In January 2018, Alfalit International’s Executive Director, Catherine Penrod and Program Director, Maria Teresa de Almeida, visited Guinea Bissau to visit the literacy and basic education programs, meet with the staff and oversee staff training.
Guinea Bissau is among the poorest countries in Africa. The country has massive foreign debt and a dearth of basic social services. Long-term economic investment is impeded by political instability and regional conflict.
The vital cashew nut crop provides a modest living for most of those involved in farming.
As students work during the day, most classes are held during the evening and are conducted so as to not interfere with the harvest season. In most remote areas, there is no electricity.
Most students walk long distances, as much as five miles each away to get to the classes. While Alfalit is a faith-based organization with missionary roots, our classes, as always, remain welcoming to students of all faiths who are keen on learning.
Alfalit Guinea-Bissau is proud to be currently teaching over 800 students. Please email [email protected]to learn more about the program in the country or if you would like to adopt a classroom of any size. The need is immense and the opportunities limitless!