Let’s Move Ahead Together
DCI students at Bududa are looking to their future with hope
We are into 2020 and gearing up for a big year. The need is so great and villages are begging for our services. Some of our literacy classes have begun again, we’ve started some training for our literacy teachers, and we are in discussions with a couple of groups about providing literacy classes for them as well. 

All of this takes lots of money. Right now we are raising funds for two urgent projects. We need H for several months for our new training facility/office, and to begin to provide eyeglasses for our literacy students. 

Our new Mbale office serves as a special training facility, in addition to helping us run our day to day ministries. We can now host all of our staff and teachers for meetings and trainings, including eating and sleeping. This saves us a lot of money over the course of the year that would have gone to hotels and restaurants. We train our teachers four times per year with special skills for teaching adults our curriculum and new knowledge. 

Our program teaches adults to read.  But at a certain age, people need reading glasses. Our students have usually not realized this until they begin, but they can’t afford their first pair. Soon we will be assessing the sight of all of our literacy students and then provide them with glasses as needed.  Because the average class member is middle aged, most of them are in need. 

These two urgent projects will cost about $8000 in the next couple of weeks. Please consider how you might be able to help us reach these goals now.
How a DCI Literacy Teacher Is Made
A successful class depends on a good teacher, and we have found a good one in Justine Nabutiti. She was born in the infamous muddy landslide district of Bududa, in eastern Uganda, one of seven children.  
 
Justine said, "Our family depended on the efforts of my dad a casual farm worker,  yet what he earned was just peanuts and it could not maintain us in school.  My mother never worked for money due to health issues, so when I was young she only stayed home to monitor the daily house chores. So it was my own garden hoe that educated me.”
 
After primary school, Justine worked as a nanny and housemaid for two years, and it was with this money she earned that she managed to pay for her first term of high school. This became her routine,  working as a nanny during every school vacation to make it through the next semester.  By working through all her free time, Justine was able to make it through most of high school.  But not quite.  
 
At the age of 18, Justine got into a relationship after she missing a couple of semesters of school because she couldn’t earn enough money for tuition.  She was hoping the boy, a classmate, would help pay her school fees.  Justine says, “I did all this because of the love I had for education.”  But she realized her mistake when all she got from it was pregnancy at an early age.  Fortunately her father stood up for her and convinced the school to allow her to sit her final exams.  (Usually schools will not allow a girl who gets pregnant to finish school at all.)  
 
But poverty didn’t stop Justine from achieving.  Once again, Justine was able to work to save up her own money for a college course.  She is the only one in her family who successfully finished school, graduating from a primary teacher’s college in another distant district.
 
Justine says she feels a drive that pushes her to change her life for the better, and this gives the strength to focus and keep on trying.  She now runs her own nursery and kindergarten school back in her home village, and also has a goal of soon eliminating illiteracy among adults in the community.
 
In 2017, Justine stepped in for her mother, Esther Mwenyi, who had overcome her health issues and become one of our pioneer literacy teachers, when she fell sick once again.  Justine quickly proved her worth her skills from college, and even more so by her brilliant, strong personality.  DCI tested and interviewed her through our rigorous recruitment process before appointing her officially as our teacher for Bududa.  She is jolly, patient, understanding, and very passionate about teaching.  
Asked what she thinks of DCI, Justine says she has been very impressed about the unique teaching methods we have given her to really reach her adult students. Justine says that DCI has become like family to her.   
 
Justine says that DCI has opened the eyes of her class and and even other community members since they are now able to speak English, write their names, and to speak to outside visitors from other regions, something they couldn’t do before.  She says they can now follow both church teachings and readings.  
 
Justine uses her strong personality to encourage and challenge our learners when they get discouraged. She says she employs role-play, brainstorming, question and answer, and other active teaching methods as she guides the students.  Asked about what inspires her, she says she believes teaching is a spiritual calling she realized while conducting Sunday school classes at her church. 
 
Justine is one of 20 current literacy teachers.  Each has their own story, and each has a unique personality, which fits to maximize their impact in their community.  When all our teachers come together for trainings, it is clear they have become family, brothers and sisters on the same mission.  

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