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Poverty, illiteracy and poor
health are linked together within Haiti. In the crowded slums
of Port au Prince, the capital of Haiti over 47% of adults
cannot read or write. Illiteracy rates are even more staggering
in the rural areas of Haiti.
Illiteracy is part of the problem that entrenches
men and women and especially women in destitution. It denies them
the opportunity to get better paying jobs, afford homes, to purchase
decent clothing and daily food. Without these basics, them or their
children cannot stay healthy.
In the developing world there is strong connection
between the educational level of parents and the health of their
Therefore, as a Faith based NGO United Caribbean
Trust (UCT)is committed to the promotion of health for children,
and thus seeks to meet the needs of women recognizing that illiteracy
condemns many to unemployment, hunger, sickness and fear.
Although literacy rates have increased, the region
is still marked by striking disparities. The EFA Global Monitoring
Report of 2008 indicates that while the adult literacy rate for
Latin America is 91 per cent, it is 74 per cent in the Caribbean.
This means that nearly 39 million adults in the region lack the
reading and writing skills necessary to meet the demands of daily
life and work, and to facilitate continuous learning in today’s
Moreover, an estimated 110 million young people
do not complete primary school and consequently do not have sufficient
literacy skills to participate fully in their communities. The statistics
indicate that several countries in the region may not achieve the
Education for All goals pertaining to youth and adult learning by
the target date of 2015.
In general, governments have responded to the learning
needs of young people and adults mainly by expanding formal secondary
and tertiary education, neglecting alternative non-formal routes
for the poor and the marginalized.
UCT is looking to partner with the Bible Society
of the Eastern Caribbean to introduce an Adult Literacy program
into all the areas where the women's empowerment program is activated.
We are looking to partner with other organizations
such as Stonecroft to promote this women's program to places like
Africa, Haiti and Suriname.
A portion of the funds from the women's empowerment
program will go towards translation of all the material needed to
extend these programs into the poor and needy and we are trusting
God that the Adult Literacy program will be one that can be translated.
Enabling us to take it to the 'Forgotten people' who God has not