Christmas Giving 2020

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Esther's Future is in Your Hands

Ten-year-old Esther lives with 15 family members in a small house in a humble neighborhood. Her mom works six days a week to make ends meet and provide the basics for her family.

Like many other children facing poverty and hardship around the world, Esther had no books at home and the quality of education at her school, now closed due to COVID-19, is very poor. 

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Luckily, Esther attends one of our reading programs at a local community hub with her younger brother. “I enjoy coming every week because Miss Paulina teaches us to read and write,” she says enthusiastically. The program has been a vital resource to keep them learning during school shutdowns.

The reading classes and mentoring have made a huge difference. Program Manager, Paula, has seen her progress. “In the beginning, she read word by word. Now she is reading complete sentences without repetition. I believe in her potential to achieve big things in life.” The World Literacy Foundation also sent Esther’s family food, clothes, and books so she can now read at home too. 

Esther wants to be a policewoman when she grows up to take care of people in her community. We think her dream will come true because the gift of literacy opens endless possibilities for children in need. 

If you are thinking about how you can make a long-lasting difference to a child like Esther, in such a challenging time, please give the gift of literacy today, a gift that truly lasts a lifetime.

Luckily, Esther attends one of our reading programs at a local community hub with her younger brother. “I enjoy coming every week because Miss Paulina teaches us to read and write,” she says enthusiastically. The program has been a vital resource to keep them learning during school shutdowns.

The reading classes and mentoring have made a huge difference. Program Manager, Paula, has seen her progress. “In the beginning, she read word by word. Now she is reading complete sentences without repetition. I believe in her potential to achieve big things in life.” The World Literacy Foundation also sent Esther’s family food, clothes, and books so she can now read at home too. 

Esther wants to be a policewoman when she grows up to take care of people in her community. We think her dream will come true because the gift of literacy opens endless possibilities for children in need. 

If you are thinking about how you can make a long-lasting difference to a child like Esther, in such a challenging time, please give the gift of literacy today, a gift that truly lasts a lifetime.

The COVID-19 crisis has reminded us of a simple fact: we need to take care of each other.

The education of 1.27 billion children and youth has been affected by school closures due to COVID-19 this year. Families are facing immense financial stress and this is likely to affect parents’ decisions to support their children’s education.

Our COVID-19 response teams and volunteers have reached over 2,500 families worldwide since March. Literacy packs and mentoring support have been delivered to help parents and encourage children to continue learning from home. But there is so much more to be done.

 

This Christmas, please help lift a child out of poverty.

We aim to reach 5,000 children and families who need vital literacy support by providing resources from book packs to weekly reading and writing mentoring. These will help children develop the skills to lift them out of poverty. Will you join us?

The most vulnerable children in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Colombia, and Africa who do not have access to remote learning opportunities like Esther need your support today!

How to get involved

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BECOME A WORLDLIT FRIEND Make a one-time donation and support our work to provide a vulnerable child with their very first book and only Christmas gift.
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BECOME A WORLDLIT CHAMPION

Make a monthly donation of 15 dollars and provide a child with literacy resources and mentoring for a year.

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BECOME A WORLDLIT LEGEND Fundraise for us on Facebook and engage your friends to donate to help us change lives through literacy.

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Christmas Giving WLF has grown to align with the needs of an evolving education sector. The World Literacy Foundation has worked towards forging partnerships with other leading educational and related not-for-profit organisations, and has built long-lasting relationships within communities around the world. Donate – World Literacy Foundation significantly dedicates its time and resources to conducting research, and uses resulting information to help advocate in local communities as well as on a global scale.

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Donations Christmas The World Literacy Foundation volunteers and partner communities have worked in Azerbaijan, Indonesia, India, Pakistan, Colombia, Mozambique, Uganda, and other developing countries to provide access to quality education and learning resources to disadvantaged communities. With bases on five of the seven continents, the tailors each operation to the country’s specific literacy needs. In the African sect based in Uganda, where many people live in poverty and have no electricity the World Literacy Foundation has donated solar powered tablets. Paired with the Sun Books initiative the World Literacy Foundation is not just donating recourses but also training to teachers at the primary school level. Donate WLF – Where the foundation was started in Australia, the goal is geared towards closing the gap of literacy between Indigenous and non-Indigenous children. For indigenous people illiteracy rates are a more prominent problem. To improve skills such as reading and number skills, the World Literacy Foundation has developed a program called the Indigenous Learning App. This app contains multilingual e-books and multiple literacy games in not just English but also the local dialect in Australia.[6] In the African sect with headquarters in Uganda, where many people live in poverty and have no electricity the World Literacy Foundation has donated solar powered tablets. Paired with the Sun Books initiative the World Literacy Foundation is not just donating recourses but also training to teachers at the primary school level on how to use these resources effectively. The solar powered tablets come preloaded with digital learning content and multilingual e-books. In Uganda only roughly 27% of people have access to electricity and the cost of one book can be a whole month’s salary. These Sun Books are useful in the sense that they do not need to be electrically charged and are universal tools, coming loaded with multiple uses.[7] Several years ago, the World Literacy Foundation founded their South America sect in Manizales, Colombia. Latin America is in dire need of educational reform, over 35 million people over the age of 15 are illiterate. Here it is only expected that children attend school for 6 years compared to the traditional 12 most other countries require. To help improve these statistics the World Literacy Foundation runs two classes a week for over 60 children and other community members. During beneficial classes the World Literacy Foundation supports learners of all ages with tutoring and reading services.[7] In the United Kingdom illiteracy costs the UK’s economy roughly $50 billion USD a year. It is here the World Literacy Foundation has run 26 fundraising projects, book distribution drives and provides numerous services. To help combat illiteracy the World literacy Foundation provides services such as parent mentoring, tutoring services, delivering literacy recourses, and distributes multilingual children/baby books. In the UK the World Literacy Foundation also has made a pack to new mothers to whom English would not be their first language to improve literacy and help them improve their standard of life.[7] Even in the United States of America there is a literacy crisis. This gap can be measured by 30 million words, and this stretches from learners who live in poverty to those who are afforded the best education money can buy. Although it is not just the socioeconomics that divide America’s literate, literacy rates also greatly range between racial groups. To support American learners the World Literacy Foundation has encouraged 150 schools to participate in International literacy Day. In February 2019 a project called Michigan Reads debuted; this is an initiative to provide tutoring and literacy resources to children from all backgrounds in Michigan. In America there are also over 60 Youth Ambassadors who promote literacy in their schools and communities.[7] Global projects The World Literacy Foundation hosts several global projects a year. The most popular being the International Day of Literacy.