Putting Books Into The Hands Of Vulnerable Children

By Betty Trummel

It’s early here in Zambia, and I’m taking a few moments to reflect. Wrapping up another 2-week A to Z Literacy teaching experience in Zambia fills me with joy and hope for the future.

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One of A to Z Literacy’s key goals is to put books in the hands of vulnerable children…both locally and abroad. I have thought about this constantly every single day of this trip.

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As I walked around classrooms yesterday, I focused on the hands of Shine’s students…holding books and enjoying the opportunity to read, and holding pencils…working hard on writing about their community.

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These are the hands of literacy, of the future, of hope, of joy. These are beautiful hands…hands of learning.

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As an educator I know that reading opens doors. It creates hope. It is a great joy to see children holding books and reading.

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I’m proud of our A to Z team here and back home…a dedicated team that is working hard to promote literacy.

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It was a great honor to be here in Zambia helping to encourage literacy and to have the chance to provide professional development for Zambian educators. I have so many memories that are etched into my mind forever. Grateful beyond measure for these experiences.

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