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Kirat Yakthung Chumlung is a non-political, non-profit making, Limbu indigenous peoples’ organization established in 1989. It was duly registered with the government in 1990 and affiliated with the social Welfare Council in 1994. Since its inception, it is dedicated to the promotion and preservation of the Limbu Language and culture; the upliftment of the socioeconomic and educational condition of the Limbus; the consolidation communal harmony among the various communities; and the protection and promotion of human rights and indigenous peoples rights. Its activities are mainly concentrated in nine districts of Eastern part of Nepal as well as in Kathmandu and Lalitpur districts.

Historical Background

Paying glowing tribute to Kirat, a well-known historian, Mr. Brian Hodgson has opined Kirats, on account of their distinctly traceable antiquity as a nation and the peculiar structure of their langrage, are perhaps the most interesting of all the Himalayan races. Existing chronicles show that 33 generations of Kirat rulers reigned over central Nepal in the past. Bu, with the succeeding dynasties and their influences ultimately led to the disappearance of Kirat’s sociocultural heritage thereafter. The Limbus, a section of Kirat, are indigenous people of Eastern Nepal with distinct cultural identity of their own, which are at the verge of being wiped out in future, if not preserved now.

Objectives

1. To undertake various activities for the upliftment of the Limbus, their language include Kirat Sirijonga script, literature. religion and culture.

2. To conduct research on subjects related to the Limbus and promote awareness among them.

3. To organize various activities of economic development in Limbuwan to improve the living standard of local people.

4. To make the Limbus, as well as other ethnic groups of Limbuwan, aware of the constitution of Nepal, their constitutional rights and the prevalent laws of Nepal.

5. To conduct effective programmes to curb the destruction of environment and ecosystem.

6. To develop and promote friendly relationship with other ethnic groups and communities, and hence work for the consolidation of democracy, national unity and preservation of the culture of the community.

7. To conduct awareness programmes against drug abuse and provide treatment and rehabilitation facilities for drug addicts.

8. To plan and carry out appropriate programmes in order to wipe out superstition and ignorance of people about health problems in rural areas. Also, to encourage them to make best use of available and possible means and measures in the field of (for) the primary health care.

9. To increase mass awareness among the people to stay away from AIDS and other fatal diseases. Also, to make them aware of safety measures and precautions against such diseases.

10. To work for human rights, indigenous rights and woman and child rights.

Chumlung Awards

1. Kirat- Sirijonga award:

Sirijonga who died for the cause of promotion and preservation of Limbu language and script, ad award has been instituted in the memory of him for those who contribute for the promotion of Limbu language, literature and research studies on Limbu history, religion and culture.

2. Imansing Chemjong Award:

In the memory of Kiratologist and historian late Imansing Chemjong, this award is instituted to encourage the dedicated writers on Limbu literature.

3. Udaya Art Award:

Instituted to encourage the contributors in Limbu song, music and art.

All the above awards are presented in every third year.

Cultural Programme

Kirat Yakthung Chumlung organizes ‘Mundhum Swarnim Sanjh’ every year and other similar cultural programmes. Another highlight of Kirat Yakthung Chumlung is the presentation of drama in the Limbu langrage.

Talk Programme, Seminar and Workshop

Kirat Yakthung Chumlung organizes talk programme, seminar and workshop to highlight on different issues related to the objectives of the organization.

Organizational Structure

National Convention:

It is the supreme body of the organization and is held every three years. It adopts policies, evaluates past activities and programmes. forms the central executive committee of the organization and works out the direction of the organization.

National Council:

The meeting of National Council is held every year. It monitors the programmes executed by central executive committee and also provides the guidelines to them.

Central Advisory Board:

Function of CAB is to advise in various issues to the Central Executive Committee.

Central Executive Committee:

It is the main implementing committee of the organization.

District Branch Committees:

These are the intermediary implementing committees of the organization. They are responsible for coordinating the activities of the village and municipality branch committees.

Village/Municipality Branch Committees:

these are the grass – root level implementing committees of the organization. The sole responsibility of implementation programmes of the organization to the grass-root level lies on these committees.

Membership

There are five types of members.

They are:

1. General Member

2. Life Member

3. Patron Member

4. Distinguished Patron Member

5. Honorary Member

A person from the Limbu ethnic group who complies with the provisions of the statute of Kirat Yakthung Chumlung can become a general member. Honorary memberships is given to a non- Limbu who has made contributions in promoting the Limbu culture, language, script, and religion. There are five honorary members of the organization.

They are:

1. Dr. Byod Michailovsky (USA currently working at LACITO/CNRRS, Paris, France)

2. Dr. Gerge van Driem (Netherland, currently working at Rijks University Leiden, Nethreland)

3. Pro. Shiv Kumar Shrestha (Dhankuta Multiple Campus, TU, Dhankuta)

5. Late A. Widart (Germany)

Financial Resources

Revolving fund.
Personal or group contribution
Cultural Programmes
Fund-raising Programmes
Grant from donor agencies
Publications
Contact

Kirat Yakthung Chumlung
P.O. Box 4548
Mahalaxmisthan, Lalitpur
Kathmandu, NEPAL Tel: 977(1)520349
Email : chumlung@wlink.com.np

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