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Adult Literacy

Adult Literacy



The write stuff. This gift helps adults learn basic literacy and numeracy skills, opening up the opportunity for a brighter future. Adult literacy groups often support each other to get involved in other development activities in their community.

“Educating children and adults gives them the opportunity to break the cycle of poverty. I run a Useful Gifts Shop at our kids’ school every Christmas. It’s a practical way of putting my faith into action, and sharing God’s heart for justice with others in our community.”Cindy, from Melbourne, Australia.

How your gift helps

This young woman is from Chitrakoot, India, and part of a Self-Help Group formed by TEAR’s partner EFICOR.  Together with her group members she is learning how to read and write about practical issues including health and sanitation and life skills. 

Becoming literate has many benefits for these women. On an everyday level it means they are able to read government forms or help their children with homework. But it can also bring a new confidence and feeling of self-worth that is deep, long-lasting and impossible to measure.

As well as literacy, the Self-Help Groups in this project also learn other practical skills including savings and bookkeeping. After a time of regular saving, they will be able to take a small loan from the group if needed and potentially start a small business.

These women’s Self-Help Groups are part of a broader project that helps families improve production from their farmland and ensure their communities have knowledge of and can access government services such as schooling for their children.

Your gift of Adult Literacy is contributing to projects like this one and making a difference in the lives of those facing poverty and marginalisation.

About our partner

Evangelical Fellowship Of India Commission On Relief (EFICOR) is a Christian organisation that responds to the needs of the poor and marginalised, empowering them to become self-sustaining communities, experiencing holistic development.

What you receive
  • Choose from a printed card or download-and-print pdf card (or no card, just a tax-deductible receipt).
  • Links to download-and-print cards are emailed to you after checkout.
  • The amount you have donated will not be on the card.
  • Printed cards:
    • A blank envelope for your card.
    • Free standard postage within Australia (5-7 working days) or $6 for Express Post (2-3 working days). Express Post cards will normally be sent the same day if the order is made before 1:30pm AEST. Please note: Express Post only operates in these areas within Australia.
    • Note: We cannot ship printed cards outside Australia (but you can still order the digital cards).
    • Note: We do NOT write on your cards—they are delivered to you to personalise.
  • A tax-deductible receipt.