women with Goat, Dang
Tharu women with Goat, Dang

We know that women who can read and write have more self-confidence and have stronger families.  By the end of March, 128 Tharu women had completed the literacy classes in their own language. This is the first step to becoming literate in the national language and a huge step for these women.  

In tandem with the literacy program, our project also extended into sustainable livelihoods.  We were able to provide sixty Tharu families with a baby goat or piglet to breed and eventually to sell for additional income for their families.  Every family has agreed to donate the first offspring to another family in their village.   We would love to expand this component of the project.

To work towards financial stability for families, seven villages formed women led finance groups. The 250 women in these groups have made an impact on not only individual families but on each village. We provide training for these women to learn, save and give loans within their group - $2000 to date.  This has strengthened an environment where community members work together to make their villages a better place.

One village concluded that they needed their own community centre for their literacy classes, as well as a library and a meeting place accessible to the entire village.  A community effort has been organized to clear the land, make mud bricks and build the walls. They are asking for help to buy tin sheets for the roof. Ideally we would like to not only provide the roof, but help them and five other groups buy books for their library.

Your previous support to these Tharu women helped them embrace new ideas, develop new skills and increase their confidence and ability to tackle many hardships. Our next phase consists of the following:

  • Purchasing books - $200 per group 
  • Buying tin sheets for the roof of their self-built community center - $500
  • Buying baby goats and piglets - $45 per animal

Your part in the project has made a huge difference for these families and communities.  This has provided essential tools for grassroots capacity building initiatives.  Thank you.   

Please consider passing on this opportunity to build a better future for these Tharu women, their families and communities to others you know.

Jhalari Cooperative Group meeting, Dang
Jhalari Cooperative Group meeting, Dang
Tharu women literacy class, Dang
Tharu women literacy class, Dang
Feb 29, 2012

124 women empowered by self-sufficiency in Nepal

Limbu Literacy class, Kurmaba-2, Panchthar
Limbu Literacy class, Kurmaba-2, Panchthar

Dhanyabad. Your support has changed the lives of 124 Limbu women and their families. This morning we received a report from one of our partner organizations, the Limbu Language Development Association, and are delighted to share the news that two adult literacy classes and two women's community groups were established by local Limbu women.

These groups are focusing on improved vegetable production as a means of increasing their family’s income: selling ginger, mushrooms, onions and tomatoes, all high value crops, in local markets.  Having learnt to read and write in their own language, they are now ready to move onto learning Nepali as the next step to accessing wider markets and networks.

As one of our key roles is to provide leadership development training, and support and encouragement for women in the literacy classes, we are delighted at this achievement and encouraged that women from surrounding villages have requested this program for themselves. Continue to check our website, http://www.ldcnepal.org for updates, and share our work with others who share your passion for empowering women in rural Nepal. 

Regular group meeting, Phaktep-6, Panchthar
Regular group meeting, Phaktep-6, Panchthar
Jan 7, 2012

Project progress Report: Tharu Women Literacy and Livelihoods Activities, Dang, January 2012

Group self management training
Group self management training

We have just returned from a project evaluation trip to Dang, where our community motivator, Ms. Parvati Chaudhary, and I visited women-led community groups in five villages. We were encouraged by the transformation we saw in the women, and the progress made by the communities - the progress you have made possible through your contributions. I want to hare some highlights with you:

Highlights

The 178 women in these groups are taking the lead in making positive changes to their communities and advocating for change. One group plans to build an easily accessible Learning Centre in the centre of the village to enable young mothers to participate in the adult literacy classes and activities held there.

Listening to the hopes and ideas of women for surrounding villages - with the change that we have already witnessed in just five villages, the collective effort of women, district-wide would be unstoppable!

28 Tharu women were provided with goats through the community groups. The rise in confidence from contributing economically to their households was… we look forward to seeing this change multiplied in the women who are gifted the goat’s offspring in the future.

Visiting our partner NGO’s new office: The local government donated land and resources to strengthen Help Society Nepal’s capacity and presence in Dang - this a huge accomplishment and the government’s recognition of their hard work and effectiveness as a local organization is extremely encouraging.

Challenges

Saying, “Not yet” to the women from villages we don’t currently work in. Systemic change only comes from the collective power of committed individuals - until our work reaches all the villages in the district, we cannot effect the regional change we’ve been working towards for the past decade. Women from the surrounding villages are asking for us to work with them as well. It’s very difficult for us to say, "Not yet" this as we would like to partner with them but that would require additional funding. 

Please consider if you could make a contribution to enable additional women led groups to be established and trained. It costs US$ 1,350 to establish and support one women group per year.

The women’s group that is building a new resource that would make it possible for young mothers to attend literacy classes close to home requested our help to buy 120 tin sheets for the roof and support truss. It costs US$ 1,470 to buy the construction materials. One tin trunk library is for their resource centre (books need to be kept in a tin-box to prevent mice from nibbling the pages) for their library. One good tin trunk library would cost US$ 480.

Thank you for your continued support to these women 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.

Field staff checking weight and health of the goat
Field staff checking weight and health of the goat
Women working at her vegetable fields
Women working at her vegetable fields
The local government donated land for NGO
The local government donated land for NGO
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