Life without literacy: Day 23 of 30 Days to 30 Hours.


You can’t read this. You can’t understand these letters. They just look like odd shapes to you. You can’t learn anything; textbooks are just jumbled words, nothing more.

Without literacy, where would you be? What would your life look like?

Imagine you woke up this morning on the floor of a small hut with your three younger siblings. Yesterday, you ran out of food. Your parents are traveling to gather water and medication…if they are lucky. So, while your siblings go to school, you are forced to stay at home to gather food for your family’s survival.

You’re 9 years old. You have no idea where to look. How do you feel?

This is the sad reality for millions of children living in the impoverished areas where World Vision serves. In fact, one-third of all children do not complete five years of schooling–the minimum amount needed for basic literacy skills. [1]

We use our literacy everyday without realizing how truly empowering it is. With the vast resources available to us, we can learn whatever interests us. But that’s not the case for far too many. When children aren’t educated, breaking the chains of poverty becomes virtually unattainable. They will always be at war with hunger.

Education reduces poverty. In fact, studies show that each year of schooling increases a person’s earnings by a worldwide average of about 10 percent! [2] So, while you may be ready for summer break, consider how blessed you are to be able to read this. Literally. Not everyone can.

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The education of children is at the heart of sustainable development. Consequently, World Vision invests more in its education programs than any other sector, focusing on increasing access to quality learning opportunities for all children, especially children from disadvantaged backgrounds. The result empowers people, giving them the weapons need to win the war against hunger.

There are still 7 days remaining in our 30 days to 30 hours campaign. If you want to transform your heart by experiencing poverty in it’s different forms, check out what days are next by clicking here.  Want to see how others have been impacted? Youth Leader, Jono Moehlig reflects on his experiences with these sacrifices, here. 


[1]UNICEFState of the World’s Children (2006)

[2] World Bank FAQ (2005)