literacy = power
WGEF's literacy program 2010 will be completed on October 10th. We have served over 95 women, and their children this year, with classes being held twice a week for 8 months. Participants attend class twice weekly, two hours on Tuesday and all day on Saturday. Saturday's class includes lunch, tea and child care for one child. Often this is the only programming a child might receive; children read books, colour, and play in a supervised atmosphere. It is a very challenging commitment for our clients, which have to make arrangements for her business, family and children obligations, water collection, etc.
To celebrate and highlight their accomplishments, the class of 2010 is holding a debate, Educating Women, in Gulu on October 3. I will be attending and will post a report and photos upon my return. This is an impressive undertaking, especially considering just three short years ago, many of our clients were living in the IDP camps, unsure of their future and fearing for their security.
Our literacy program is a critical component in our organization, understanding that when you give women the opportunity to learn to read and write her whole world can open up and opportunities are created. We are looking ahead to January, 2011, our hope is to expand our program to include 150 women next year. Understanding that this is only possible with proper funding we hope you will want to support this important program! Thank you for your commitment to women, social justice and sustainable development!