“The best thing LitWorld ever gave me was the chance to tell my story.”
Daija, LitClub Member
What an amazing world we live in, filled with so many wonders and joys. And surely one of the greatest of joys in my book is being read aloud to. I can still remember sitting with my brother and sisters and listening to my mother Dorothy read to us at night. She worked long hours during the day, but even so, she managed to find time to share beautiful stories with us. It makes me sad and happy at the same time just to think about her voice.
And giving children all over the world the chance to hear stories and tell their own stories — this is what LitWorld* is all about (www.litworld.org). Its mission is as simple as the spoken world, yet as powerful: “LitWorld creates communities of resilience, hope and joy through reading, writing and the power of shared stories.”
What an aspirational, uplifting goal! LitWorld is a global literacy initiative that reaches children across the United States and in more than 60 countries. With 57 million children around the world not in school, there’s a lot to be done. It helps both families and children through three major programs:
LitClubs and LitCamps: Ongoing groups based in countries around the world, from Haiti and Peru to India and Kenya, where kids are given the chance to read and learn and share their stories in safe environments.
World Read Aloud Day: Around the world, almost 800 million people are illiterate. LitWorld calls attention to this and to reading as a life skill by celebrating the first Wednesday in March as “World Read Aloud Day.” Its motto: “Read Aloud. Change the World.” — just love that! This year, on March 5, this global celebration of reading touched more than 1 million people in 65 countries; some 750 cities held read alouds and other special events.
Stand Up for Girls: Worldwide, 523 million girls and women worldwide cannot read or write. On October 11, 2014, the official UN International Day of the Girl, Lit World will be helping “take action on behalf of all the world’s girls so that they can build fierce, fearless futures, lit from within.” Wonderful words! Let’s support these goals as we write on!
*Many thanks to Cathy Trementozzi, KWD reader and World Read Aloud Ambassador, for alerting me to this
incredible nonprofit and its marvelous mission.