Development cooperation ,22.08.2013

Lhomi community development project


This project focuses on the approximately 6300 Lhomi people living in the remote area of the highlands in northeast Nepal, Khandbari and Kathmandu. The main development problems are: extreme poverty, very high child & mother mortality, no functional healthcare system and poor education. In addition, there are no roads and there is no electricity. The objectives of this project are threefold: - Increase the number of functionally literate children and adults in both Lhomi and Nepali - Provide awareness raising and training in hygiene and basic healthcare, midwifery, veterinary skills - Set up 3 pilot MLE preschools A conclusive review of all the national policy papers concerning literacy work in Nepal indicates that the objectives and activities of this project are clearly in line with the strategic plans and policies of the government of Nepal. During a meeting in March 2008 between NELHOS, the Ministry of Education and the Non Formal Education Centre (NFEC), the government representatives were very interested in the Lhomi project. Additionally, Nepal’s most recent PRSP has been used as a reference point to lend more legitimacy to the project’s activities. There are two targets in the PRSP that are directly taken into account through this project: 1. To improve literacy rates of people over 15 years old 2. To increase literacy rates of women and girls over 15 years old The project’s ethos is influenced by international development policy objectives, including the eradication of poverty through increased education, promotion of women’s empowerment and gender equality, use of environmentally friendly technology, and the promotion of education as a basic human right. NELHOS seeks to improve the economic and social position of the Lhomi people through providing mother tongue education to Nepal’s Lhomi community in combination with vocational training. The link between education and poverty reduction is widely acknowledged in the international community. The project will also give women and girls a second chance to learn to read and write in Lhomi and Nepali. Approximately 85% of the project’s participants in the first stage were women; this was very successful. In order to accomplish the project’s objectives the following activities will take place: - Set up community development committees in 18 villages - Manage an adult literacy program - Set up 3 MLE pilot preschools - Provide vocational training - Build NELHOS’s capacities


  • 2013: 55 000 €
  • 2014: 65 000 €
  • 2015: 65 000 €

Objectives monitored by OECD's Development Assistance Committee

  • Gender equality
  • Participatory development/Good governance

Field of activity

  • Basic life skills for youth and adults 60%
  • Early childhood education 20%
  • Health education 20%

Special target group

  • women
  • girls
  • children
  • youth
  • elderly people
  • indigenous peoples / ethnic minorities

Funding channel

Wycliffe Raamatunkääntäjät ry (WRK)



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