We work with local partner organizations to implement all of our activities. Our partners are community-based organizations who are in touch with the needs of local people. As insiders, they receive the trust and support of the community where they work, which is essential to accomplishing their objectives. In addition to accomplishing project goals, we work to build the capacity of these partners to enable them to take on their own projects in the future.
Help Society – Nepal (HS-Nepal) – Dang
HS-Nepal is based in Tulsipur Municipality, Dang District. In addition to acting as our local partner organization, HS-Nepal is actively involved in addressing other issues, such as eradicating the Kamaiya system of Tharu girls serving as indentured servants, and improving the livelihoods of former Kamaiyas. HS-Nepal has worked with Heifer International on livestock and agricultural training and Give One–Get One livestock programs, and with Habitat for Humanity. HS-Nepal has supported 45 community groups running adult literacy classes beginning in 2002, some of which have become registered cooperatives, and supports two schools using Tharu for mother tongue-based multilingual education. HS-Nepal was the only NGO that operated in this area continuously throughout Nepal’s civil war.
Limbu Language Development Association (LiLDA) – Panchthar
LiLDA is based in Phidim, the headquarters of Panchthar District, and works for the development of the Limbu language and improved livelihoods in their project area. Activities have included training in making local fabrics, kitchen garden training, and educational activities. LiLDA has run adult education classes and is now working on implementing multilingual education in two local primary schools.
Himalayan Indigenous Society Nepal (HIS-Nepal) – Mustang
HIS-Nepal works in Upper Mustang, and has received technical support from LDC to develop teaching materials and run adult literacy classes in the local Lowa language. The literacy classes are conducted with the help of local youth groups, which are often important social service organizations in Nepal. HIS-Nepal’s other work in the area has included helping villages build water taps, providing a water source in the center of the village and eliminating the need for villagers to walk long distances to access water.
Eastern Tamang Language Team (ETLT) – Several districts including Kathmandu, Sindhupalchowk, Dolakha
ETLT works in a wide geographic area, reflecting the many areas where speakers of Eastern Tamang live. ETLT has received technical support from LDC-Nepal in conducting non-formal education classes using the Tamang language.