Literacy and Livelihoods for 445 Women in Nepal

 
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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
Oct 25, 2011

Women Led Community Support Group Training Report

Making notes on group discussion in training
Making notes on group discussion in training

On 12-13th Oct 2010 we were able train 56 Tharu women from two women led community support groups. Our focus for this training was to strengthen their office skills, review issues that affect each community and enable them to make stronger links with other organizations. Help Society Nepal members Mrs. Saraswati GC and Mr. Bhauna Chaudhary facilitated the training.

Each group now has constructed their own building in the community, close to their homes and one group is able to rent out one of the rooms to a local businessman that provides income to cover the group’s overhead costs.

At the end of the training each group made a six month plan that included working with us to implement the Get-One-Give-One" female goat gift program.

The topics covered in these trainings included:

 Group Management: 

  • Effective planning for their groups and their own communities.
  • How to keep good minutes of meetings and basic filing systems

Saving and Credit:

  • Maintaining records of personal and group saving accounts
  • Small loan management for their saving and credit groups and interest calculations.
  • Accountability

Community:

  • Improved farming for increased productions and livelihoods
  • The importance of good nutrition for their families
  • Taking care of the local environment
  • Managing the Get-one-give-one Goat program
  • Effective ways to care and for each member of the community
  • Women and girls and family issues
  • Looking at our values

Partnerships:

  • Writing to local government service organisations
  • How to write a small proposal and progress reports

 

Looking forward

Exposure Visits:

We would like to take each of these groups to visit outside of Dang district as their request to visit established community groups, so they can see what they did and how they tackled community issues.  Meeting with other groups is important as it creates a space to share their success stories and concerns.

Staffing:

Funding  ($125 per month) for one dedicated community support staff member would enable us to provide in depth support to each community support group the project works with.

Please do continue to check our website. http://www.ldcnepal.org/ for updates on our progress, and share the link with friends and family who you think might be interested. Thank you again for your continued support to the women in Nepal.

Making village map for community development
Making village map for community development
Oct 12, 2011

Progress Report: Limbu Women Gorup September 2011

Sharing about the project objectives
Sharing about the project objectives

All of us here at Language Development Center Nepal are very pleased with the progress we have achieved with your support. Here is an update from the work taking place in Panchthar District, with the Limbu community.

Community meeting:

We had very productive conversations and meetings with three different Limbu communities to select working areas and to introduce the project to the community. Communities agreed to form 3 women's groups and identify literacy class facilitators within August 2011. Project staff will be in touch with local communities to encourage them to continue group activities. We anticipate about 130 -150 women will be actively involve in this program. The number will increase if we able to provide more support on income generation activities.

Here it is still monsoon, which means there are heavy rains and travel is difficult, so the community decided to begins the functional literacy class from second week of September 2011. Before that facilitators are will be trained how to develop teaching learning materials and use to it literacy classes.

Literacy classes and community groups are already running successfully in Dang District, in the Tharu community, where the first distribution of baby goats has already taken place. Look for an update about that work shortly.

Please continue to check our website, http://www.ldcnepal.org/ for updates on our progress, and share the link with friends and family who might be interested. Thank you for your continued support of the work we do and the communities we work with.

Aug 30, 2011

Progress Report: LDC Nepal for LL for 300 Women

Goat Gift: Get One Give One Program
Goat Gift: Get One Give One Program

All of us here at Language Development Center Nepal are very pleased with the progress we have achieved with your support. Here is an update from the work taking place in Dang District, with the Tharu community.

 

Community Groups: 5 Women's groups

Number of group members: 175 women

Each group meets once a month. Project staff is regularly providing support to develop their capacity through training, one-to-one coach and group discussion.

 

Literacy: 5 literacy classes

Number of participants: 143 (all women, 118 are group members)

Local facilitators, supported by supervisors, are leading classes six days a week to achieve goals of teaching women to read, write, and do basic math.

 

Words from the participant:

Sugani Chaudhary, Age 25, Lalpur, Manpur

“This program is helping me understand the importance of local skills, knowledge, product and market for sustainable economic development. I am very happy with this program and started family based income generation activities. We had literacy classes on goat keeping course and vegetable farming. This helped us to start vegetable production for sale and Goat keeping.”

 

Get One Give One gift program.

Project provide 36 goats to as a gift to 36 poor families selected by our community groups. Each group manages these activities. There is an agreement with group and members that within the next 18 months they will provide baby goats to another 36 families.

 

Words from the participant:

Chunki Chaudhary, Age 32, Karmatia, Dhikpur

Chunki Chaudhary got one goat as a gift from the project. She is very happy. She said, “I am using the skills and knowledge which I got from the literacy course about goat keeping. I am willing to support my other neighbors to start family based small IG activities. As our agreement with group members I am happy to pass gift as a baby goat to another member with in 18 months. “

Livelihoods: Goat Keeping
Livelihoods: Goat Keeping
Literacy Class Participants
Literacy Class Participants

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Pushker Kadel

Kathmandu, Nepal

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