Saturday, August 25, 2012

Adult Literacy Class Update

I just returned from a trip to Haiti to check on the adult literacy classes we began in June. I was so completely inspired by how hard those adults are working to learn to read and write. It is excruciating to see how slowly they learn and to watch how difficult it is to even form basic letters, but they try so hard that it is so incredibly inspiring to see them read and write simple words. The students in the first class have learned 7 consonants and 4 vowels, and add another letter each week. When I visited the class, the students so proudly showed me their homework and the hard work they've been doing. A teenage student even wrote me a letter, and although it didn't make sense, it was full of "words".
Evangeline, the school director and initial teacher

our literacy text books with health lessons
The students follow a literacy program created by a Haitian organization and they learn in their mother tongue, Kreyol, a French-based creole that is heavy on French vocabulary and infused with words from African languages. Kreyol grammar is distinct from French and has strong influences from Africa. The literacy text book includes illustrated sanitation and health lessons such as hand washing, breastfeeding, purifying water, and preventing diarrhea.  

Thank you to those of you who sponsor a student and pay for their class. I have a photo and note for each sponsor with a sample of their student's work.
Would you like to sponsor a Haitian adult to learn to read and write? It costs $70 for the 7 months of instruction, books, and supplies. If interested, you can make a tax deductible donation through this link. Thank you!

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