Our mission, or goal, at Learning English With Laughter, is to help people to learn to speak English.

With this ability, many of our students have been able to get good jobs in the tourist industry, instead of earning their living running drugs or in prostitution.

We have been writing and selling English Second Language materials for over 20 years.

In that time, we have taught, or given workshops in The Czech Republic, Brazil, Hungary, India, Albania, Ukraine,

Hong Kong and Nepal.

 

In working with a Not-For-Profit organization in Kathmandu, we became aware of the plight of the Dalit people, the “untouchables”. These people, living in remote areas of Nepal, have been discriminated against for hundreds of years because of the caste system. Although this discrimination has lately been prohibited by law, it still exists. With the proceeds from the sale of our ESL materials, we are sponsoring a “self-help” program. Its goal is to train groups of these people methods of increasing their meager incomes.

In November 2019, we visited a group of these people. The roads to Okhaldhunga are all but impassable, so we traveled from Kathmandu by helicopter. As well as giving a workshop to ten teachers, and supplying them with free textbooks for their classes, we visited a class of women learning to make small decorative purses, for sale in the larger centers of Nepal. We had heard that our project was supplying four sewing machines to this group, but we were unprepared for the enthusiasm and dedication that this group of 15 or 20 young women showed for the program.


Next, we visited a class of women learning to make jewellery. They were very proud to show us the results of their work, and were so happy to see us, they sang and danced for us on the gravel driveway that was their “classroom.
We are now investigating bee keeping and metal work as possible subjects for training these people.

In living with these people for only a few days, we immediately experienced the lack of water. Each household must spend 3 to 4 hours a day walking to a water source and carrying the water home. Personal hygiene is very difficult when water is so precious, and so bacterial infections flourish. Growing vegetables is very difficult if you can’t water them adequately. We recently had a report from Dr. Laxmi Ghimire, the program manager. (Dr Ghimire is a medical doctor, trained in Public Health).

He reports:

“Water:

 Many villages in Nepal are deprived of safe drinking water supply. Hygiene and sanitation is compromised because of water crisis.

. People are suffered from diarrheal diseases due to lack of safe drinking water.

Water crisis has increased vulnerability to sick and death. It is time consuming for women to fetch a pot of water.

 People are forced to spend their productive time to collect water. People are not able to grow crops and vegetables which is the major reason behind nutrition

deficiency among children in women.

Still many children are dying because of starvation and chronic malnutrition.

 

56.7% of children under 5 are malnourished.

17% of population do not have access to safe drinking water.”

 

This problem seems to be so profound, we talked with the village elders in two locations, to discuss building reservoirs. The rainfall there is around six feet a year. It comes in the short monsoon season and all runs away. We think that if we could build reservoirs, we could capture the rainfall and supply hundreds of people with clean, reliable water at central points in their communities. This would cut down disease, and eliminate the need for the drudgery of carrying water from remote locations. This time could then be spent raising livestock and growing vegetables. In other words, it would substantially change hundreds of lives.

Although we have been able to finance our other projects in Okhaldhunga with revenue from the sale of our ESL materials, the need for water is so acute that we don’t know if our resources will be able to stretch that far.

 

If you are interested in helping, if you would like more information, please contact us:

info@eslcurriculum.com