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Project title

Dalit Empowerment Project

Partner(s)

United Mission to Nepal (UMN)

Purpose

Icrease awareness about the issues of the Dalit communities in Dhading by lobbying and advocating at the local government level to allocate more resources for education and economic empowerment

Theme/Area

Advocacy

Start Date

2009-06-00

End Date

2015-07-00

Coverage

Local

Field offices

Dhading Besi, Dhanding District

Contact person

Shyam Magrati, President

Contact email

infodwo@dwo.org.np

Contact telephone

+977-01-5130013

About Project

The Dalit Empowerment Program was conducted for one year ending in the summer of 2014. The program sought to empower the Dalit community in 4 VDCs of the district through facilitating education and income generation activities. The program involved a wide variety of activities to engage the community. A volunteer for each of the 4 participating VDCs was hired and began with conducting a social auditing program to establish the areas of greatest opportunity. Each VDC established a newsletter and contributed to the publication of the Dalit Voice Newsletter at the District level to inform and advocate about Dalit topics. Members of the project were given orientation on Dalit Rights and participated in a 5 day workshop on conducting inclusive and participative training sessions. From this foundation, the team worked in the 4 VDCs to run discussions on untouchability and caste-based discrimination and to assist in establishment and support of co-operatives. Residents of the VDCs were trained on co-operative management and the program distributed some resources to facilitate start-up. Vegetable farming, bee-keeping, and honey processing were some of the economic activities taught for the establishment of the co-operatives. The program reached a total of 870 residents, 864 of which were Dalit, and 763 were Dalit women. The Literacy Campaign was conducted between 2013-2014 in 2 VDCs of the Dhading District as part of the Dalit Empowerment Program. The campaign was supported by the District Education Office. It focused on illiterate people between the ages of 15 and 60 years. The project operated in partnership with the District Education Office of Dhading. The project conducted literacy classes in the Khalte and Kalleri VDCs. A total of 926 individuals became literate as a result of the program. The VDCs have been declared as fully literate which will contribute to continued commitment to education for those of all ages. Increased literacy does not only open doors for the individuals of Dhading allowing them to increase their quality of life. The project facilitators hope that basic literacy skills will allow people to become more aware of social, political, financial, and cultural issues, which contribute to DWO’s overarching goals of ending caste-based discrimination. The Dhading district of DWO hopes that some impacts of the project will be: an increase in Dalits skilled in micro-enterprises, greater access to education, stronger community networking within VDCs and the district, and increased Dalit access to the government and its services. All of these culminate towards the goal of eliminating caste-based discrimination in Nepali Society.


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