ProLiteracy Co-Founder Ruth Colvin Publishes New Book
A new book by Ruth J. Colvin, the founder of Literacy Volunteers of America, has just been published by Syracuse University Press. “Off the Beaten Path: Stories of People Around the World” details the many encounters Colvin had as she taught others to read and write. From the Sunshine Coast of South Africa to a remote ashram in India, Colvin and her husband, Bob Colvin, have traveled around the world, visiting 62 countries and providing literacy training in 26 developing countries.
The book includes stories about a holy man in India; a banned leader and a revolutionary in the apartheid system of South Africa; lepers in India and Madagascar; Chinese Communists; and survivors of Pol Pot’s Cambodia.
In 2003, Literacy Volunteers of America merged with Laubach Literacy to become ProLiteracy.
The recipient of nine honorary doctorates, Colvin was given the highest award for volunteerism in the United States, the President’s Volunteer Action Award, in 1987. She received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2006, and was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 1991. She lives in Syracuse, New York.
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