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"Everyone has a destiny. But it requires hard work, dedication, commitment, honesty, and readiness to reach it.”

Mama Tohr

— Mama Tohr, adult learner and Monrovian businesswoman

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Working Together for Global Change

All around the world, literacy has the power to change lives and transform communities. Equipped with basic reading and writing skills, African women can start microbusinesses, poverty-stricken Colombians can resist gang violence, and Indian families can fight AIDS. New courage and capabilities are born—and they all come to life when people learn to read.

Here at ProLiteracy, we’ve seen proof that literacy can change the world. As part of a vi­brant global network made up of more than 2,000 domestic members and international partners, we’ve worked together to reduce poverty, improve public health, and advance human rights in communities and countries around the world.

View our 2012 International Programs Update.


Social Change Starts with Literate Communities

Literacy truly matters to people when they can put it to use to solve personal and community problems. That’s why ProLiteracy uses the Literacy for Social Change teaching method in more than 30 countries.

2.2 million adults around the world
have learned to read through our Literacy for Social Change program.

As residents work on initiatives to improve their communities, our literacy instructors incorporate lessons on reading, writing, and basic math into the projects. Whether they’re digging clean water wells, overseeing reforestation projects, or promoting human rights, they’re always learning the vital literacy skills they need to succeed. Learn more facts about international literacy


How We’re Changing the World

We work with adult learners on literacy and social change initiatives that address some of the world’s most pressing issues, including:

  • Health—Developing medical facilities and services, creating campaigns to prevent or treat disease.
  • Economic Self-reliance—Starting microenterprise, microcredit, or agricultural projects, and making improvements to community infrastructure.
  • Environment—Protecting natural resources and lessening the impact of environmental damage
  • Education—Creating educational programs and schools for children or adults.
  • Peace—Resolving conflict and increasing understanding among different populations.
  • Human Rights/Status of Women—Promoting human rights and reducing abuse of women.

Learn more about our Literacy for Social Change model and our global literacy initiatives.

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