Piloted in 2016, SuMa Women's Literacy serves women in the Jorpati and Mahalaxmi communities of Nepal. It was created, in part, to provide caregivers and mothers of children that attend SuMa After-School with the skills they need to better their lives and the lives of their children.
Nepal’s adult literacy rate is only 65%. We know that literacy is a critical factor in an individual’s ability to improve their quality of life. We also know that by educating parents and caregivers, not only do they reap the benefits, but so will their children through improved health, access to education, and better opportunities in life.
SuMa Women’s Literacy aims to build participant’s reading, math, and life skills. Additional components of the program include workshops on women’s health, early child development, and entrepreneurship.
Approximately 45 women took part in the pilot program. Based on their feedback and enthusiasm, we formally launched the program in January 2017, and have now expanded to our second SuMa Community Center in Lalitpur. A combined 100 women now attend SuMa Women's Literacy classes. Through this program, we believe all members of our community, including the children of SuMa After-School, will benefit.