Indigenous skill develop't training to Tharu women
Language Development Centre Nepal (LDC-Nepal) and Help Society Nepal (HS-Nepal) is jointly implementing language, education and development activities in Dang since 2008. Our activities are implemented through local women led and other community groups in coordination with local government offices. We are supporting local communities to use theirheritage language and culture in basic education and helping them to promote and use their indigenous science and skills to enhance economic activities to improve their socioeconomic situation.
HS-Nepal is supporting local communities especially Tharu, Freed Kamaiyas and Kamalaris to improve their socioeconomic life through regular meetings, workshops, trainings, literacy and minor support programs with assistance from LDC-Nepal. We were able to organised following different events in last three months with 75 (Male: 40, Female: 35) participants in coordination with local stakeholders; NGOs, governments, and CSOs.
Tharu Indigenous Skill Development Training: We were able to train 15 Tharu women to enhance their indigenous skills to produce Dhakiya (especial Tharu basket) for business purpose in coordination with District Coordination Committee and Small Industries and Skill Development Office Dang. This training was run for 12 days. Training participants are committed to produce Dhakiya for sale. We are hopeful they will able to start family-based business.
Activity Review Meeting with Beneficiaries: HS-Nepal team is regular touch with local beneficiaries to know their perception and ideas and help them to put their voices strongly in stakeholders meeting. This kind of meeting is very helpful for us to make our activities more effective and fruitful. One of the beneficiary said, "We are very happy to share our concerns but the question is when and how it will be addressed."
Meetings with Stakeholders on Freed Kamaiyas and Kamalaris Issue: HS-Nepal was organised two days meeting with local stakeholders; District Coordination Committee, District Agriculture Office, District Land Revenue Office, District Women and Child Development Office, Freed Kamaiya Civil Society Network, Freed Kamaiya Women Society and Municipality's representatives as well journalists. Thirty-one participants (Male:19 Female: 12) were participants in the meeting. The main agenda of the meeting was Land and Food security of Freed Kamaiyas and Kamalaris as well their children's education.
"We are demanding for identity card for Kamaiya women from the beginning but our voices are not heard. Due to this Kamaiya Women are unable to benefitted from government supports and facilities. It is pinching us, why are we neglected?" (Mrs. Kamalapati, Free Kamaiya Women Society, Dang)
We know that language, education and development activities are more important to improve and enhance socioeconomic life of Freed Kamaiyas and Kamalaris but unfortunately we are unable to addressed their minor concerns due to lack of financial capacities. It is painful for us. However, we are moving to right direction with some ideas and small activities.
- Tharu communities especially Freed Kamaiyas and Kamalaris are more aware and active to develop partnership with different stakeholders to meet address their expectations.
- Developing positive attitudes among the key stakeholders especially local governments and development partners, voices of Freed Kamaiyas and Kamalaris are heard.
- Tharu women, who were trained from Tharu Indigenous Skill Development Training they are ready to start family-based business using their skills.
Challenge: Our weak financial capacity is a key challenge to us to continue and expand the project activities. But we are hopeful and endeavouring to continue our activities with our limited resources.
We are grateful for your support. Thank you.
Pushker Kadel, LDC-Nepal Director
Local stakeholders meeting in Dang
Project staff is speaking in stakeholders meeting
Local media coverage about our meeting