Whilst working with AGREDS in Salima, Malawi, on our gap year adventure, we’ve met so many people with great stories..
Here’s just one lady that inspired us so much we wanted to share her story with you.
Fanny Yohane is 60 years old and is from Mlenga village. She was unable to attend school as a child but decided to enrol in one of the three adult literacy schools in her village in October 2013. She was very dedicated to her studies, attending four 2-hour-long lessons per week, and within three months was able to read and write.
This skill has made her much more independent in her community, and she is able to travel on the bus on her own because she can now read the signs to see where the bus is going.
One of the biggest advantages she has found in being literate is being able to read the bible, and she studies the bible every day before bed. She has been able to lead bible studies and devotions within her church and from this has become a girl’s councillor and youth class teacher in her church. She’s also had the chance to preach to the whole congregation.
Fanny was able to take on these activities just three months into her ten month adult literacy course. This new found confidence she has in reading her bible and in her faith has led to her organising bible studies and worship sessions with her friends outside church.
It’s also had an impact on her husband. He was initially unhappy about Fanny joining the classes as he couldn’t see the value in it so late in life, but from observing the difference it has made in his wife this attitude has completely changed.
He hasn’t been to church for a long time, but has been moved by his wife’s passion for the bible and bible studies she has done with him, and is considering going back to church.
I cannot believe I have opened up a door for all these new responsibilities. People are now entrusting me with responsibilities, and I am happy with this.