Literacy brings dignity

Jack had been humiliated by his illiteracy for many years. Here’s his story.

“Three years ago I could not approach a girl. They laughed whenever I tried to build a friendship with anyone who knew my life story. I had never been to school because my parents were very poor so I could not read or write. I attended the literacy program for two years. Now, I can read and write a letter in Swahili.

“I decided to challenge the local girls and went to one of them asking for a sheet of paper and a pen. She was surprised and began to laugh until she saw me write a short letter to Evelyne, my fiancée. I asked the girl to correct it since she had been to secondary school. I told her my story and since then she has been respectful toward me.”