A Big Welcome to Our Friends From Nepal

RUWON ClassroomLiteracy Instruction for Texas (LIFT) is thrilled to announce that after several years of email and Skype communication, three staff members from the Rural Women’s Network of Nepal (RUWON) will travel to Dallas and be trained in LIFT’s multi-sensory evidence-based, adult basic literacy curriculum. During their intensive 14-day training, they will be immersed in LIFT’s classroom-based instruction model for easy implementation in literacy programs throughout Nepal.

“LIFT is in the forefront of literacy training in our own community, regionally, and now in a part of the world struggling to improve the lives of their most vulnerable,” remarked Lisa Hembry, president and CEO of LIFT. “We are also grateful to have the opportunity to provide our own adult learners and volunteers with a unique cultural exchange experience in which they will serve as both student and teacher. Sharing our knowledge and expertise with the women and children of Nepal is a tremendous honor for LIFT and we look forward to additional community involvement and support to ensure the long-term success of this humanitarian effort.”

South Side on Lamar has generously provided temporary housing for the RUWON representatives during their stay. The location is within two miles of LIFT’s headquarters at the Opportunity Center.

“Since its renovation to lofts in 1997, the South Side on Lamar building management has celebrated and encouraged an inclusive demographic of creative artists, professionals, musicians, educators, non-profits and established businesses. The opportunity to help LIFT and the Nepalese teachers is in line with that tradition,” said Bill Burk, property director.

Founded in 1961, LIFT is the largest and most widely respected adult basic literacy agency in the North Texas region. The organization offers classes in basic reading, writing and math, GED preparation and English as a Second Language. All classes are taught by over 350 trained volunteers and are designed to empower persons seeking to improve their lives and the lives of their families. LIFT’s core belief is that reading is a human right.

RUWON is a women’s rights organization that among other things teaches literacy skills to women and children. It offers basic skills education to support their determination to reduce domestic violence and human trafficking. The tremendous success of the organization has led to international recognition including an invitation to present at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in early March and a women’s conference in Washington, D.C. The RUWON representatives will join LIFT staff, students and volunteers March 27 through April 10.

We look forward to supporting:
RUWON: http://www.ruwonnepal.org.np/
Articles about their work:
http://www.talktrafficking.org/wordpress/2013/03/04/guest-blog-from-ruwon/
http://www.insightonconflict.org/conflicts/nepal/peacebuilding-organisations/ruwon-nepal/
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For more information, please visit www.lift-texas.org