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Women's Empowerment Program (WEP), PACT Nepal (Promising Practices Series)
|The Women Empowerment Project (WEP) was a USAID funded project that took place in Nepal from 1998 to 2001, and was carried out by Pact, its NGO partner ECTA, and a network of local NGOs at the district level. With 10 years’ experience in Nepal, Pact had a long-term commitment in the country to women’s issues, the promotion of literacy, the growth of democracy and increasing the economic and social status of vulnerable peoples. Pact began in Nepal managing a subgrant for World Education to develop Naya Goreto, a national literacy program funded by USAID. With the opening of Pact’s first office in Nepal in 1988, an expanded design team helped to further Naya Goreto’s reach. In 1994, Pact received a grant from USAID to implement an innovative pilot project, Women Reading for Development (WORD). Working through 1,100 NGOs, WORD reached women in 70 of the country’s 75 districts with remarkable results. Through WORD, over 550,000 women participated in adult literacy classes and nearly 350,000 Nepali women learned to read at a third grade level.