Our Work

Every culture has reservoirs of wisdom and knowledge embedded in its language. Yet how many of the over 7,000 languages spoken in the world today are used in efforts to end global poverty? SIL LEAD helps communities 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 clearly learn best in a language they understand.

SIL LEAD uses its expertise in mother tongue-based multilingual education to help civil society, schools, and education departments establish a foundation of learning and literacy in a language that students speak and understand, then 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

Remote communities face language and communication barriers to vital information. 

People need relevant information to make healthy choices.

SIL LEAD helps communities, governments, and development partners translate and adapt vital messages accurately in a community’s distinct language, culture, and context to 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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