Last week I visited our Tharu partner NGO and join them as they inaugurated their new office on land donated by the government. During the inauguration we launched the Tharu language book "Bukribhanra" which means Pots and Pans in Tharu, The book is a collection of local stories and songs. Putting them in book means they can be shared wider and not be forgotten.
Beside the hundreds of Tharu women and the NGO staff, the Dang Chief District Officer attended. What an honor for the NGO and reflects the high standing they have achieved with the local government officers as they serve the Tharu community.
A few comments for the Tharu women and government officials
Mrs. Anita Giri: Women Community Group leader "I am here due to support of this project. Before I always denied and afraid to talk and share my feelings, now I am able to but not able to share perfectly. Our voices are started to be heard.”
Mr. Ravilal Panta, Chief District Officer: "I am very happy to see the progress and its strategies to serve marginalized communities especially Tharu women. I will always ready to give my positive support to your programmes."
Mr. Om Prakash Neaupane, Assistant. District Education Officer: "The District Education Office is trying to introduce mother tongue-based multilingual education and this book "Bukribhanra" will be used as reference reading materials in primary schools."
Mrs. Shanta Chaudhary, former member of the Constitution Assembly which is was formed to create a new constitution for Nepal: "I am delighted with this project because this book will help the Tharu communities to recognized in other communities in Nepal as well in aboard." The book was published in Tharu, Nepali and English.
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