By Fatou Janha and Adrian Croke - Executive Director TRY and Peace Corp Volunteer
TRY has been very busy the past few months with a number of livelihood enrichment programs as well as environmental improvement projects. TRY organized 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 their names, 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 time to gather three times a week in a darkened classroom lit by candlelight in order to advance their own personal knowledge. Now, they can help their small children with their homework, and even learn alongside them. Additionally, TRY members have been busy with mangrove reforestation programs in a number of communities in and around the capital area of The Gambia. TRY members have planted thousands of mangroves seedlings over even more hectares of barren land. Not only are TRY members coming together with their families to improve the environment and the scenery of The Gambia, but they are also learning more about the importance of ecological diversity and responsible resource management, leading their communities in environmental protection and awareness. Thanks so much for all your support; it's thanks to kind donations from across the international community that provide TRY members with the resources to make a difference.
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