Group members and new community learning centre
We continue to be encouraged by the transformation we see in the Tharu communities we partner with which have been made possible through your contributions. Thank you.
I would like to share a few points I noted as outstanding from my last visit to these communities.
250 Tharu women associated in seven community cooperative groups and committed to improve their economic and social status working together. Among them 60 families received a female goat through the community cooperative groups. Each family that receives a female goat must pass on one of the goats’ offspring to another family in the community.
One community group built their own Learning Centre. These centers provide the local communities with a place to run literacy classes and other activities. During my conversations in the community I learnt they donated the land and each family provided free labour for the construction. We donated tin sheets for the roof and cement.
Here's what some of the women said that "to provide good education to our children and improve our socio-economic life, first we must be literate in our own language and second language, Second, we need to unite and work together in a group to access internal and external resources."
Our Tharu partner NGO, Help Society Nepal moved to there own building after the local government donated land in recognition of their contribution to the Tharu community. Owning there own building will reduce overhead costs.
Women participants commented that learning to read and write in their own language before becoming literate in the national language was important and hoped that we would continue to provide them with new teaching materials and books for their library.
Other communities are also requesting literacy and livelihood activities. It is difficult for us to say 'Yes' without additional financial resources to meet their expectations.
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.
New office building, Hemantpur, Dang
Picture with group members after meeting