What we did in 2015

Here is a listing of our activities and accomplishments in 2015.

Materials Developed

  • We revised our English and Spanish tutor and trainer manuals.
  • We translated recently developed portions of the training materials into French.
  • We created “I Am Second” training modules for tutors and trainers in English, Spanish, French, and Kiswahili. Proposals are being considered to extend to additional languages.
  • We revised a promotional video for Bridge to Reading in English and made a Spanish language version of it.
  • We created a logo to match the style of the One Mission Society and Every Community for Christ logos.
  • We developed web pages to be added to the OMS website.

Training Workshops

  • Bridge to Reading in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, and Central African Republic trained 486 tutors.
  • Wendy McDermott led tutor training teams in Colombia where 80 volunteers from SaturaColombia and IGLECO were trained as literacy tutors. 25 were trained in Medellin, 35 in Magangué, and 20 in Quibdó.
  • The training in Colombia completed the steps of training support that OMS embraces: MODEL – ASSIST – WATCH – LEAVE
  • James Kigamwa conducted literacy training of tutors and trainers in Cairo, Egypt, for 26 volunteers using Literacy and Evangelism materials.

Funding and Development

  • We completed an OMS Development grant proposal to expand into Chad and new areas of the Central African Republic.
  • We conducted two Walk-Run fundraisers in Greenwood, In., and Audubon, N.J., and raised $5,135.
  • Bridge to Reading published a Christmas letter distributed to all supporters from the past three years.

Mobilization of Learners

  • Bridge to Reading teams participated in the International Literacy Day celebrations in September in Africa. The celebrations encouraged learners, tutors, and trainers to persist in their literacy efforts.
  • The total number of students who were in the literacy classes in the Bridge to Reading programs in 2015 was estimated at 3,130.

Decisions for Jesus

  • In 2015 our field supervisors reported that 378 persons made decisions to accept Jesus though the Bridge to Reading literacy project.