Goal of GCDN: Uplift the marginalized people’s self-esteem.
What we do.......?
GCDN has a project named literacy project. It works among the illiterate people to make them literate and empower them in their living. Since 1st April 2011 the project has been running in different districts. Till 2014 it is working in 9 several districts in Nepal. The project has been launched in the both rural and urban parts of Nepal. It works by the coordination with local churches, local institutions and local bodies.
• Literacy classes
• Awareness programme
• Leadership development
• Integral Mission
• Disaster management and relief support.
Empowering women through Adult Literacy Class
Sandhya Khadgi, Tara Shrestha, Sangita Lakandre and Sani Maya Sijali, they are from Thimi, Chheru and Rancha respectively. Throughout their childhood they have never had the opportunity to go to school, but recently their wishes came true to learn and to be literate in Non- formal Education classes, where women learn to develop reading, writing skills along with literacy, numeric and arithmetic skills. Similarly many other participants also gain skills to be literate.
Sandhya Khadgi now she is leading one women group in her community. She is appointed as chairperson; because: she is able to lead the group. Before she was not able to read and write and express her opinion too. But after participating in NFE class she met her keen desire of learning and able to develop her skills and empowered herself. The same as many participants developed their
Skills by NFE classes conducted by GCDN. Tara says, “We never got chance to go to school. Now, because of literacy class, we can write our names and signatures instead of thumb print in any document which helps to build up their self-confident and become more skilled in doing calculation. She is more benefited to run her small business easily”. NFE has not only helped empower women of the community, it has also helped mother to help in children education. Sandhya adds. “My children feel happy and proud when I help them in reading story books and they enjoy reading along with me.”
Learned Women - Healthy environment.
NFE center of Balkot VDC, Bhaktapur District, they have NFE class in Temple where they spent 2 hours per day. Inside the temple there was clean because priest and villagers cleaning, but outside and surrounding of temple was full of garbage and bushes. Due to garbage they feel difficult to stay inside the class. They have learned about cleanliness somehow, they thought important to clean around their own house to live in healthier environment. But after attending NFE class, they became more aware about importance of cleanliness in the village. So, they took initiative part to clean the whole village. They started from their NFE class surrounding at first.
One of the participants, Chandra Devi Shrestha says “GCDN’s NFE class helps me to broaden knowledge about cleanliness. Now day whenever she meets with her relatives and friends, she likes to talk more about cleanliness and also like to aware them too.