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.
Apr 4, 2012

Pursuing Dreams: LitWorld LitClubs Inspire Across the Globe

The LitWorld Team in Ghana
The LitWorld Team in Ghana

The donations of GlobalGiving members have continued to make an incredible impact on the LitWorld community in the first quarter of 2012.  The generosity of this wonderful community has helped the message of global literacy and the power of story to travel far and wide in just the first few months of the new year.

In February, members of the LitWorld team made their first ever site visit to Ghana to meet with the 16 Girls LitClubs currently running in Accra and Kumasi.  The LitClub members shared their joy of reading and writing, and talked about their club experiences.  Seeing the girls' beautiful work in their notebooks and hearing their hopes, dreams, and determination to make their world a better place was inspiring.  Despite poverty and a lack of resources, our girls continue to grow into empowered young leaders who will be the driving force for change in our future.

Each club wrote their own Dream Poem together, through which they shared their hopes for themselves, their family, their country, and the world.  The girls wished for various things: becoming a doctor later in life, the creation of a library for their school, and world peace, to name a few.  Each of the girls agreed on one thing: the key to their dreams would be hard work and learning as much as possible.  They shared in the joy of wonderful texts such as "The Snowy Day" by Ezra Jack Keats and "Chrysanthemum" by Kevin Henkes, and each club received a supply of new books to start their own LitWorld library.

In addition to cultivating our LitClubs through visits and continued connection, LitWorld has continued to grow throughout the winter.  Our Girls LitClub curriculum has now been translated into Spanish, French, and Chinese, and is ready to travel as we set our sights on developing partnerships in Asia, West Africa, and Central America.  Throughout the world, the power of story is continuing to take root as we raise our voices together to achieve our dreams.

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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