Help give children their words
The children of Rivercess County are growing up unable to read or write. There simply isn't anything for them to read in the region's primary schools - one of Liberia's poorest and most inaccessible.
Even when reading material is available, it is usually alien and inappropriate for young Liberian minds. Imagine trying to learn to read for the first time from a book featuring weather, animals or names that you have never seen or heard before...
£30.32 could provide 12 children with reading materials to help them learn to read. Please give today.
The Little Deer and the Lion is just one of the hundrers of stories that make up the Our Words Libraries.
The wisdom of grandparents
The Our Words Library (OWL) project is equipping primary schools with libraries of durable reading materials. These stories have been gathered and transcribed from within Rivercess communities, folkelore and parables often told by grandparents and village elders.
The Little Deer and the Lion is just one of the hundrers of stories that make up the Our Words Libraries. With their familiar characters and places, these illustrated stories are much easier for the children to understand. They are used during lessons at school or taken home by the children to practice reading in their free time.
"Before the only books we had were the ones that our teacher could bring to class. We love the Our Words Library stories and I think I am getting better at reading! My teacher helps me when I am in school and I am also allowed to take the OWL stories home to practice my reading there." - Eleanor, Grade 3, Siahn School
How you can help today
We want to equip an additional 15 primary schools with Our Words Libraries. Our Christmas appeal is raising support to make vital work such as this possible.