Since 2008, 500+ clients have completed literacy training programs, with many sitting for national literacy testing. Many of our clients missed out on learning basic reading and writing skills due to the ongoing conflict; during my first trip to Gulu, women expressed a strong desire to learn to read and write, in response WGEF’s literacy program began in July 2008. Women report being able to sign their names and exchange greetings in English (the formal language in Uganda) in business, banks, and help their children with their schoolwork, and provide better customer service.
This fall, we were able to provide our literacy participants with a solar light bulb. This will not only expand their day, but diminish the need for expensive and unhealthy fuels used for energy in most homes.
As our 2012 class finishes their studies, we look forward to our next class beginning in January 2013. We hope to include 200 women and offer two levels of study. This program is not possible without the help of GlobalGiving donors, who have provided the essential funding necessary to provide this type of life changing programming.
When a woman learns to read and write her whole world opens up.