Education
 Nepal
Project #7797

Literacy and Livelihoods for 445 Women in Nepal

by Language Development Centre - Nepal
Limbu Women writng Limbu Alphabet
Limbu Women writng Limbu Alphabet

We are delighted to share our progress reports. We are able to serve Limbu communities partnering with government and non-government organizations through literacy in Limbu, multilingual education in primary schools, training to weave Dhaka and Khesh cloth, awareness workshops on indigenous rights and language issues and planting citrus seedlings.

The Limbu project enabled 100 Limbu women to become literate in Limbu and train 15 Limbu women to weave Dhaka and Khesh cloth, which is then sold to provide additional income for the participants.  Thirty Limbu families planted 1000 Orange and Lemon seedlings for business purpose with the help of local Agriculture Service Centre. The Limbu Project staff is finalizing a Limbu folk stories and songs book.

Our local partner, Limbu Language Development Association was invited by the District Education Office, Panchthar to run literacy campaign for 829 illiterate participants in Ranigaun Village Development Committee however a lack of funding to ensure the program would be successful prevented them from taking up this offer.  

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 Literacy Class
Limbu Literacy Class
Dhaka Weaving Training
Dhaka Weaving Training
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
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
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
During the winter, goats are let outside
During the winter, goats are let outside

We are excited to share progress in Tharu communities in Dang. We are encouraged by the community activities and progress of women led groups made possible through your contributions. Thank you. Highlights 276 Tharu women are associated in eight community cooperative groups and other women are interested in joining or starting a group to improve their socio-economic status. Groups meet each month to share progress and make plans for the coming month. The Get-One Give-One, goat gift program is run through these groups and this month 26 families received a baby female goat from group members who received goats last year. Each groups consists of about 26 women who received three days of self-help group management training from our staff. This training is focused on good record keeping, planning and implementing skills for community activities. Challenges Group members are requesting basic literacy classes in their own language (Tharu) and then in Nepali, the national language. For three literacy classes need funds to recruit one project supervisor and train three class facilitators. In addition the each class will require teaching and learning materials. 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.

Self-help Group Management training participants
Self-help Group Management training participants
Monthly group meeting
Monthly group meeting

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Organization Information

Language Development Centre - Nepal

Location: Kathmandu - Nepal
Website: http:/​/​ldcnepal.org
Project Leader:
Pushker Kadel
Kathmandu, Nepal
$9,817 raised of $35,652 goal
 
260 donations
$25,835 to go
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