Rella sat with a book open before her as she read aloud to her husband and children. Perhaps her eyes shone with each word. It was a dream come true. Just a short time ago, these letters had been undecipherable and painful reminders of her shortcomings. Now, they represented hope.
An Everyday Struggle
As a child, Rella had missed the opportunity to study in school. Rella’s impoverished family had needed her to stay home and care for her younger siblings. She reached adulthood unable to read or write, then she married Rahm, who was also illiterate.
Rahm worked as a daily laborer while Rella stayed home to care for their home and three young children. Their small house in the slum, a shelter made of mud and plastic, was all they could afford. Their illiteracy caused many struggles in their everyday life. They couldn’t read labels, street signs or legal documents.
Rella’s lack of education extended to math as well. Without basic math skills, Rella could not count out money whenever she purchased anything from the market. She had no idea how much money she spent and had to seek help from someone else. With every trip to the market came confusion and discouragement.
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