TRY has been very busy the past few months with a number of livelihood enrichment programs as well as environmental improvement projects. TRYorganized three adult literacy programs for its members, where oyster women gather during the evenings to learn basic literacy and numeracy.For the most part, these women have never even held a pencil, and they are now learning how to read and write the alphabet, how to sign theirnames, how to say who they are and where they're from, and how to do simple math using written numbers and English words in order to improve their businesses practices. These women, even though they have children to care for, meals to cook, dishes to clean, clothes to wash, compounds to sweep, and small businesses to run, still find the timeto gather three times a week in a darkened classroom lit by candlelight in order to advance their own personal knowledge. Now, they can helptheir small children with their homework, and even learn alongside them. Additionally, TRY members have been busy with mangrovereforestation programs in a number of communities in and around the capital area of The Gambia. TRY members have planted thousands ofmangroves seedlings over even more hectares of barren land. Not only are TRY members coming together with their families to improve theenvironment and the scenery of The Gambia, but they are also learning more about the importance of ecological diversity and responsibleresource management, leading their communities in environmental protection and awareness. Thanks so much for all your support; it'sthanks to kind donations from across the international community that provide TRY members with the resources to make a difference.
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