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February 2012

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On March 14, GlobalGiving will sponsor their Bonus Day campaign. On Bonus Day, GlobalGiving will match donations made through up to $1,000 per donor at 30 to 50 percent. Funds are limited and matching begins at 12:01 EST on March 14. To consider supporting one of Winrock’s projects on the GlobalGiving community, visit the Support Winrock page on our website. Thank you!

Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe proclaimed 2012 as the Winthrop Rockefeller Centennial Celebration to recognize the enormous legacy of Winthrop Rockefeller, born in 1912. Public forums, educational workshops, academic conferences, and more will make up the initiative throughout the year. Winrock International is one of the partners in the Centennial Celebration Coalition and is proud to continue the legacy of Winthrop Rockefeller. For more information about the initiative, visit the official website.

The Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Initiative at USDA is a cross-agency effort focusing on local and regional food systems. In late February, the Initiative will release an in-depth report and interactive map cataloging USDA’s extensive work in local and regional food systems across the country. In a webinar on March 8, USDA senior staff will tour through these resources to demonstrate how they might be helpful for work in the field. Register today for this National Good Food Network webinar.

Turn to page 6 of this Nepali electronic newspaper to read the following story about the USAID-funded, Winrock-implemented Education for Income Generation program — Agriculture booms in western Nepal.


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TSERING helps students learn importance of documenting and preserving traditions
TSERING helps students learn importance of documenting and preserving traditionsLike many communities integrating into a growing market economy, many Tibetans risk losing touch with their cultural traditions. The risk becomes even greater as younger generations – leaving their native homes for educational and employment opportunities – become integrated in major urban areas. For a cultural tradition to survive and thrive, each generation must clearly see its unique contributions, value and relevance.

Understanding that a future needs to be anchored in the past, and that younger people need to keep in touch with their elders to draw from their collective knowledge and experience, the non-governmental organization Plateau Photographers works to preserve and transmit Tibetan culture through new technology. The organization, based in Xining (population 2 million) in Qinghai Province, western China, approached the USAID-funded Tibetan Sustainable Environmental Resources for Increased Economic Growth (TSERING) project last year for assistance to implement a cultural preservation initiative. TSERING is implemented by Winrock International.

With funding and equipment from TSERING, Plateau Photographers conducted training for 14 students from Qinghai University in photography, computer technology, digital transferring, archiving and cataloging, and communication skills. The students have cataloged more than 1,200 of Plateau Photographers’ 20,000 photos. The collection depicts locations, rituals, festivals and daily activities on the Tibetan plateau, and will eventually, with continual effort, be made available online. More importantly, the students are taking part in the preservation and dissemination of Tibetan culture. They have taken their newly acquired technical and communication skills into the field, to interview people and document images.

As one student said, “The past is important, and I want to do my part in passing this knowledge to the future.”

EIG scholarship recipient in Nepal continues her studies while working
EIG scholarship recipient in Nepal continues her studies while workingShova Kumari Sunar, who lives in a small rented room in Nepalgunj with her two sons, is in the second year of a two-year college degree program at the Banke Education Campus. Not long ago, this would have seemed impossible. After high school, she discontinued her studies because of financial constraints – she has two children to care for and no financial support from her husband or family. Life was difficult and she made the decision to keep her children in school rather than invest in her own education.

That changed with a scholarship from the USAID/Nepal-funded Education for Income Generation (EIG) program, implemented by Winrock International.

Since applying for the scholarship program, Shova’s hard work has led to a job as an assistant with an International NGO working in health, to prevent tuberculosis. Equipped with her initiative and an increased education, she now earns an income that can provide for her children’s education and household expenses. Also, with her advanced education and her new job she is respected not only in her family but also in the community.

The EIG Program helps marginalized youth like Shova find career paths to increased income through its training and scholarship programs. Dalits (members of the lowest castes in Nepal) receive scholarships under EIG to earn two-year degrees that will help them become teachers, health assistants, agricultural assistants or overseers in their own communities. To date, 421 disadvantaged dalit youth have been provided with two-year scholarships for completing an intermediate degree.

Dalits have often lacked these basic educational services because of discrimination, poverty and/or high absenteeism of government appointed professionals. This is especially true in remote areas where government-hired teachers may be away from their posts for months at a time. Consequently, dalits as a group have received less opportunities and services than other groups. Moreover, the percentage of dalits having taken or received higher education is very low and EIG is providing the opportunity to increase those numbers and build future teachers and leaders in very poor communities.

USAID Uganda Mission Director visits Winrock-implemented NUDEIL project
USAID Uganda Mission Director visits Winrock-implemented NUDEIL projectThe Mission Director for USAID Uganda, Dave Eckerson, visited the Northern Uganda Development of Enhanced Local Governance, Infrastructure and Livelihoods (NUDEIL) program in Gulu, Northern Uganda, on Jan. 24. The program, funded by USAID, is working through the districts in the northern region to provide income-producing job opportunities, increase government services to the population, and lay the foundations for long-term development.

In the program’s third year, Winrock International has provided technical support for projects including the construction of roads, schools, water sources and district administration buildings. The Mission Director’s visit was timely for the NUDEIL program team as it marked the expansion of the program from four districts to six with the introduction of projects in Nwoya and Lamwo in 2012.

Eckerson travelled to the Oyam District with the NUDEIL and USAID teams to inaugurate a newly constructed district engineering block funded by the program. The appreciation from the Oyam District community was evident when Eckerson was presented with a goat to celebrate the occasion.

To date in Oyam District, the project has resulted in 10 boreholes drilled for water, the construction of 11 community access roads, one district administration building, and a school construction project.

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