Our Work

Over 7,000 languages are spoken today, yet how many of those are used in efforts to end global poverty? According to the World Bank, indigenous peoples represent 10% of the world's poor even though they are just 4.5% of the global population.

SIL LEAD helps communities to use their own language to improve their quality of life. 

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Our work in multilingual education helps improve reading and learning.  Learn More

Our work in multilingual education helps improve reading and learning.  Learn More

220 million children cannot access education in their own language.

Children learn best in a language they understand. SIL LEAD uses its expertise in mother tongue-based multilingual education to improve reading and learning.  

We help civil society, schools, and education departments to establish a foundation of learning and literacy in a language that students speak at home and gradually build competence in a national or international language.  

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Our work in health localization helps communities access vital information.  Learn More

Our work in health localization helps communities access vital information.  Learn More

Many remote communities face language and communication barriers to vital information. 

People need relevant information to make healthy choices. Localization is the process of translating or adapting a vital message accurately in a community’s distinct language, culture and context.  

SIL LEAD uses its expertise in localization to help governments and civil society make life-saving information relevant and accessible.  

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We use technology to simplify the process of language development.  Learn More 

We use technology to simplify the process of language development.  Learn More 

Technology can simplify the complex process of language development. SIL LEAD supports innovations that make it easier for:

  • Local authors to create and share their own books
  • NGOs to adapt publications across multiple languages
  • Educators to create graded reading materials
  • Communities to create and organize their own dictionaries

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