After reading an interview with Mashal, an illiterate 18-year-old girl in NW Pakistan (part of research for a book on global youth viewpoints), I asked Hassan, the interviewer, if she wanted to learn to read. Yes, he said. (Read the interview http://gaylekimball.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=3&action=edit) So my meditation group funded his salary, transportation costs for the students to get from their village by rickshaw to his home, and the Urdu workbooks. Currently, 7 students ages 11 to 23, two boys and five girls, are learning to read and count for the first time. http://opendoorsliteracyproject.weebly.com/ has more photos and reports. If you would like to sponsor a student, make a tax-deductable check to North Valley Community Foundation, with Open Doors Literacy Project in the subject line. Mail to NVCF, 312o Cohasset Rd, Suite 8, Chico, CA 95973. The website also has a PayPal link.
Here’s a report from Hassan, the 18-year-old teacher:
First class went awesome. They learned about 15 pages, writing skill. It was awesome. Mashal’s sister brought her cousin (male) with them as well. He will join the class as well. No extra pay for him. Just gonna buy the books. So altogether it’s 7 people now. I have taken pictures which I’ll send later on. I just got back from college and I am dead tired. I will do different practices with them so that their writing skills develop. Seems like they can talk in Urdu but don’t know how to write or read it so my main focus would be that. It’s pretty exciting. You can’t even imagine how good it feels once they learn something. Today, I showed them how to write the date as well. It was great!
See photographs of the students http://gaylekimball.wordpress.com/wp-admin/upload.php