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October 11, 2017

When There Aren't Enough Leftovers


“Lupe,” age 54, comes from a big family of six children.  Born in El Salvador, where school is only an expectation for the wealthy, her family struggled to ensure their children received an education. As the youngest, resources were depleted before Lupe could attend.


“My mother feels very bad about that. Very guilty,” she explains. Lupe does not want her mother to worry about her, nor does she want illiteracy to stand in her way any longer.


Having been in the United States for decades, Lupe speaks English very well. Yet, both the English and Spanish alphabets are elusive to her. “It is time, well, way past time for me to learn. It scares me, but I want to do it. I have to learn some reading to get my citizenship, but I want to be able to read everything all the time. Life is so hard when you can’t read,” she laments.


New to the area, Lupe says she was unable to find a place like LVWA in New York. She “did not know it was possible” to learn to read as an adult.


Quite eager to change her life and learn all she can, Lupe has cleared her schedule in order to meet five mornings per week. She comes in every morning with a smile and a great deal of gratitude. Her tutors are enjoying watching her grow.


“I can’t believe I waited this long! I wish I knew about places like this before. I am so glad I came to Winchester and that you have this service. I can’t thank you enough. I am learning so much, already!”





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