Learning English Brings Her Goals into Focus

Edis Canales will be the first to tell you she is shy. While that might be true, she won’t hesitate to tell you what she aspires to. "My dream is to be a nurse,” she said. “I like to help people and make people feel better.” 


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With Love and Loss, She Keeps Learning
Posted by Laura McLoughlin on December 17, 2021 in categoryWomen's Empowerment

Nearly 20 years ago, Garmenia Carmen Hagewood came to the United States from her home country, Peru. She was 55 and in search of work. She spoke very little English, but that soon changed.

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Day of Reflection: How We Are Still Building Better Lives in Rwanda

Today, on the International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide Against the Tutsi in Rwanda, we reflect on our partnership with SEVOTA and how we have been able to be a part of improving lives of Rwandans through literacy. 

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Entre más aprende, más empoderada se siente

Cuando Efigenia, mujer de 64 años oriunda de San Juan, México, tuvo la oportunidad de terminar su educación secundaria, también obtuvo una nueva perspectiva sobre lo que es posible para una mujer: cualquier cosa.

In San Juan, Mexico, when 64-year-old Efigenia was given the opportunity to finish her middle school education she also gained a new perspective on what is possible as a woman—anything. 

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Por qué, a los 70 años, una mujer "decidió intentar" mejorar su futuro

Hay un dicho que dice que con la experiencia llega la sabiduría. En San Juan, México, una mujer de 70 años llamada Francisca tiene la sabiduría que sólo se puede esperar de alguien de su edad, a pesar de no haber terminado su educación primaria: "Aprender a leer y escribir es como lograr ver, el significado de las palabras finalmente aparece”

There’s the saying that with age comes wisdom. In San Juan, Mexico, a 70-year-old woman named Francisca has the wisdom that can only be expected of someone her agedespite not having finished her elementary education: “Learning to write and read is like being able to see, because words start to make sense.”  


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