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:
Saving and Credit:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. “
It is very hot right now in Dang District, in the mid-western plains of Nepal. Despite the increasing heat, we have successfully trained and oriented facilitators and supervisors for literacy classes in five different Village Development Committees. We talked with community members to find areas most in need of assistance, held a public meeting to introduce the project to the community, and identified potential literacy class facilitators. We held a week-long training workshop with the facilitators, who are now beginning to lead literacy classes in their villages in the local Tharu language. These classes are part of the Ending Indentured Tharu Daughters Project. By providing literacy classes and livelihoods training, we are working to end the Kamaiya system of bonded labor - a modern form of slavery. The participants in our classes include women who were sold to landlords as children and never got the chance to attend school, and women whose daughters are at risk of being sold into bonded labor because of poor economic situation. We look forward to sharing success stories from the current project with you. Since classes just started, today we will share the story of a past class participant. Chaphi is 24 years old, and she has firsthand experience of what it means to be a kamlahari, a bonded laborer. Chaphi's parents own no land, and struggled to feed their six children. They started sending Chaphi to school when she was ten years old, but she had to leave five years later when they sold her to a landlord in order to clear their debts. Chaphi was very sad to become a Kamlahari, but accepted her parents' decision. Her duties as a Kamlahari included cleaning the house, collecting firewood, helping the landlord's wife prepare food, washing clothes, and looking after livestock. She remembers, “When I became sick and tired, I did not get proper treatment and was forced to work. Sometimes they physically tortured me when I was unable to finished assigned work. I spent my childhood as a Kamlahari, which was a painful time in my life.”Chaphi was freed from slavery in 2007. When LDC's partner organization in Dang District, Help Society Nepal, heard about her situation, they provided counseling to Chaphi, her family, and her landlord. When the landlord refused to release Chaphi despite being informed that having a kamlahari is illegal, HS worked with government officials to remove Chaphi from the landlord's house. HS continued to provide support and counseling to Chaphi and her family, including a bridging course to help her return to school, a scholarship to buy school supplies, and training for her parents to increase their income. Now Chaphi is at school in Class 12, and when she is not studying she works at HS Nepal as a peer motivator, helping her fellow ex-kamlaharis adjust to their new lives. 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. We also want to let you know about GlobalGiving's upcoming Bonus Day on June 15th. On that day, GlobalGiving will match 30% of all donations and give extra prizes to projects with the most donations and most unique donors. If you or someone you know is considering donating to our project, it will go even farther if the donation is made on June 15th!
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