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.
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
Dec 26, 2012

Tharu and Limbu books are in press

Limbu stories sharing and editing
Limbu stories sharing and editing

Our Tharu and Limbu books are in press and will be delivered to our office for distribution early next year. Each book contains 30 local and traditional stories, which were collected from the Tharu and Limbu communities by local project staff. It's powerful when those who know the stories and have retold them countless times see them written down and understand that there will be no danger of the stories being lost. Because the Tharu and Limbu world is changing, each story is not only written in the local language, but also in Nepali (the national language) and English. Children will be able to practice their reading skills in three languages using stories from their own villages. This is much better than reading stories from outside their culture. These books will also be used in adult literacy classes. At that point, we expect to hear a lot of discussion over the details of the stories. These books will allow community members of various generations to continue engaging with stories from their own culture, while learning new literacy skills. The acquisition of coveted literacy skills through these stories puts new value on local culture. Both the Tharu and Limbu communities are excited to see and read their own stories in written form. They are eager to make sure their traditions and stories, which up to now have only been passed on orally, are written down for future generations. It's this kind of enthusiasm which makes it a pleasure for us to partner with these two communities. Of course none of it would have been possible without your support as well. Thank you for your continued support to these minority 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.

Sharing and Editing Tharu stories
Sharing and Editing Tharu stories
Preparing texts for Press
Preparing texts for Press
 

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