We are grateful to our donors for supporting our last two terms of teaching adult women how to read, write, and calculate.
Students are now in holidays which ends on September 3, 2012, and this is the first day of the third term term of teaching. At the end of this term we plan to have achieved all our plans as listed in our previous report.
So far, the women have learnt to read all the alphabets. They can read sentences, and they are even able to read and write letters by themselves. Four students have already opened their own bank account which will help them to save money to feed their families and run their small projects.
The women are joining different cooperatives which help them to develop their families and learn from others. One woman have got legally married, and this is beneficial as it gives her full rights to her family property.
One part of our operating cost is covered by the raised money from Global Giving donations as well as different fundraising including the performance of the dance troop.
One of the biggest challenges that we have is that some of our students have troubles in reading on the blackboard. This is probably due to their ages or the eye vision. We wish to take them to hospital for eye check up. Another challenge is that teachers are still working without being paid. We still need to rent some costumes of the dance troop.
Our plans for the rest of the teaching period are to make sure that all students are able to effectively read, write, and calculate. In addition, they should have required skills to run successfully their small projects. They should have bank accounts, and join cooperatives. They should know their rights, and how to exercise their rights. They should participate in local meetings, and give their opinions. Therefore, they will participate confidently in the decision making in those meetings. In other words, we want to turn them into social change agents.
What else do you think we should include in our next program? What do you think that a woman needs to develop her community?
Thank you for being part of our team in teaching women.
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