Kenya Girls LitClub member
The donations of Global Giving members have helped LitWorld grow tremendously in 2011 and expand the breadth of our current projects. Your generosity has enabled us to help others experience the power of literacy and learning around the globe. We take pleasure in announcing new developments in our Girls LitClubs programs:
In July 2011, members of the LitWorld team traveled to Kibera and Kisumu, Kenya, to spend time with girls in the existing LitClubs there. For most club members, participating in LitClubs was the first time they were able to cast aside their troubled home life—poverty, hunger, HIV/AIDS—and focus on their own personal growth as readers, writers, and dreamers. The challenging lives of the children undeniably shaped their writing, as they channeled their life experiences into profound songs, poems, and journal entries. Each child was ecstatic to be a part of the LitClubs mission—using the power of stories to cultivate literacy worldwide.
During LitWorld’s time in Kenya, they also touched another group integral to the development of children—mothers. At a Girls LitClub conference attended by over one hundred girls, mothers and daughters raised their voices for education, for literacy, for the power of their own words. The LitWorld team taught the mothers about the importance of literacy and creating a quiet environment for studying and learning at home. Furthermore, the mothers were given the opportunity to share their own personal stories, songs, and ideas—some of them had never held a pen in their own hands, but were excited to reveal their creations to their newfound friends.
LitWorld will be giving each Girls LitClub member there a solar lantern; everyone was bursting with joy at the news, as it will improve the lives of the entire family.
In addition to working with LitClubs for Boys and Girls members in Kenya this summer, LitWorld has continued its mission of global expansion of LitClubs. Girls LitClubs have grown to include 35 domestic and international sites. Girls LitClubs now exist in the United States, Liberia, Ghana, Kenya, Iraq, and the Philippines. They may live in different spheres of the world, but all LitClub members have the same universal experience—harnessing the power of their own personal stories to build self-confidence and a greater sense of self.
Nanga Primary School, Kisumu, Kenya