Let’s Help Language Communities Realize Their Dreams

Let’s Help Language Communities Realize Their Dreams

For the past several months, SIL LEAD has been listening to the creative ideas and dreams of community-based organizations in marginalized and economically disadvantaged areas of world. These organizations are taking the initiative to pursue their dreams of building a better future for their children by maintaining a connection to their past through their cultures and their languages. We believe that dreams can come true in any language and have selected five proposals to fund from around the world.

We need your help this #GivingTuesday to fully support these initiatives…

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How are YOU celebrating Universal Children's Day?

How are YOU celebrating Universal Children's Day?

If you’re a parent, there likely isn't a day of the year when you don’t think about your kids. But as important as it is to remember and care for our own children, it’s also important to remind our children that they are part of a global community—to take time to remember children around the world who may not have their same advantage.

In 1954 the United Nations established November 20th as a day to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children’s welfare. This year they’ve encouraged us to #GoBlue in support of children around the world…

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What are YOUR dreams?

What are YOUR dreams?

Over the past several months, SIL LEAD has asked that question of local community organizations around the world—organizations comprised of people who recognize the value of their languages and cultures and want to improve the quality of life for their communities. We let them know that if they could mobilize local resources and begin taking steps toward those dreams, SIL LEAD would work to provide matching grants that would help them make those dreams a reality…

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Bloom Books for Everyone!

Bloom Books for Everyone!

One of the best ways to ensure that the work we’re doing meets real needs is to get it in front of the people who will be using it and find out their thoughts.

Back in April, when SIL LEAD was announced as a winner of All Children Reading’s “Book Boost: Access for All Challenge, it provided a great, well, boost to our efforts to increase access to books for some of the world’s most vulnerable readers…

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World's Newest Alphabet Song

World's Newest Alphabet Song

With Canadian Thanksgiving Day just behind us and American Thanksgiving coming soon, for many this is a season for paying attention to all the things we normally take for granted—a time to remember to be grateful for our families, our lives, our work, and all the other blessings of being alive.

One very important thing that almost no one ever remembers to be grateful for is language…

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Words Across Continents:

Words Across Continents:

Most Americans will never have to relocate because of terrorism, but for Barbara Trudell it was all just part of her life as a professional linguist. Raised in tranquil western New York State, Barbara attended Houghton College where she studied linguistics and met Joel, the man who would become her husband. The two were interested in literacy work and after graduating from Houghton, in 1980 they joined SIL. SIL sent them as a literacy team to Peru, where for three years they worked with Quechua language groups in the highlands around the beautiful mountain city of Huancayo.

The eighties brought heightened terrorist activity to Peru, most notably by the Sendero Luminoso, or Shining Path…

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