Learning to Read in South Africa

$504 $9,491
Raised Remaining


Older people are empowered with literacy skills enabling them to claim their basic state pensions, help grandchildren with schoolwork and as provide better support HIV/AIDS sufferers and AIDS orphans.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

The poverty of older men and women in three townships of Kwazulu Natal is exacerbated by the lack of information and abuse that they suffer. Older people are cheated out of their pensions, are made to sign wills and funeral insurance they have not fully understood, and are denied their right to participate in the governance of their country. Kwazulu Natal province is one of the hardest hit by the HIV/AIDS pandemic and older people are among the main carers of the sick and the orphaned.

How will this project solve this problem?

Our project will provide literacy for older people to increase their skills, build their confidence & access their rights. Lessons will be prepared & facilitated on themes chosen by older learners themselves that will help them in their daily lives.

Potential Long Term Impact

Literacy skills will be developed at the same time as learning about health care, caring for PLWHAs and orphans and social security rights. The skills will also improve their participation in other community activities.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $504

Funding Policy: subsidized/guaranteed

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $504 as of Jun 9, 2004.  The original project funding goal was $9,995.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).


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Thanks to 5 donors like you, a total of $504 was raised for this project on GlobalGiving. Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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The Muthande Society for the Aged

Durban, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa

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