Gaaley’s Story

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Every day, we teach hundreds of students at LCNV – all with their unique background and stories. However, all these students come to our classes for one reason, to learn English – so that they can improve their lives, and become self-dependent. English literacy is an integral skill to survive and strive in this country, it is crucial to the lives of all our learners. Gaaley is one of our students – from a conflicting background, she came to the United States to have a life of safety and freedom. Read her story below:

“When I first came to America in 2003, my country was not [safe]. I was hungry. There was no food. It could have killed me. I went through Libya and Ethiopia. I went to Kenya for four years. I went to Saudi Arabia. Then I came to America.

In America I am very happy. It is good. … By learning English, I can now buy groceries at the Giant Supermarket. I can talk to the doctor. I can manage my medicines, diabetes, and health. I can visit my children.”

LCNV has started our registration process for our spring semester. If you or someone you know is looking for opportunities to learn English and improve their language skills, please check out our classes at lcnv.org/learn. If you believe in our cause, support us by volunteering with us or making a donation today.