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Make your check payable to: Literacy Volunteers Association Cape-Atlantic, Inc. and mail it to:
LVA Cape-Atlantic, Inc.
743 N. Main St.
Pleasantville, NJ 08232
The Numbers Don’t Lie. Low literacy is a global crisis that affects all of us. That’s why it’s so important to understand the issues and confront the facts head on. Only then can we can stand together to fight for change.
Your donation will “Change Lives Beyond Words”
There are many Go Fund Me campaigns to give aid to people in desperate times. Those causes are noble. However, think for a moment about donating to a cause that strives for prevention. This program offers important life skills and coping skills, along with ESL and literacy programs, to adults who don’t have another place to learn.
Unless you’ve lived in a foreign country and have had to learn to manage trivial things, like a package delivery, or a serious matter, such as an ER visit, it is easy to overlook how vital these skills are. I have been lucky. I’ve been abroad with support from a university and my husband. I will never be the mother trying to figure out childcare, doctor’s visits, or finances in a foreign country. I will never be the woman with no independence because I wasn’t allowed an education as a child.
Without the ability to effectively communicate people can’t get help and they have a harder time helping themselves.
Literacy and ESL keep people safer. It helps give women agency and keeps them out of dangerous situations and shelters. Education fights poverty and extremism. Sadly, our government is cutting funding to programs like LVA that help adults.
Submitted by Cynthia Dretel, expat in Germany and daughter of Literacy Volunteer’s Program Director, Katherine Micale.