Audrey Armstrong visited Makutano in 2008 and shares her experiences working with women in the village to increase their literacy.
When we walked up the path approaching the Grace House, we heard chattering and laughing. Terror gripped my heart. Who was inside and what was I doing here in this place? Were those inside eager to be here or did they want to be in their homes caring for children and tending their gardens and fields? Would they like me or would my lessons planned to help them recognize and write the letters in their name be too juvenile for these African ladies? I had prepared material for the fifteen women who had agreed to come, but when we entered the room, I saw the benches were filled with beautiful, happy, eager ladies—not fifteen, but nearly thirty had come. They were there early and were prepared to stay all day. This would not be the 45 minute lesson I had envisioned!
We learned a lot about improvising on the run that morning, but what fun! We sang and prayed and wrote and talked and played and laughed. The women practiced The Alphabet Song, The B-I-B-L-E, and B-I-N-G-O in English. I practiced John 3:16 in Swahili. And to my amazement, they came back every morning that week to do it again!
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