LitWorld

LitWorld's mission is to cultivate literacy leaders worldwide through transformational literacy experiences that build connection, understanding, resilience and strength. We work with teachers, parents, community members, and children to support the development of literacy and the redemptive power of story in the world's most vulnerable communities. These are words changing worlds.
Dec 1, 2011

LitWorld LitClubs Strengthen, Brighten Communities

Kibera, Kenya Girls LitClubs receive new books
Kibera, Kenya Girls LitClubs receive new books

The donations of GlobalGiving members have helped LitWorld grow tremendously in 2011 and expand the breadth of our current projects.  Your generosity has enabled us to help others experience the power of literacy and learning around the globe, and ensure that the work of LitWorld will continue to bring joy as we enter a new year.  We take pleasure in announcing new developments in our Girls LitClub programs:

Earlier this month, members of the LitWorld team returned to Kibera, Kenya, and Rwinkwavu, Rwanda to spend time with LitClub members, give books and school supplies to the community, and share stories, hugs, and laughter. For most club members, participating in LitClubs was the first time they were able to cast aside their troubled home life—poverty, hunger, HIV/AIDS—and focus on their own personal growth as readers, writers, and dreamers.  The challenging lives of the children undeniably shaped their writing, as they channeled their life experiences into profound songs, poems, and journal entries.  Each child was ecstatic to be a part of the LitClub mission—using the power of stories to cultivate literacy worldwide.

Costumes were given to the girls in Kibera, and the community witnessed a transformation: stories were created, and the girls were delighted to step into imaginative roles. A library was built and filled for the community to ensure the presence of books for years to come.

In addition to working with LitClubs for Boys and Girls members in Kenya this summer, LitWorld has continued its mission of global expansion of LitClubs. Girls LitClubs have grown to include 35 domestic and international sites.  They now exist in the United States, Liberia, Ghana, Kenya, Iraq, and the Philippines.  They may live in different spheres of the world, but all LitClub members have the same universal experience—harnessing the power of their own personal stories to build self-confidence and a greater sense of self.

The Kibera LitClub plays dress-up in new costumes
The Kibera LitClub plays dress-up in new costumes
Jul 27, 2011

Girls LitClubs Summer Update 2011

Kenya Girls LitClub member
Kenya Girls LitClub member

The donations of Global Giving members have helped LitWorld grow tremendously in 2011 and expand the breadth of our current projects.  Your generosity has enabled us to help others experience the power of literacy and learning around the globe.  We take pleasure in announcing new developments in our Girls LitClubs programs:

In July 2011, members of the LitWorld team traveled to Kibera and Kisumu, Kenya, to spend time with girls in the existing LitClubs there.  For most club members, participating in LitClubs was the first time they were able to cast aside their troubled home life—poverty, hunger, HIV/AIDS—and focus on their own personal growth as readers, writers, and dreamers.  The challenging lives of the children undeniably shaped their writing, as they channeled their life experiences into profound songs, poems, and journal entries.  Each child was ecstatic to be a part of the LitClubs mission—using the power of stories to cultivate literacy worldwide. 

During LitWorld’s time in Kenya, they also touched another group integral to the development of children—mothers.  At a Girls LitClub conference attended by over one hundred girls, mothers and daughters raised their voices for education, for literacy, for the power of their own words.  The LitWorld team taught the mothers about the importance of literacy and creating a quiet environment for studying and learning at home.  Furthermore, the mothers were given the opportunity to share their own personal stories, songs, and ideas—some of them had never held a pen in their own hands, but were excited to reveal their creations to their newfound friends. 

LitWorld will be giving each Girls LitClub member there a solar lantern; everyone was bursting with joy at the news, as it will improve the lives of the entire family.

In addition to working with LitClubs for Boys and Girls members in Kenya this summer, LitWorld has continued its mission of global expansion of LitClubs. Girls LitClubs have grown to include 35 domestic and international sites.  Girls LitClubs now exist in the United States, Liberia, Ghana, Kenya, Iraq, and the Philippines.  They may live in different spheres of the world, but all LitClub members have the same universal experience—harnessing the power of their own personal stories to build self-confidence and a greater sense of self.

Nanga Primary School, Kisumu, Kenya
Nanga Primary School, Kisumu, Kenya

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Apr 11, 2011

Baguio City's First Girls Club Meeting

Seven Strength Collages
Seven Strength Collages

Magandang hapon sa lahat!(Good afternoon everyone!)” And so officially began the Girls Club in Baguio City, Philippines. On Saturday, March 12th, we were able to officially launch the Girls Club, with the high school girls who are members of the NGO, Save Our School Children Foundation, Inc. At our first meeting, we had 15 excited and enthusiastic girls! Beginning our day with our energetic “Hello” song, the girls were able to learn each others’ names, think of creative adjectives, and help each other out with fun gestures! 

After introducing ourselves to each other, we read the poem, “All We Want Is Peace (Please)” by Gordon David and processed the meaning of peace in our lives.  We brainstormed ways that we could bring peace to those around us, in our homes, at our school, when spending time with our friends, and when in the presence of people who we have difficulties with. We ended this time by agreeing to bring examples of ways we were peacemakers this week, to our next meeting.

We had a great time exploring and understanding the 7 Strengths, as well as defining what the 7 Strengths meant to each one of us. After a thorough discussion, the girls started making their collages and included the Strength that they wanted to especially focus on during our Girls Club sessions:

First meeting in the Philippines!
First meeting in the Philippines!
PEACE
PEACE
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