If you are reading this sentence, you are more fortunate than millions of men, women and children around the globe — many in India.
High illiteracy rates among families already living in poverty mean they are unable to receive the benefits of modern technology, gainful employment, and even the provision of basic needs.
The combination of being illiterate and marginalized means families are more vulnerable to exploitation, ill health and human rights abuses.
Children are unable to reach their full potential. Families become locked into the cycle of poverty.
The cost of illiteracy is more than one can imagine.
The good news is — this is a challenge we are working hard to overcome!
And we grateful to YOU for joining us.
When friends like you support our work, families like Raju’s have hope for a better, brighter, more literate future!
Raju is an inspiring example of one who has transformed his life thanks to the compassionate support of individuals around the world.
His family comes from a community that has suffered social discrimination for many generations. Both his mother and father are illiterate and only able to generate income through low-paid manual labor jobs.
Because of their illiteracy and poverty, the family had very little access to health care or education.
With these financial challenges, everyone in Raju’s family had to take responsibility in earning income — even Raju himself.
As a young boy, instead of enjoying school breaks, vacations, and holidays with friends and family, Raju joined his father, mother and brothers in doing labor-intensive masonry work.
While most children from well-to-do families looked forward to times of recreation, Raju worked hard.
Thankfully, Raju’s life took a different direction. A few years ago, he began attending a DFN school and for the first time, he found hope for a brighter future. He has since joined extra-curricular activities and is excelling in his subjects.
Most importantly — for Raju — illiteracy is not a word that will define his future.
We are so grateful for partners like you who make stories like this possible!