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SIL's dedication to language development past and present
SIL LEAD was created to help communities bridge the gap between the languages they speak and opportunities to improve their quality of life. We believe that the language a community speaks is a valuable asset for their future as well as an integral part of their identity and intangible cultural heritage.
-Paul Frank, Executive Director of SIL LEAD
(January 2013) One of SIL’s newest partners, SIL LEAD, has announced the launch of its website. SIL-LEAD.org provides a well-designed introduction to the organization’s work and to issues of language, education and development.
Founded in 2011, SIL LEAD is an independent organization that works in partnership with SIL and other NGOs and government agencies. SIL LEAD brings together people and institutions around shared goals for internationally funded projects.
Visitors to the new site can explore the impact of language development on a variety of important issues such as education for girls, school dropout rates, HIV/AIDS prevention and equitable access to health information. The site also includes a blog featuring reports from SIL LEAD staff on their involvement with communities around the world. Those interested in updates on SIL LEAD’s projects have the opportunity to subscribe to the organization’s newsletter.