Only 65.8% of adults in Malawi are literate in part due to lack of access to adult literacy programs. Adult illiteracy represents a great challenge for nonprofits trying to conduct sustainable and empowering development work; it is difficult to teach an adult who cannot complete a simple math problem how to run a small business.
In partnership with the local government we operate over 10 adult literacy programs. Participants not only learn the basics of reading, writing, and arithmetic, but also acquire knowledge about health/sanitation, HIV/AIDS, gender rights, etc. The program is the stepping stone to our Sustainable Livelihoods Program. Our objective is to increase adult literacy levels within Phalombe.
We empower over 200 adults annually ranging from a 17 year old mother/high school dropout to a 70 year old grandmother who never attended school. Entire communities benefit from our Adult Literacy Program because adult learners pass on the knowledge gained to their family and fellow community members.
A one-time contribution of $100 provides 10 instructor stipends for one month.
A monthly contribution of $35 provides supplies for over 150 adult learners for 8 months.