LITERACY = EMPOWERMENT
In Haiti, when you can’t write your name, you are forced to sign your name with an “X.” Imagine the pride and self-confidence gained when you are no longer an “X” but can sign your own name with dignity!
Approximately 200 adults participate each year in Alpha literacy classes. There are 3 levels of Alpha classes, each taking one year to complete. At the end of the 3-year program students have achieved literacy skills equivalent to grade 6.
“If I had enough time I would explain what the little crosses (writing an X) have made us suffer …I say ‘No,’ I will not make the small cross (X) again …. I send it to the bottom of the abyss … Thank God and thank you Rayjon Share Care Haiti.” – Fleuridor Ofilia
A donation of $25 provides supplies for one adult for a full semester. $100 covers tuition and supplies for a full year of learning.
Since the first literacy class in 1992, Rayjon has helped over 1,610 adults learn to read and write.There are now classes in 4 locations. Most of the students are women, but there are typically a few men in each class as well. Our partners on the ground in Haiti are working hard to link literacy classes with basic business training and a microcredit program that will allow graduates to apply for small business loans. Alpha literacy classes enable adults to develop self-confidence, better provide and care for their families, and support the economic growth of their communities.